The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord ; be assured, he will not go unpunished. Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see, and make their loins tremble continually.
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;. Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me! But to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear. Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good.
- Compare Translations for Isaiah 29:18.
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Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. They have eyes full of adultery, insatiable for sin. They entice unsteady souls. They have hearts trained in greed. Accursed children! Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts.
And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.
The Problem Declared (29:9-16)
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?
Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. The poor man and the oppressor meet together; the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Now the young man Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision. The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of mind,. For no one who has a blemish shall draw near, a man blind or lame, or one who has a mutilated face or a limb too long, or a man who has an injured foot or an injured hand, or a hunchback or a dwarf or a man with a defect in his sight or an itching disease or scabs or crushed testicles.
So how do the people know what to do? Rather, their fear of the Lord and their worship are based on what others have taught them, and not their own passion for him. They do not desire to know the Lord. They do not give all their effort to seek him. They are doing what they are doing simply because they have been told to do what they are doing. They are doing these things to do these things.
It is just habit or ritual. It is just doing what they have been told to do. There is no passion. Their hearts are far from the Lord. They are lazy and disinterested toward the things of God. Jesus quoted this text and made the same application to the people while he walked the earth. Jesus condemns the Pharisees for going through the motions, keeping the rules, and knowing their own commands, but not caring for and passionately pursuing the words of God Matthew ; Mark There are so many points that God is trying to teach us in this prophecy and in the way Jesus applied this prophecy.
1. Two Eyes Increase the Field of Vision and Enhance Clarity
Do we seek to know God or just receive what others have told us about God? The people were unwilling to learn the ways of God. They simply relied upon what they knew. This is the trigger that turns an enjoyable, exciting relationship with our Lord into a boring, ritualistic religion that has no meaning or power. If my teaching is all you receive from the scriptures, then you have not tasted that the Lord is good and worth your time and effort. Is it too much work to turn off the television and open your Bible?
The people were lazy and indifferent toward the word of God. Notice the outcome of not seeking to truly know God through his word: we are blinding ourselves. This should be a scary proposition for us to consider. We keep ourselves from walking in the light and knowing the truth and, perhaps the most important, from knowing the glory of God when we do not seek him. We are missing out on experiencing an unbelievably deep relationship with God. I cannot express to you the joy and strength I have from spending time in the word of God every day.
The Deaf Hearing
Seeing the glory of God is absolutely life changing. This is the method by which God operates.
Jesus would tell parables to see who would spend their time thinking about what he said and come to him for an explanation for his teachings cf. Matthew God did not reveal his message on a kindergarten level. He revealed himself in such a way to cause people to seek after him, to learn about him, and explore the depths of his glory.
What Does the Bible Say About Eyesight To The Blind?
Understanding God does not just come to you. You must engage him and exert to find him to enjoy the riches of his grace.
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- Turfschwindel (German Edition);
These people in the days of Isaiah are indifferent and will not give the effort to seek the greatness of God. Even though the people act with great indifference, God would continue his great love and do something astonishing and wonderful that will put down the wisdom of the world The cross is the mind-blowing act that will be the wonderful act of God for the world. However, before Isaiah explores what God will do, he interrupts himself with the final condemnation of this chapter concerning the people in verses Isaiah exposes the wickedness of our hearts. Who knows us? We think that no one knows what we are doing.
We think that our sins will have no effect on ourselves nor on others. This thinking reveals our determination to be our own masters. We want to live in our sinful ways thinking that there will be no consequences. We want to be in charge of our lives. We want to rule our ways. We have life completely upside down.