“Dull of Hearing”

September 28, 2014

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In Matthew 13, Jesus tells the Parable of the Sower and afterwards His disciples have some questions.  Jesus answers in part by quoting Isaiah: “This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’” (Matthew 13:13-15 ESV)  Hearing, in our day and in our culture, is also challenging.  And dullness of hearing is still an unfortunate ailment among God’s people.  Believers face many noisy distractions that seek to drowned out God’s Word.  In John 10:27 Jesus says: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”  But what does it say if so-called sheep don’t follow Him?  In Revelation 3:20 Jesus says to the church at Laodicea: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me.”  But what does it say if people ignore His knocking?  Dullness of hearing is ultimately a heart issue but it is also a matter of life and death and eternal consequences.  He who has ears let him hear…

Bible References

  • Matthew 13:10 - 17
  • John 10:25 - 30
  • Revelation 3:14 - 22
  • Hebrews 5:11 - 14