Hear and See

Isaiah 6:9-10. “And He said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes: lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.”

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God no longer referred to Judah and Jerusalem as “My people,” but instead as “this people.” This change of reference appears frequently throughout the book, as God sees the hardness of their hearts and knows they are no longer truly His people.

This command to Isaiah was for the immediate future, but it also points to the time when Jesus Christ Himself, when He walked the earth, pronounced this very doom upon the apostate nation (Matt. 13:14,15.)

In verse 10, we see the punitive acts that God would carry out. The hearts of the people would be fat, or dulled;their ears would be deaf, their eyes would be blind. Isaiah’s message would be God’s instrument in doing it.  They had gone so far past the limit of God’s patience that He is ready to bring judgment down on them for their hard hearts and godless behaviors.  They had gone beyond the possibility of conversion and healing. It is possible to so harden one’s heart in evil as to render his condition without remedy, and in doing so he will endure God’s judgment on him.

America stands on the precipice.  If we do not turn our hearts back to God, His judgment is sure to follow.

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