But though He had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on Him:
That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the Arm of the Lord been revealed?
Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,
He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.
These things said Esaias, when he saw His glory, and spake of Him.
In this extremely sad passage, we are actually seeing prophecy fulfilled. In both Isaiah 53: 1 and 6:9-10, the prophet wrote that in spite of the clear work of the Arm of the Lord, many (Jews) would not believe in Him. They were looking for a conquering King, not a suffering Savior. Isaiah 6:9-10 says:
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10 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.
What is happening, then, is the judgment of God was on the people who heard and saw His power, and yet refused to believe. There are always consequences for sin. There is a limit to what God will overlook, a limit to how long His Spirit will strive with man, before He allows judgment to come upon them for their unbelief.
I can’t help but think of how long God will strive with America before He allows judgment to fall on us for our unbelief, our turning away from Him for earthly pursuits of gain and pleasure, our murdering of unborn and newly-born infants, our profane and blasphemous treatment of the things of God.
I pray that there are still enough Americans left who DO trust and believe on Him to spare us from His judgment.