THEME: HARDNESS OF HEART
“But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again: “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.” These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.”
-Jesus preached in Jerusalem and performed many signs and miracles but the people hardened their hearts. Jesus lamented over Jerusalem saying, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matthew 23:37-39). The people shut their eyes and ears to the truth and did not recognize the significance of seeing and hearing, and consequently did not repent so that they may receive forgiveness. This is a sad reality today where people have become dull in hearing and their understanding has been darkened. God calls each one of us to receive His salvation. Through His new covenant, He gives each one a new heart and a new spirit that we may turn and live.
Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest heaven. Open the eyes of our hearts dear Jesus so that we may see You. Grant that we may see You in our lives, families, work, businesses, relationships, marriages, government, society, purposes and nation. Open the hearts of all people and nations that we may see Your salvation and walk through the Door of life. Open our ears dear Jesus that we may hear Your voice and follow You. Forgive us our trespasses and wash us with Your precious blood dear Jesus. You are the Lord who heals us. May You heal us from all pain, fear, unbelief and evil desires. Grant us rest in Your presence Holy Spirit and help us to turn from all evil. Fill us with Your fruit and gifts our Helper. May Your favor, grace and blessings always be present in us and with us. All glory, honor, power and praise belongs to You Lord, now and forever. Amen
Further reading: Ezekiel 18:30-32, Jeremiah 31:33
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