How is everyone? John Landt here. Thank you for joining me today. Welcome to Voice Cry Episode Four. I would like to share what God shares with me with you. Here we go. I’m going to talk to you today about Isaiah 6: 9 and 10. This is a reference that we will be referencing in the Gospels and I’ll be reading from the Net Bible. You can choose the Bible that you like, but I’m choosing the Net Bible. Like it and there’s nothing wrong with another version if you’d like to use that. That’s okay.
So here we go. We have John Chapter 12: 37 to 40, and it goes like this. Although Jesus had performed so many miraculous signs before them, they still refused to believe in him so that the word of Isaiah, the Prophet, would be fulfilled. He said, Lord who has believed our message? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For this reason they could not believe because again Isaiah said, he has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart so that they would not see with their eyes and understand with their heart and turn to me and I would heal them, and that was the reference to Isaiah 6: 9 and 10.
So Jesus really performed many miraculous signs. Yet people still could not, would not believe. Why do you think that is? I believe that the Lord says in the past becomes true. It shows how everything the Lord says is truth. So let’s continue. I’d like to read from Luke chapter eight. The parable of the sower. While a large crowd was gathering, the people were coming to Jesus from one town after another. He spoke to them in a parable. A sower went out to sow a seed and as he sewed, some fell along the path and was trampled on and the wild birds devoured it.
Other seed fell on rock and when it came up, it withered because it had no moisture. Other seed fell along thorns and they grew up with it and choked it, but other seed fell on the good soil and grew and it produced 100 times as much grain, and he said this, he called out. The one who has ears to hear had better listen. So what do you think that parable means? I would not know what it means and I have to thank the disciples for asking what that parable means. Let’s see what they say. Then the disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said you have been given the opportunity to know the secrets of the Kingdom of God before others. They are in parable. So that although they see, they may not see and although they hear, they may not understand.
So the parable is like a riddle told to unbelievers to not understand. Believers, I believe, are told what the parable means so we do understand. Now the parable means this. The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who heard it. Then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart so that they may not believe and be saved.
Those on the rocks are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in a time of tasting they fall away. So to help clarify that in Mark Chapter 4, verse 16 and 17 says this: These are the ones sewn on rocky ground. As soon as they hear the word, they receive it with joy, but they have no root in themselves and do not endure. Then when trouble or persecution comes because of the word immediately fall away.
So the testing in Luke is a good reference here in Mark to refer to when trouble or persecution comes, because of the word of God, they immediately fall away. Let’s continue on with Luke 8, verse 14. As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear but as they go on their way, they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life and their fruit does not mature, but as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who after hearing the word cling to it with an honest and good heart and bear fruit with steadfast endurance.
So there are three ways to believe, but only one is the right way. Let’s talk about them. The first one is when you’re going to get into trouble or persecuted because of the word of God, you shrink back and fall away. So that’s one type of belief. Shrinking back and falling away because you’ll be persecuted or be in trouble because of the word of God. The second way to believe is that the worries, riches and pleasures of this world have no room for the word of God, and that is a way to believe to not believe, but it is a way to believe if that makes.
So how do you know you believe? It’s when you are willing to get into trouble or persecuted for the word of God and the worries, riches and pleasures of this world are entirely replaced with the word of God. The one who believes continue to have a good heart to bear the fruits of love. That’s how you know you believe. So let me conclude with this. Matthew Chapter 13, verses 16 and 17, but your eyes are blessed because they see and your ears because they hear for I tell you the truth.
Many prophets and righteous people long to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but not hear it. Well, I hope that all makes sense. And I want to thank you for joining me today and if you have a personal story about how God saved you, I’d really love to hear about it. It’s really simple. It’s really easy. All you have to do is go to www.GodTalk.me and send me a message. I’ll see you next later.
Isaiah 6:9-10 | John 12:37-40
- Hear Not – See Not. (What God says comes true).
- A parable is like a riddle told to unbelievers to not understand.
- There are so many ways to believe, but only one is the right way.