Pamphlet 1928 Hebrews kc 3-1
The majority of our people have not ears to hear (understand) nor eyes to see (spiritually perceive).
Paul, the great teacher and Hebrew scholar, is giving an "utterly" awesome Bible lesson to the Hebrews, those lost (dispersed) tribes of the House of Israel in this final generation (Do you know who and where they are?). He is actually bringing forth and expounding the kingdom of God and the glory of Jesus Christ from the Old Testament... as was his manner of teaching. Of course there was no canon of writings called the New Testament at that time and it would come to pass that Paul himself would actually end up writing the majority of it. However, the fascinating truth of the matter is and the part that the "dull of hearing" do not "see" and understand, is that most of Paul's teachings simply expound and testify to that which is already written in the Old Testament. You see, Paul knew and taught that "Jesus Christ came in the volume of the Book", ALL of it, for it is "written of Him"!
As if to further illustrate the point, even this New Testament scripture in not "new"! Paul quoted it from the Book of Psalms:Hebrews 10:7
Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
Let us document how Paul teaches about the kingdom of God and persuades us concerning Jesus Christ. It is written in the book of Acts concerning his methodology:Psalm 40:7
Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
It should not be surprising to know that one who is knowledgeable of the law and the prophets can easily "preach Christ" and testify to the kingdom of God.Acts 28:23-27
And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
Some of God's elect become a little bewildered or even discouraged at times when folks (especially loved ones) are not receptive to hearing the truth of God's Word after the manner of "thus saith the Lord" and "it is written". Hey, not even the apostle Paul, one of the greatest teachers of all time next to Jesus Christ, could "persuade" them. It just further documents that God's Word through the mouths of the prophets are RIGHT ON! And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
Yes, "well spake" the Holy Spirit by Isaiah, i.e. how true it is both then and now, that the majority of our people have not ears to hear (understand) nor eyes to see (spiritually perceive). And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,
The reason for the spiritual "blindness" and "dullness of hearing" is that so many of our brothers and sisters are so indoctrinated with the traditions of men (churchianity) that they have become "hardened" (hard headed would be more like it) and consequently they see no need to be converted, which means "to turn" to Him, to His Word, wherein He dwells.Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye s hall see, and not perceive:
And so behold, here Paul is in this great Book of Hebrews expounding and testifying the kingdom of God and teaching and persuading us concerning Jesus out of both the law and the prophets. (the Old Testament) For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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