Hear without hearing, see without seeing



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    Paul had been arrested for teaching the truth. He then was put on trial before several different leaders before he appealed to Caesar in Rome. Paul, as a Roman citizen had this right and he exercised that right. As Paul arrives in Rome he is under "house arrest" and many people come to him to hear him teach and to see what he has to say. Paul teaches them concerning the Kingdom of God from the Law of Moses and the Prophets. Some believe that which he is teaching and some did not believe. That is when Paul quotes Isaiah 6:9-10 as recorded in the following passage.

    Acts 28:24 says, "‘Go to this people and say:“Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand;And seeing you will see, and not perceive;[27] For the hearts of this people have grown dull.Their ears are hard of hearing,And their eyes they have closed,Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,So that I should heal them.”

    Paul was giving these people everything that they needed to find salvation. Yet even in hearing and seeing the truth, they would not receive it because their hearts were grown dull. If they would just open their hearts to understand the truth and turn from sin they would find the spiritual healing that they needed. So many today are in the same position. They have truth at their fingertips, but even in hearing truth they will not allow it to turn their heart so they can be healed. A hard heart destroys truth.


 

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