Seeing, Perceiving, Hearing, Understanding

During the study of Mark 4:10-20 I was struck by verse 12, “so that while seeing, they may see and not perceive, and while hearing, they may hear and not understand, otherwise they might return and be forgiven”.

The verse appears to be saying that Jesus does not want people to return and be forgiven, but then it struck me that these words, as well as the explanation, was written down by Mark and then would eventually circulate throughout the world.  So, some of the very people who were left wondering what the parables meant while in the physical presence of Jesus might eventually hear or read the explanation in Mark.

That could imply that sometimes the words of God are a mystery to us for a season for a reason known unto the Lord.  If we trust that He knows what is best for us, then we can rest in the assurance that eventually those words will become clear in His perfect timing.

Practically speaking, an implication is that we should continue steadfastly in reading and meditating on the Word with the hopeful expectation of its mysteries being made known to us in God’s perfect timing.


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