As it is written in the Scriptures: “God gave the people a ·dull mind [L spirit of stupor/insensitivity] so they could not understand [Is. 29:10].” “He ·closed their eyes so they [or gave them eyes that] could not see and ·their ears so they [or gave them ears that] could not hear. This continues until today [Deut. 29:4].”
As it is written in the Scriptures: “God gave the people a dull mind so they could not understand.” Isaiah 29:10 “God closed their eyes so they could not see, and God closed their ears so they could not hear. This continues until today.” Deuteronomy 29:4
What conclusion do we reach now? That Israel did not, on the whole, obtain the object of his striving, but a chosen few “got there”, while the remainder became more and more insensitive to the righteousness of God. This is borne out by the scripture: ‘God has given them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear, to this very day’.
This is what our Scriptures refer to when they say that God has put them to sleep, shutting their eyes and ears so that they do not understand what we are talking about when we tell them of Christ. And so it is to this very day.
And then what happened? Well, when Israel tried to be right with God on her own, pursuing her own self-interest, she didn’t succeed. The chosen ones of God were those who let God pursue his interest in them, and as a result received his stamp of legitimacy. The “self-interest Israel” became thick-skinned toward God. Moses and Isaiah both commented on this: Fed up with their quarrelsome, self-centered ways, God blurred their eyes and dulled their ears, Shut them in on themselves in a hall of mirrors, and they’re there to this day. David was upset about the same thing: I hope they get sick eating self-serving meals, break a leg walking their self-serving ways. I hope they go blind staring in their mirrors, get ulcers from playing at god.
As it is written in the Scriptures: “God gave the people a dull mind so they could not understand.” Isaiah 29:10 “He closed their eyes so they could not see and their ears so they could not hear. This continues until today.” Deuteronomy 29:4
It is written, “God made it hard for them to understand. He gave them eyes that could not see. He gave them ears that could not hear. And they are still like that today.” (Deuteronomy 29:4; Isaiah 29:10)
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