“That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them”. (Mark 4:12)
By this saying, Jesus lets us know that spiritual vision is a gift, withheld from some. I believe these are those who are too proud and puffed up in their own knowledge. Those who study to boast and to argue, but not to learn and submit. Though they may look hard and long, and examine a book word for word, understanding evades them, because understanding is a gift that Wisdom gives to the humble.
The Wisdom of God is so precious that He guards it from fools. Jesus taught His disciples not to waste insight on the unreasonable (Matt 7:6). Entertaining debate with confirmed and hardened atheists may seem like a profitable exercise, but it is fraught with dangers. This certain class of unbelievers have determined not to know the Truth, and to continue to pursue dialogue is more an exercise of pride in our knowledge than love for them and others. Others, who have not heard will not hear, when you trap yourself in such a position.
At some point, after we have presented the gospel, and given a defense for our belief (1 Pet 3:15), it’s time to walk away. God is the One who calls, and He knows those who will hear… (John 10:27)
Our last duty is to pray for those that have rejected our witness. Pray that God might give them the grace to believe. Do not think highly of yourself because you know the Truth. Remember that it is by grace that you are saved, through faith, which is not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (Eph 2:8).
Finally, let those who have ears to hear hear the appeal of Wisdom!
Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord : They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. (Prov 1:20-33)
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