He That Hath An Ear To Hear

    And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word,

    ‘Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, saying,

    Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: for the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”

Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.” Acts 28:25-29

    The Apostle Paul herein had been proclaiming the Truth of the gospel of Christ, using the Law of Moses to explain how everything that happened to their forefathers and the commandments were types and shadows of Christ and how the prophecies which were foretold were fulfilled by Jesus.  He was bound and the Jews in Rome came to him to hear what he had to say about the Way, yet some of them still would not believe.  His education at the feet of Gamaliel and the knowledge he possessed had been used by the Holy Spirit to teach and preach to them, yet they would not hear.  As he experienced this, he realized what was happening in the spirit and he stopped and addressed it, using the scriptures that were within him, which were brought to his remembrance by the Holy Ghost.

    He quoted the book of Isaiah, wherein is written that the prophet had communed with the Lord.  Isaiah saw Him sitting on His throne, with His train filling the temple, surrounded by seraphims who were crying, “holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.” (Isaiah 6:1-3) He realized that he was unworthy of being in the Presence of the Lord, and he admitted such, and a seraphim took a coal and touched it to his lips, cleansing his sins. (Isaiah 6:5-7)  Then, he heard the voice of the Lord calling him, and Isaiah answered that call to go forth.  The Lord told Isaiah:

    Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and 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 convert, and be healed.” Isaiah 6:9&10

    Isaiah then asked for how long shall he proclaim the Word of Almighty God to the people.  God said until the cities, its houses, and the land itself were desolate, emptied of men by His hand.  In other words, until all had heard and there were none left to tell it to.

    Paul found himself doing the very same thing which God had asked of Isaiah, only Paul carried with him the complete knowledge of what the scriptures mean, and within him the Promise of the Holy Spirit Who anointed his words and gave them power as he preached the fulfillment of God’s redemption plan through Christ.  In addition, he had the calling of Jesus to go beyond the Jews to the Gentiles, and so he did.

    There will be times where those around us will see that our lives are not like their lives.  If we are living in the victory Christ gained for us on the Cross, we will exhibit the fruit of the Spirit, and those evidences of joy, love, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, kindness, and self control can only be explained through our testimony of Christ in our lives.  We will do what we are asked by sharing Him with those who come to us.  They will be faced with the same decision that the Jews before Paul had to make, the same decision we had to make.  They either will or will not believe.  Be of good cheer, brethren.  God knows who will and who will not accept the Truth, though we cannot.  Therefore, we are asked to take the gospel to all nations, and all people.  We are asked to do the same thing Isaiah was asked to do.  Speak the Truth until there is no one left to hear it.  We cannot pick and choose who we will speak to, for all need to hear it.

Speak to them the Truth of the gospel, and when the simplicity of it is too confusing and they argue the details unwilling to simply believe, say to them what God says to tell them, and that is that they are choosing not to hear the Truth, nor do they want to see it nor accept it, as they ignore the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and that God said it.  Maybe they’ll ask you to explain what you mean by that.  Show them this scripture and how Paul did what you are doing and how they are being like the Jews who would not listen.  Maybe that will cause them to do as those Jews did and go confer with someone else about what you said.  Either way, don’t stop speaking Truth because some will believe.


One thought on “He That Hath An Ear To Hear

  1. Good word! An encouragement to those who are trying to share the Gospel and it seems no one is listening:)


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