@clou recently brought up the issue of why parables seemed so confusing to many people. I have linked that thread at the bottom. However, I was reading the Psalms and hit a passage that was quite shocking about idolatry that provides a bit of a different angle on the issue.
The basic flow of the observation of the Psalmist is quite powerful:
- Idols are deaf and blind
- Those who worship idols will be like them
In essence, idolatry makes us deaf and blind to God. What are your thoughts on this connection? I found this to be a profoundly powerful idea that resonates throughout the prophetic books of Scripture.
Psalms 135:15-18 - The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
made by human hands.
16 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
eyes, but cannot see.
17 They have ears, but cannot hear,
nor is there breath in their mouths.
18 Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.
Isaiah 6:9-10 - He said, “Go and tell this people:
“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
make their ears dull
and close their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”
Mark 13:10-16 - And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”
11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know themysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’
16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear;