Seeing not perceiving !

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From the Prophet Isaiah 6: 10 ” Make the heart of this people fat. 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 turn again, and be healed.

This message was revealed to the prophet Isaiah at the beginning of his ministry, after his solemn vision of Jehovah in the temple and a symbolical assurance of his own forgiveness, as preparation for his painful duty, which consisted of preaching to the people, but with a boldness that it would leave no effect as to the mass, except to blind and harden them .Why the messages should have blinded them instead of edifying & strengthening their faith? Believers haven’t  dispose their heart in prayer, to welcome the  gift of the Holy Spirit in order for them to receive the revelation of the understanding of the prophecy.  Jesus echoed this to his disciples when preparing to carry over  his ministry on earth in the book of

John 14:26 But the COUNSELOR, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.

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The distinction in both phrases in between sensation and perception, or between a mere impression on the organ ( the heart muscular organ that pumps blood through the body, and also though to be the seat of emotion ) and a correspondent intellectual effect.The ” verse 27 “ is commanding the prophet to do his duty or perform his office, with an accompanying intimation of its actual effect ( repentance & conversion to the gospel) upon the people through their own perversity and unbelief ( Struggling to believed through their senses ). In this fearful process, there are three distinguishable agencies expressively or implicitly described:

  • the ministerial agency of the Prophet ( taken the heart of this people, dull their ears, shut their eyes,etc…);

  • the judicial agency of God ( the commission of reaching out the nations ) John 12:20 ” now there were certain Greeks among those that went up to worship at the feast.”;

  • the suicidal agency of the people themselves – Matthew 13:15, represents the people as destroyed by their own insensibility and unbelief.

However, the heart is neither the affection nor the intellect exclusively, but the whole mind or soul as comprehending both. 1 Samuel 13:14 ” …Yahweh has sought for himself a man after his own heart, and Yahweh has appointed him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept that which Yahweh commanded you.To have a heart after God’s heart, we must be converted, be spirit-filled, spend time alone with God, and be obedient in small things.”

In fact, the moral effect of seeing and perceiving is the literal conversion to God. Genuine conversion would never be such much emphasize, it is the work of God. The human heart in which lie imparts new life and a right standing before him based on the work of Christ in the cross. It is not based upon human will power, but on the sovereign; unmerited favor, and choice of God

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John 1: 13 ” who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

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