Isaiah 6: 8-10 The Senses Are Dulled

Isaiah 6:8-10 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; keep on looking, but do not understand.’ Render the hearts of this people insensitive, their ears dull, and their eyes dim, otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and return and be healed.”

Isaiah volunteers to God’s call. God wants Isaiah to go tell His people the following. How would you like to send this message to a group of people? Your senses are dulled. You have a limited ability to hear. You are not really capable of comprehension. And your ability to see things accurately is a bit blurry.

Judgment on Israel has been pronounced and there is no turning back at this time as far as God is concerned.

This dulling of the senses has been the case from the beginning with Israel. Prior to going into the land, God is discussing this very topic with Moses. Despite all the miracles Israel had witnessed coming out of Egypt, they still did not believe. Despite the provisions during the wandering in the desert for 40 years, Israel did not believe. The result is Deuteronomy 29:4 “Yet to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear.

Other prophets have reminded Israel their senses are dulled. Take Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

Jeremiah 5:21 ‘Now hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see; who have ears but do not hear.

Ezekiel 12:2 “Son of man, you live in the midst of the rebellious house, who have eyes to see but do not see, ears to hear but do not hear; for they are a rebellious house.

Fulfillment of the Isaiah 6:9-10 passages are noted in Matthew 13:14-15 when Jesus began speaking in parables about the kingdom of Heaven.

The Apostle Paul in Romans 11:8 referred to these Israelites who did not believe. In the previous verse Paul indicates people were “hardened”. The Greek word is poroo. According to Strong’s Concordance it means: to cover with a thick skin, to harden by covering with a callus, to make the heart dull, to grow hard, become dull, lose the power of understanding.

This is what happens to people when they reject God’s word. They become calloused and cynical toward what the Bible has to say. It is read and it has no meaning. Eventually, God leaves people to their own devices. The result is Psalm 81:11-12 “But My people did not listen to My voice, And Israel did not obey Me. So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their heart, to walk in their own devices”. To see what humanity is capable of doing when left to their devices, see Romans 1:18-31. A little taste of humanity making decisions apart from God…Romans 1:29-31 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful…

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