Dull Pupils

J. D. Conley
October 13, 2013

"For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them" (Mt. 13:15).

The history of man is one of dullness at hearing. God has spoken, (Heb.12:1-2). God spoke in the garden, (Gen.3:3). God spoke from Mt. Sinai, (Ex.20). God spoke through the prophets and now He speaks unto us by His Son. He declares, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, hear ye Him" (Mt.17:5). Man has been a slow and dull student. Pharaoh was slow to learn. This dullness is manifested by Israel in the wilderness, under Joshua and under the judges and kings.

The disciples of the Lord were dull of learning, dull of understanding. The apostles had dull pupils among the churches.

History repeats itself in the dullness of learning today. People remain dull in the face of revelation. Some remain dull even though they have heard the Truth of God's Word preached many times. Some are dull to the extent that they cannot discern truth from error when it is presented.

Why is this the case? Partly because of prejudice. We sometimes close our minds. We will never learn with closed minds. God's Word is not sought after, His Word in its simplicity is not heard. Therefore many are unable to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Open your eyes and ears to God's Word. Close your mind to the teachings of men and be receptive to the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is "the power of God unto salvation" (Rom.1:16). Our eternal destiny depends on it. God has spoken. We need to listen!