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.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.* (* Isaiah 6:9,10)
Here we have Jesus quoting Isaiah to answer a question from His disciples about parables
10 The disciples came to Him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”
11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
In quoting Isaiah Jesus states some extraordinary truths and these are truths we may have experienced personally in our own lives or in some of those around us. We have seen people with calloused hearts or have been people with calloused hearts. With a calloused heart what happens? [T]hey hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Oh, they can see and hear what is going on around them, but nonetheless they are deaf and blind to the wonders around them. It can be sunrises and sunsets, a fresh snowfall, the beauty of fall leaves – the beauty and wonder of these are invisible to them. Then there is the love expressed in a child’s voice saying “I love you Daddy/Mommy” or the sound of the wind in the trees or the incredible joy or happiness in various songs of life and/or praise. These only scratch the surface of the things they are blind and deaf too as they are also deaf and blind to the prophecies of the Old Testament realized in Jesus.
Jesus added the following from Isaiah for those without calloused hearts they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them. Now I don’t know about you, but since finding Jesus I see so many wonders I never saw before and hear so much I never heard before. I continue to see and hear more and more as the years go by as His healing continues within me. It is as Paul said in Philippians 1:6 He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Jesus concludes with these words to His disciples and perhaps to us
16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
What do you hear and see? What do you not hear and see? Check the condition of your heart for what you consider the most important – God and family or job and success? Pay careful attention to the answers.