While reading Matthew today… this struck me:
Jesus quoted Isaiah to His disciples—because what was true about people’s hearts growing dull a thousand years prior, was still true in His day—and hearts will continue growing bored with the Lord until the earth passes away.
There are many attending Sunday service who talk like the Bible should be altered to fit the culture. God spoke of this problem way back in the pages of Judges, “Everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” (17:6) And Jesus debunked the same propaganda long before dull hearts thought to spread it. (Matthew 13:31) “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matthew 5:17) “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven.” (2 Timothy 3:16) “All Scripture is breathed out by God.” [emphasis mine]
We don’t want to mess with what God said, so let’s not go puttin’ words in God’s mouth. We need guard our hearts from growing dull, from becoming bored, sluggish, blunted by the schemes of the devil. We don’t update the latest version of the Bible like some Apple computer. We’re human! God spoke our sorry little hearts into existence for heaven sake! We’re not that great!
THE HEART THAT LOVES JESUS—DOES WHAT JESUS SAYS
Have you thought about what a dull heart really looks like? Ever talk with someone you know isn’t listening? Been in a relationship with a person who isn’t interested in your opinion? You got someone in your life who asks your advice, yet never takes it? One who only loves the sound of their own voice? The dull hearts scripture speaks of—are hearts with no interest in knowing Jesus. They may look, sound, and act pious, “But their heart is far from Me.” (Matthew 15:8)
Jesus said there’d be no shortage of false teachers. No lack of those having an appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Plenty of folks learnin’ but never arriving at the knowledge of the truth—never knowing who God really is.
The heart that loves Jesus—listens, loves, does what Jesus says.
With all our scholars, theologians, professors this is gonna be a hard one to hear: God needs no one to interpret for Him. “You will seek Me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
“The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.” Dwight L. Moody
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Seems I think of trying everything else first. “For this people’s heart has grown dull.” Remind me, Lord. Thank you for not giving up on me.
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Leaning into His faithfulness together, friend.