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What does it mean to not see what we see?


Matthew 5:43 - 48

ESV - 43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

Clarify (1) Share Report Asked April 27 2013 Mini Alicia Rosa

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Mini Aija Brauvere
”Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear” (Jeremiah 5:21).

In short, - on this question God has answered Himself. In the Bible He shows that in the innermost recesses of the their hearts people are disobedient, stubborn, rebellious; focused on all the things of this world rather than God. Even Christians do not really see who is Jesus. Even they live with hardened hearts sometimes and can not see fully. Enemy of this world with all his strength keep people from seeing the truth. The same like in the case of Egyptian pharaoh and others, today is nothing changed. When people harden they hearts by living without God or only with occasional remembering Him than naturally they become/ are spiritually blinded. Never ever they can understand the things of God or His kingdom. They can see but never perceive. 

Jesus said: “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, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them” (Mark 13:15). In that is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah. 

In Ezekiel 12:2 God is speaking about rebellious people. “They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people.”

Any time when people depart from God’s loving care they stop to see the truth and became blinded by all kinds of evil of this world. If more we depart from God if more we loose our sight to the reality and start to think and act according to this world. 

”As it is written: "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear, to this very day” (Romans 11:8). 

Because of our own obstinate spirit we tend to lead our lives by own meanings and understanding which we highly value, and so challenge Holy God. Not really wise thing to do. 

If we want to see clearly than there is no other way as only turn to Jesus. Only He can open our eyes may we can see fully and understand. Although people often claim they can see and understand, but is that so? Ask Jesus every day to open your ears and enlighten eyes of your heart (Mark 8:22-25). If more you ask if more He give. He promised to give you Holy Spirit. “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13). He will lead you, guide you and let you know all the truth, even deep und inconceivable things. 

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19). With refreshing will comes also seeing and hearing. From right seeing and hearing comes all spiritual blessings and you will enter the rest of God. 
Our seeing and perceiving, hearing and understanding comes from nothing else as only from Jesus Himself. Do not be one of them who have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? 

God’s greatest desire is let every person come to Jesus and are saved. After submitting your heart, mind, soul, body and spirit to HIM take stand and “lead out those who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf” (Isaiah 43:8). 

Remember always that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…”(James 1:17). 

Do not harden your heart today and may “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might…”(Ephesians 1).

Taste and see that the LORD is good (Ps.34:8).

April 04 2014 1 response Vote Up Share Report

White blue peacock Karla Mcgrath
I think that you can "see" on different levels.  You can see the surface of something or you can see it deeply, and perhaps many places in between.  The Bible tells us we see things incompletely now and that God's thoughts are not our thoughts.  Jesus in Matthew 5:43 is helping his hearers to delve more deeply into the need to love others.  To "see" that even loving your neighbor is not enough.  On a deeper level, we need to love even our enemies.  This reveals more about God than anything else.

April 27 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Lificonl100png Lifey Lackadaisy Lifey
People have an innate sense that allows them to detect other warm bodies nearby, often referred to as the sixth sense.  This is to help us seek each other out, I suppose.

You can see without actually eye-seeing, so to speak.  At least, that's what I think.

April 29 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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