Two Different Kinds of Eyes and Two Different Kinds of Ears

  In the Bible, you will read the terms ‘eyes that see’ and ‘ears that hear’. Jesus talks about people being spiritually blind. Let’s look at some of the verses that talk about hearing ears and seeing eyes.

Matthew 13:9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 13: 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. (Jesus speaking to His disciples).

John 9:40,41 And some of the Pharisees who were with him heard these words, and said to him, Are we blind also? Jesus answered them, If you were blind, you would have no sin: but now you say, We see; therefore your sin remains.

Revelation 2:11  He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches; He who overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death.

Matthew 11:15 He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. (Jesus speaking).

So it appears that some people have ears to hear with and eyes to see with, while others don’t. What causes spiritual blindness and deafness? In the book of Romans, God tells us that in creation, God has proven Himself through His creation. He doesn’t have to prove Himself anymore than that. It is clear, that God has created everything, and when people reject God and the fact that He is the Creator, they will receive spiritual blindness.

Romans 1:18-21 

   For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has shown it to them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Bertrand Russell was asked one time if he were to die and stand before the God that he says he doesn’t believe in, what would he tell him. Bertrand responded by saying, “Not, enough evidence. Not enough evidence.” So there you have it. People make their choices. If they make choices like this man did, they will never have eyes to see God with, nor will they ever be able to hear His voice. 

   Jesus said that His followers will hear His voice. They have ears that can hear the voice of God. People who reject God won’t hear His voice. The evidence that is so clearly seen, will not be seen with their eyes. Remember too, that these people are not looking for God. They are looking for a way to believe that God isn’t true, and that He really didn’t create us. They want to believe that He will not judge us for our sins and selfishness. 

   Richard Dawkins, the well known Atheist of the day, when trying to explain the details of creation, said in response to this, something to this effect, ” I know it looks designed, but it wasn’t” It could have been another Atheist, I’m not sure. But the point is that what God made obvious, we want to blur, because we don’t like the truth behind it. It will cost us too much. 

  Are we blind and deaf, like many of the Pharisees in Jesus’ day, or, do we really see the obvious and are ok with it? Have we heard God’s voice as He reveals Himself to us in the Gospel? There are different groups of people the Bible describes. Those that can see and hear, and those who are blind and deaf. There are the sheep, and there are the goats. There are the redeemed and unredeemed. 

   One more thing; People don’t start out spiritually blind. The blindness comes when they reject what is obvious. The original problem is not that they are blind, it is that they refuse to see the truth and then they become blind. Almost always, when talking with children, they don’t have a problem believing and knowing that God is the creator. People get hardened to the message of the Gospel as they get older. If a person doesn’t have a correct understanding of who God is before difficult times set in (which they will sooner or later), that person will not be able to understand what God is doing in the difficulty, and why He is doing it. We see this happening in Darwin’s life. He was a churchgoing boy. He loved nature. He got married and had a daughter. The daughter died at an early age and he began to doubt God. As time went on, he wrote his book, ‘The Origin of Species’ which was about the Plausibility of the evolution theory. He rejected the obvious and chose to not see the creation as made by God. He was the one who lost out though. God still reigns. Darwin is no longer alive. 

   Even if everyone on earth were spiritually blind, God still reigns true. God doesn’t want any of us to be spiritually blind and deaf. The choice is up to us. What will we do with our choice? How will we respond to God? 

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