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Dull

April 28, 2015

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Dull

To be “dull”  is  to be lacking sensitivity  —  to be lacking spirit  and perception  of one’s surroundings.     Even supposedly  smart people  can become “dull”.     They may be intelligent  as far as  the world  is concerned,  but they are bored  to death  with God’s words  to us.     They may know  a lot of things  about  the Bible,  but their hardened hearts  do not feel  the love  of God  therein.     Their proud,  hardened hearts  refuse  to admit their sinful condition  and need  for repentance.

That’s why Jesus often spoke  in parables.     Because they hardened their own hearts  after hearing  God’s word,  it became impossible  for them  to understand  and accept  the wondrous gift  of forgiveness  and eternal life  through faith  in Jesus.     They heard  Jesus’ audible words,  but it did not  make sense  to them.

When explaining  their dire situation  to His disciples,  in Matthew 13:14-15,  Jesus quoted Isaiah  saying,

You will keep on hearing,  but will not understand;
You will keep on seeing,  but will not perceive;
For the heart  of this people  has become dull,
With their ears  they scarcely hear,
And they have closed  their eyes,
Otherwise  they would see  with their eyes,
Hear  with their ears,
And understand  with their heart  and return,
And  I would heal them.

Jesus’ followers  were called “blessed”  because they chose  to hear  and see  with their hearts  all that God Almighty  was gifting them with.     Jesus’ followers  understood  their need  to repent  and “return”  to the Lord,  so that the LORD would “heal”  them  of all their sins.

Those  who refused  to see  and hear  in their hearts  that Jesus  is our righteousness  and salvation  proudly refused  to “return”  to the LORD  and be healed  of their sins.     Proud, “dull”  hearts  reject  God’s gift  even after seeing  and hearing  about it  in God’s word.

Humble,  understanding hearts  say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your salvation  in Christ Jesus  is the keeping  of all Your  Old Testament promises  of a Savior.     Thank You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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