Wednesday, September 30, 2009

NTC Day 10: Matt. 19-20, Acts 28

Today there are only three chapters. Your chance to catch up! I know it was for me. :)

Acts 28:26-27

"Go to this people and say, 'You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them'."

This is not the first time that we have heard these words. Jesus himself quotes this passage from Isaiah in response to his disciples’ question as to why He spoke to the people in parables. Yet we seem to see the extent of the peoples' calloused hearts, their closed ears and eyes. For Jesus spoke in parables and the Jews did not understand and rejected him. Yet Paul comes and speaks in plain language and clear words, and he too is rejected. This seems to drive home the point that Jesus made that it has been given to some to believe, yet not to others.

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