A Courteous Contrararian

Blinded By The Light

Written By: Jon Jaroszewski - Apr• 11•15

We’re all blind to a certain extant, biblically speaking. There are passages we read and yet are unable to fully comprehend. And why? Because the Lord has decreed that it be so. He “blinds” us and freely admits it. Here is the first passage in the Bible to use the word blind, The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD?” [Exodus 4:11] It sounds like Yahweh is talking about physical blindness but we know better, don’t we? There are too many passages in which God claims to blind us spiritually.

If I were to dispute that God blinds us, I would probably claim that the unbeliever is blinded while the believer can “see”. But scripture tells us differently. Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the LORD? [Isa 42:19] It is hard to dispute that it is the believer who is blinded; the one who is a servant, a messenger, the one in covenant.

“Ah,” I can hear you thinking, “but that was the OT believer that was blinded. Now we have the Holy Spirit to teach us. And we have the mind of Christ.” The Holy Spirit undoubtedly illuminates the texts for us, but perhaps he blinds us to certain teachings until we are ready for a more advanced class. This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. [Mat 13:13 NIV] Jesus admitted he spoke to us in parables so we would not see!

“No,” I hear your imaginary voice exclaim once more, “he spoke in parables so the Pharisees could not understand. The believer understands the parable.”  Nope. The disciples didn’t understand the parables either. They admitted as much. Jesus explained a couple of parables to them, but even today we argue about what Jesus meant by some of his stories.

I imagine you to have one final defense; one more way in which you could claim that although others have been blinded, you are not. “All of these passages occurred before the crucifixion, before the Spirit came to indwell us.” Here’s a quote from Jesus about believers who have been blinded even though they have the Spirit within. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. [Rev 3:18]

Here are a few more of Jesus’ deliberate blindings. Jesus said,”For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” [John 9:39]

“He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn–and I would heal them.” [John 12:40]

as it is written: “God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear, to this very day.” [Romans 11:8] This last one is from Paul, about the Jews. But he also warns us to be careful, because God can do to us what he did to the nation of Israel.

So why would God deliberately blind his Chosen people, and why might he choose to blind us even today? Great Question! We’ll begin to deal with it.

Next time.

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