365 Prophecies: Prophecy 162
When Messiah arrives, many of those who hear and see, will not understand Him.
Old Testament Prediction:
Isaiah 6:9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ 10. Make the heart of this people dull, And their ears heavy, And shut their eyes; Lest they see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And return and be healed.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 13:13-15 “Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’ ”
Jesus claimed that His rejection by Israel was a fulfillment of Isaiah 6:9.
“And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: “Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive…”
It is true of the human heart that when it comes to spiritual matters, most people are really not that interested. When many people hear a story or illustration from the Bible, very often they could care less about the deeper meaning. For some who have a genuine heart to know who God is—when a parable or illustration is recited, an earnest desire springs up to understand the depth of the story.
David described the teaching style of the Messiah as veiled in parables—which causes the casual listener to walk away, and the sincere seeker to search deeper.
Prophecy 125, Psalms 78:2 “I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old…”
Jesus fulfilled the words of David:
Matthew 13:34-35 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”
When a human being thinks, he does so by the use of pictures, not words. Words communicate truth, but the mind conveys these truths to the heart by images of the objects that are perceived. When truths are communicated by common objects that are familiar to us, we see a picture of this object in our mind. It is then that we can ponder these representations and understand how they relate to the story that is being told. The Bible describes Jesus as the Creator of all thing (Colossians 1:17). Therefore, when He teaches, He will often use a parable that contains these common objects of life—to reveal a hidden truth about the kingdom of God that He has brought to earth.
These commonly understood principles, such as how seeds are planted and grow, are taken and expounded upon to show us a heavenly truth.
For the casual listener who hears a parable being spoken, there is a choice to be made—either to ponder the deeper meaning of what is being said or to walk away perplexed and uninterested.
Jesus described the reason why He spoke by the use of parables, as a method to separate the sincere from the insincere. Those who were searching for the truth of God, with all of their heart, would hear the stories Jesus taught and then search out the deeper meaning.
Isaiah prophesied that when the Messiah arrived, He would use this method of teaching—for the very purpose that Jesus describes:
“All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world.”
Today, most of the people who hear the words of Jesus, ignore Him and deny His claim upon their life. They reach their conclusions apart from knowledge, because of their unwillingness to seek truth and follow the evidence to its conclusion. Those who have an agenda to continue in the life they have chosen, are not interested in the words of Jesus. Only those who recognize their need for God and are willing to search for Him with all of their heart—will find Him.
Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Those who hear the words of Jesus and fervently desire to know God, find His identity by sincerity and diligence.
For a complete list of all the Parables taught by Jesus in the New Testament, see the chapter in this book: The Parables of the Messiah