Go Tell This People,
Hear but Don’t Understand;
See but Perceive Not
“And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
Then said I, LORD, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, and the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.
But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof,” Isaiah 6:9-13.
One might wonder why God would have told the prophet to go and tell the people these things.
Why would He want the people to not understand nor to perceive?
Perhaps God wanted Isaiah to get their attention through the things that were being spoken to them. If they worshiped wood and stone they surely would have been deaf and blind to the things of God.
If a person can only see and hear the things around them through their limited senses, then the things of God will be foreign to them.
A person can train to be an athlete and would know that they would need to exercise and eat healthy foods in order to compete.
But their trainer might say, “Go ahead, eat donuts, sleep in late, and see how well you’ll do.“
You see, it’s a way of getting the athletes’ attention so that he or she finds out that eating the proper food and training is for their own good, and that the easy way out would only lead to an unhealthy life style.
The only way to develop spiritual eyes and ears is to train in the school of the Holy Spirit.
But there was a deeper response needed from the people that Isaiah was being sent to.
“In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is your strength,” Isaiah 30:15.
And even later on we hear the word of the LORD given through Isaiah speaks to them of rest from their labors, and yet the message was perhaps too simple for them.
“Indeed, He will speak to this people through stammering lips and a foreign tongue, He who said to them, “Here is rest, give rest to the weary,” And, “Here is repose,” but they would not listen,” Isaiah 28:11-12.
You see, perhaps God had allowed the people to have hardened hearts so that in time they might see the errors of their ways.
The words of the prophet came to the people in such a way that they simply did not understand.
They were so bent on their own iniquity that they then could not understand. But then the message given to Isaiah was not just meant for the people of his time; it extends even unto ours.
For this message applies to those who would receive what Christ had come for.
We speak those things of God oftentimes to a people who are blind and deaf to the things of the Almighty.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to the LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?