(154) The Unbelief of the Jews
Even though Jesus had done many, many miracles before their very eyes, they still did not believe in Him, that the word of the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled, which says:
Lord, who has believed our
report? And to whom has the arm
of the Lord been revealed?
Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:
He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their heart, so they
can neither see with their eyes, nor
understand with their heart, and be
converted, and I would heal them.
Isaiah said these things when he saw His glory and spoke of Him. Nevertheless, even among the chief rulers many did believe in Him. But they did not confess this because of the Pharisees, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
Then Jesus cried out, saying, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in Him who sent me. And he who sees me sees Him who sent me. I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save it. He who rejects me, and does not receive my words, has one who judges him --the word that I have spoken. This will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself, but the Father who sent me gave me a commandment. He told me what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting. Therefore, whatever the Father has said to me, that is what I speak.”
(154) The Unbelief of the Jews
John 12:37-50, KJV
37 But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: 38 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? 39 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. 41 These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. 42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: 43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. 44 Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. 45 And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. 46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
(1) Isa. 53:1 (2) Isa. 6:10
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