“Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.”
(heal is the Greek word: iaomai, which means whole)
He said we have eyes but we don’t see,
And we have ears but we don’t hear.
Then He said if we could see and hear we could understand and turn, and then He would heal us of whatever we needed healed of.
Perhaps you need healing in your body, your mind, your finances, your marriage or any other area. Healing can come in many different areas of our lives and I believe this is why Jesus used the word that described wholeness. But, regardless of what we need healed of, the process is still the same.
I will attempt to give a simple explanation of this complex process in this short article.
So let’s take a look at these 4 key elements for wholeness:
#1 We have eyes and ears but still we can’t see or hear
They were not blind nor deaf, they could see and hear perfectly, in the natural world, but they could not see and hear the spiritual world. We need for our five senses to connect to the Three Dimensional, physical, world that we live in, but the supernatural lies in the Fourth Dimension. And it takes much more than simply the five senses to connect with the Fourth Dimension (read my article on the Fourth Dimension)
#2 Perception is directly connected to seeing and hearing
And it also involves our attitude and understanding. Here is example of what I am trying to say: in the sentence that you just read I intentionally left out the word an, before the word, example, yet when you read the sentence you understood exactly what I was trying to say, because of your perception. And your perception is a byproduct of your understanding, which flows from your knowledge and attitude. This is why God said, “my people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” We all have gained knowledge; perhaps it’s Baptist knowledge; Pentecostal knowledge; Presbyterian knowledge or Catholic knowledge, and the list goes on and on. Our perception is based upon our knowledge. In another place Jesus said, “take heed what you hear for with the same measure that you measure, it will be measured back to you again.” Also He said we make the Word of God of no effect because of our tradition. We must constantly hunger for more knowledge and never descend into a place of contentment thinking we know everything we need to know. We should always hunger to grow more in the knowledge of God.
Words describe pictures that are in our mind. We try to communicate what’s in our mind to other people by words. The problem is, words cannot paint an exact picture of what’s in our mind. An example of what I mean perhaps can be explained by a trip my wife and I took to Mount Rushmore. I can tell you we beheld Mount Rushmore and there on the mountain was carved the image of four different Presidents. I could give you their names; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. That gives you an image or a perception of what is in my mind but not the exact image. It would be impossible for me to give you an image of what is in my mind by simply using words.
In the Old Testament prophets received the Word of the God, but Jesus did not receive the Word of God, He was the word of God. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God,” But even though Jesus was the word of God He could not communicate the exact image of God to us because of our limited perception. Therefore, we must have the Holy Spirit working in us to take the words that Jesus spoke and reveal them to us in a way that we can see the complete picture.
#4 Dullness of Heart
Jesus said, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” And the disciples reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have no bread.” But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “Why do you reason because you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember? (Mk: 8:15-18)
They did not perceive nor did they understand. I believe if you study this story out you will come to the same conclusion that I did and that the reason they did not perceive nor understand was because they spent no time meditating on the miracle that they had seen. If they had meditated on seeing Jesus feed thousands of people with a few loaves of bread their perception would have been different. But, as it was, they did not understand what He had done, therefore their perception was distorted. Now, because of their lack of understanding and perception, they are upset because they only have one loaf of bread. If Jesus could feed thousands of people with five loaves, why are these twelve men worried because they only have one loaf? Surely if He feed five thousand with five loaves He could feed twelve with one loaf.
Understanding properly is essential to a proper perspective, but we will never understand properly if we fail to spend time meditating on the knowledge we have received. And we will not meditate if our attitude is not correct. Our attitude must always be that we meditate and study to become, not to gain knowledge. Knowledge puffs up but love edifies.
The purpose of the Scriptures is not so that we can find answers to all of our problems; the purpose of the Scriptures is to make us look like Christ. We study to become one with Him, to co-labor with God as vessels of love, to have the mind of Christ, so that we can better serve the world around us. When this is our attitude true knowledge and understanding will increase. And when understanding and knowledge increase, our perception will change, and when our perception is correct we will turn, and when we turn He makes us whole.