I sat and contemplated the call of the Prophet. Those incredible names buried in the middle of the Bible. What was it about these individuals that God himself would speak directly, outloud, you know, just like talking to your mom, outloud! (goosebumps are allowed)
Isaiah was called by God to announce the Messiah and his coming both first and second. In the 6th chapter we read the ninth verse thusly:
9 He said, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
Seems rather strange that God himself would tell the world that there would be those that would not fully understand his plan? Apparently that answer is a firm yes. Before you cry foul, lets take a serious look at the free will gig. You can choose anything you want to believe in, or not, at any time.
God is so ‘on point’ with your freedom that He says it again ….
Matthew 13:14 “In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”
So, this means the are those that aptly understand the Scriptures, and in the case of the Disciples, there are those that do not understand the parables. Again, the principle is exampled in the words of the Messiah “Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” Matthew 13:13
As well, we see this in Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
For those that understand the “Old Testament” IS the Bible of the Apostles and Disciples, the “Old Testament” IS the Bible of the Christian faith and the letters of Paul attest to the validity of Torah. They can see the importance of Isaiah’s message and call to the people to return to Torah. This is Gods will. John proclaims it in one of the affirmation letters.
According to the Apostles, it changed seconds after Yeshua resurrected, as they record in Acts….
Acts 28:26 “‘Go to this people and say, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.”
The front of the book IS the Book.