He Who has Ears, Let Them Hear

Matthew 13:14-15

Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:

“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.
For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.”

I think in many ways, this is the message of grace today. Many people hear, but never understand. They see it, but don’t perceive it. It feels too good to be true. It seems like the easy way out. I understand this prophecy is talking about the bigger picture of God, heaven and the spiritual world, but many people reject God because they have not been demonstrated true grace in their lives.

A lot of people have rejected God or rejected the message of Christ. I have a friend who was raised in church but today he rejects any belief in God and calls himself an atheist. We’ve had long discussions about religion and faith and mortality. As with most people rejecting the notion of God, there was some anger in his voice. When talking about religion or how people have represented to God, I could see his countenance change. It him me one day during our lunch: he wasn’t rejecting God–he was rejecting a bad definition of God or a bad representation of God. His heart had grown dull towards God. He could see, but not perceive. He could hear, but not understand.

My new goal in life is communicate and represent God as he really is–that he loves people unconditionally, that what they do or don’t do will not influence God’s desire to love on them and spend time with them. The message of grace is that sin no longer separates us from God. He lives in us and with us all of the time.

Matthew 13:41-43

The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

In this scripture, Jesus is explaining to them the parable of the harvest that he told them in verses 24 through 30 of this chapter. The enemy came and sowed bad seed in the field of good seed. Jesus said let both of them grow and then at the harvest, the good and bad will be separated.

It’s interesting how he describes the bad seed and the good seed at the time of the harvest. The bad seed is “all causes of sin and all law-breakers” and the good seed is described as “the righteous” that will “shine like the sun”. It’s interesting to me that he didn’t call the good seed “law keepers”, but rather “the righteous”. What defines the good seed, those who are destined to shine like the sun in the kingdom of their father, is that they are righteous.

He again calls the good “righteous” in verses 49 and 50: “So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

To be good seed (or good fish), the key is righteousness, being right with God. How do you do that? This is what the rest of the New Testament defines–how we can become righteous.

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