Reading Deeply (Part 2)

Tim Brown

READ : Matthew 13:10-17

But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. (v. 16)

The disciples of Jesus come to him and ask why he speaks so cryptically. His answer leaves them speechless. Borrowing from an Isaiah vision, Jesus said if he spoke more clearly, people would get it too easily: “The reason I speak to them in parables is that ‘seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand’” (v. 13).

Our entire salvation – from the moment we first believed till the day we hear “Well done good and faithful servant” is all gift. It is not a result of our seeking but of our having been sought. We are less like explorers trying to find and more like lost children waiting to be found.

Jesus told his disciples that their eyes were more blessed than the prophets. They saw things that others could not see. When we think of it just this way we are left to say with the psalmist, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits.” John Calvin wrote in his Institutes of the Christian Religion, “Since rich store of every kind of good abounds found in him, let us drink our fill from this fountain, and from no other!” Amen, and amen!

PRAYER

Living God, make us thirsty till we drink deeply from Jesus’ artesian well of life! Amen.