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(Laughter) And when, when they start, when they get that whine in their voice, you know the Bible says; you better get your helmet down because they’re probably gonna quote something that the Bible did not say at all, but yet they thought it’s what the Bible said. And it, they’re gonna slap you with some unbelief. But then right on the other hand, there are some statements in the Bible that, that leaves legal questions. I mean they’re valid questions of what in the world does this mean and how come this is in the Bible and it just doesn’t sound right at all? It, its seemed like it just shouldn’t be that way. Well we’re gonna deal with some of those things and we call these hard sayings. Some things that Jesus said, some things that it quoted in the text of the Bible, and, and what I want you to understand is that there’s always a scriptural balance to these things. Now just because there’s a statement in the Bible, now listen to me very closely. Just because there’s a statement made in the Bible, does not necessarily mean that’s what the Bible said. (Laughter) Now stay with me, it’ll turn out alright. I know some of you think what in the world is he talking about now. Because you see, there are things, statements made in the Bible, but it’s not what the Bible said. Let me, let me say it this way: Ananias and Sapphira said God, said to the Holy Spirit or to Peter and them, said we sold the land for so much. Now that was a lie. It’s recorded in the Bible, but the Bible does not say that they sold their land for so much. Now they said they sold their land for so much. So you see it is a statement in the Bible, but yet it’s not what the Bible said. See when we say the Bible said something, we’re the connotation there is that this is what the Bible teaches. Well certainly, the Bible wouldn’t teach you to tell a lie, so it is a statement in the Bible, but it’s not what the Bible said. Now you’ll understand a lot better when we get into it. I could spend the you know, half the program introducing it. But let’s go to Isaiah, the 6th chapter and let’s read a passage of Scripture here that I know that some of you have thought well now, I just don’t see how this could be. And let’s start with verse 9: And he said, nah back up to verse 8: Also I heard the voice of the Lord saying; now this is what Isaiah said. I heard the voice of the Lord saying who shall I send and whom will go for us? Then said I, here am I, send me. And he said go and tell this people, here ye indeed but understand not. See ye indeed but perceive not, make the heart of this people fat, make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted and be healed. Now you know, knowing what I know about the Bible and, and the overall view of how God deals with mankind; there’s something wrong with this statement right here. Now just bear with me and we’re gonna point it out to you. Let me say this, this upfront. Dr. Robert Young who was one of the foremost authorities on the Greek and the Hebrew language; in his book, I have one in my library, it’s called Young’s Analytical Concordance. Has a wealth of information in it, but in the, the older books, now I’ve had this for many years. I think they’re out of print now, I’m not sure this is in the other, the later version of the book. But it had in the front of this book several pages that says: Hence to Bible interpretation. And Dr. Robert Young states that in the Hebrew, sometimes in the text of the Old Testament, it was written in a causive sense, when it was only in an allowing sense, revealing that God permitted it to happen but was not the cause of it happening. Now see, there’s a difference in what God permits and what God causes or what God does. But you see the Hebrew mind was this: they were not interested in secondary causes. Here’s the way the Hebrew looked at it, if God allowed it, He did it and we just gonna pass over the secondary cause and just say God did it. Now that’s the way the scribes and, and the Hebrew wrote the Old Testament; so he said sometimes or several places in the Old Testament, it should have been translated in an allowing sense, but it’s translated at a causive sense. Now one of the reasons for that is that when you come from the Hebrew over to the English, you can’t say things exactly the same way. So it ended up being translated in a causive sense in English, when in the Hebrew it meant that God permitted it. Now, now folks that makes a world of difference because we know from the New Testament that God will permit anything that you permit, because it’s not God’s responsibility to stop it. In other words, the Scripture says, the way of the transgressor is hard, Proverbs states that. Now it’s a whole lot easier to read that in the Bible and be obedient to it and don’t transgress the law of God, then it is to go out and rob a Seven-Eleven store and find out for yourself personally. You know you could get a million dollars worth of experience for half price and it’s still not a bargain. No, you don’t wanna go that way. So what we do, we take God’s Word for it and analyze it from, from what we know of the Scriptures. Now, now let’s follow this for just a minute and just see how it turns out here now. Let’s read from verse 9 again and he said: Go tell this people, hear ye indeed but understand not, see ye indeed but perceive not, make the heart of this people fat and make their ears heavy, shut their eyes. Now you know that’s a very emphatic statement here in the King James Bible. But now understand that when they translated it into the English, it, it showed up in a causive sense instead of a permissive sense, less they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, be converted and be healed. Now is, is God saying I’m not interested in Israel being healed, I’m not interested in being able to see? Well no, that’s not what God’s saying. So this is a little mysterious, there’s a mystery here in this and what, what are we gonna do about this? Well when I run into a problem like this, when you find a hard saying like this that doesn’t, is not compatible with what you know about God’s character and in the Bible. Now see, the Bible says it’s not God’s will that any should perish, but all should come to repentance. And why then would he want them to be blinded where they couldn’t see and understand so they couldn’t get healed? Well of course, we know there’s something wrong here. So what do we do? We go to the New Testament to find out how Jesus saw this. Now you remember I’ve said on several occasions in the broadcast; when you get in trouble with Scripture, read thered , read what Jesus said andhe’ll straighten it out for you. Now what, what we have here in the 12th chapter of John, lets come over in the 12th chapter of John. Now what happens in the, in the original Hebrew when it was transmitted into the English of course, and it came over in a causive sense, then they picked up on it in the New Testament and seeing that it was recorded in the Old Testament, and then it bleeds over into the New Testament in a few places and here’s one of them. Now watch this in John chapter 12, and we’ll look here at verse 39 and 40: Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias or Isaiah said again. 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. Well now you see, they took that from the Old Testament and when they brought it into the New Testament; they’re simply quoting the Old Testament here. So then you have the very same illusion to, and, and it’s really a distortion of what the original said, because in the English, you couldn’t say it exactly that way. Now stay with me, it’s gonna turn out alright. You know I’m not changing the Word of God; I get accused sometimes of changing the Word of God. No, I’m trying to point out something so you can understand these hard sayings. Now, so it bleeds over into the New Testament here because they’re quoting the Old Testament. But now let’s go to Matthew’s gospel and let’s read thered . Let’s find out whatJesus, what His attitude was about what was said. Now after He had told the parable of the sower, now watch this, you, you’ll find this will answer and solve the whole problem. In verse 10 or verse 9 He said, who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And then He says in verse 11, He answered and said unto, wait a minute, we started verse 9, I’m gonna read it over, verse 9: Who hath ears to hear, let em here, parable of the sower. And disciples came and said to Him, why speakest thou to them in parables? And He answered and said to them, because it is given for you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but unto them it is not given. Well now why is it that He has given it to one to understand it and didn’t give it to the other one to understand it, that sounds, that’s a hard saying in itself right there. Just stay with me, it’s gonna turn out alright. Look at verse 12: And whosoever have, to him shall be given and he shall have more abundance; and whosoever have not, from him shall be taken away even that which he have. Now what’s He talking about? He said how about having ears to hear and eyes to see. Back up to verse 9: Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Now let’s read verse 11: He said because it is given for you, the people that Jesus was talking to here. It’s recorded in Matthew 13: It is given for you to know the mystery of the kingdom of God, why? Because they had ears to hear. Why was it not given to those that Isaiah was prophesying to? Because they did not have ears to hear. Now you understand they all had ears, (Laughter) but some folks don’t have ears to hear; therefore God didn’t reveal it to people that did not want to understand. Now see we’re talking about scriptural balance to hard sayings and how some things in the Bible just doesn’t seem right. I mean you read it and you just goes off in your spirit, there’s something wrong here and, and we’re talking about what Isaiah prophesied in, in Isaiah 6 and 10; the, the indication there in the King James at least, is that God blinded Israel and He closed their eyes so they couldn’t see or hear but now we bringing it over into the New Testament, we’re reading thered , whatJesus said. He said, they asked Him why He spoke to them in parables. Because it is given for you to know the mystery of the kingdom of God. Why? Because they had ears to hear. But unto them, it is not given. For whosoever have, to him it shall be given and he shall have more abundance, more abundant revelation, because he has ears to hear. But whosoever have not. Have not what? Now remember the subject matter here is ears to hear. They didn’t wanna hear, they didn’t wanna understand, so He did it in parables so those that ears to hear would perceive it and understanding, stand it, but those that did not, He said will be taken away from them even that which he hath. Now He goes on then in verse 13: Therefore speak I to them in parables because they seeing see not. Now He’s talking about the people that did not have ears to hear, predominantly, I think it probably refers to the Jews that did not want to receive Jesus as the Messiah. And He says because they seeing, they seeing see not, hearing they hear not and neither do they understand. In other words, they didn’t wanna understand it. Many of the Scribes and Pharisees just came to try and get something out of Jesus’ mouth, just accuse Him of something. They didn’t want to know or understand. And in them is fulfilled. Now right here is the croaks of the whole matter, this will answer the whole question; this will shine revelation inside and a great light on this Scripture in Isaiah, which seems to say in Isaiah 6:10 that God blinded them so they couldn’t see, couldn’t hear, couldn’t understand, lest they be converted and He should heal them. Now listen to how Jesus understood the Hebrew text, prophesied by Isaiah. Verse 14 tells yeah: And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which saith, by hearing you shall hear and shall not understand, and seeing you shall see and not perceive for this people’s heart is wax gross. Now listen to it, their heart is wax gross. Now one of the meanings for the word gross is stupid, wax stupid. They did not want to know, they did not want to understand, and their ears are dull of hearing because they did not want to hear, and their eyes, they have closed. Now there it is right there in thered . That answers the wholeproblem of why Isaiah would say something like this is because when it was translated from the Hebrew into the English, you couldn’t translate it exactly like the Hebrew said it; you can’t say some things in English that it says in the Hebrew. We don’t have the tense and the, that, that would bring every thought into the exactness. That’s why we should study to show ourself approved a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, as the Apostle Paul said to Timothy. So right here in thered , that what Jesus said inthe New Testament; for this people’s heart is wax gross, their ears are dull of hearing, their eyes they have closed. Now see Isaiah said God closed their eyes, that, that’s the impression you would get from reading Isaiah 6:10 in the King James Version. Well Jesus didn’t say God closed their eyes at all, He said they closed their eyes. Now that’s a world of difference. Lest at any time they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears, should understand with their heart and should be converted and I should heal them. Now look at the compassion of Jesus here, he said: If they’d hear with their ears, see with their eyes, and they wouldn’t close their eyes; He said they would be converted and I would heal them. In other words He wants to heal them and He is gonna heal them and their land, and it’s gonna be in the future and not very far in the future by the way. But this brings this whole text that we, that we’ve read in Isaiah 6, chapter 6; it brings it into scriptural balance. Now this is what I’m talking about when I say scriptural balance to hard sayings. You could read that and get the totally wrong impression about God. Well, you know God just does whatever He wants to do you know, and certainly God does do what He wants to do, but God wants to do what his Word says and if God was partial to the fact that He blinded some and caused some to see; then He’s a respecter of person and it would violate His own Word. God is no respecter of persons. In other Words, if one person is willing to see and hear, they can get as much revelation as the other person because it’s all available to em, but when they close their eyes to the truth and there’s some people watching this broadcast that you’ve heard some things that they didn’t teach in your church, and you got offended at it, closed your eyes, some of you turned the television set off. Some of you have gotten some tapes and thrown em away because it wasn’t what they taught in your church. Check it out in the Word of God. You have no right to believe it just because I said it. Go to the Word of God, this is the final authority. And I’ll say it again, when you get in trouble with the Scriptures, especially in the Old Testament; come over in the New Testament and see what Jesus attitude concerning that matter was, and Jesus tells you like it is: He said their eyes, they have closed. So they closed their eyes. Now notice verse 16: But blessed are your eyes for they see and your ears for they hear. And verily I say unto you that many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see and have not seen them, and hear those things which you hear and have not heard them. And then He said hear ye there the parable of the sower, when anyone heareth the Word of God, the Word of the kingdom and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one and catches away that with was sown in your heart. Now this is important to understand. If you read Mark’s account of this, Mark said: When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom, Satan cometh immediately and take away the word that was sown in the heart. Well now, there’s something wrong with that statement, because if that is the whole truth that Mark recorded; that’s why we should read all of the gospels. See Mark caught it from one angle, and sometimes one of the writer would catch other things the writer didn’t get; and, and when you put it all together you see, and read all the accounts of it, you get the whole picture. Because when you tell a story and four people repeat it, they gonna miss some parts of it more than likely. But if you take the whole gospel, you get the whole picture. So Satan can’t steal the Word just anytime he wants to. But here Matthew puts the understanding in it when he said, when you hear the Word of the kingdom and understand it not. If you don’t understand the Word of God, Satan will steal it from you; not only Satan, your carnal mind will get hold of you sometimes, sometimes it’s influenced by the devil, and say well now you see, you ought to get offended at this because God wanted this to happen and it happened to some and didn’t happen to others, and, and God just picks and chooses who He’s gonna bless and who He, He’s gonna have blind and can’t see. Well you, you’ll be in a heap of trouble if you believe that, because that is not what the Bible teaches. Now let me reiterate, you find these statements in the Bible but it’s not, not what the Bible said. Here is what the Bible said: That they close their eyes. So it wasn’t God’s doing at all, because they didn’t wanna hear, they didn’t wanna see. Now notice what He goes on to say, now here, here, here’s shouting ground. But He said: blessed are your eyes for they see and your ears for they hear, and many have desired to hear and see these things and I’ll, I have not heard them. But you see, hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. In other Words starts talking about sowing the Word of God. Now folks, there’s a marvelous revelation here, we’re not gonna go all into that but I just wanted to point out this point: that when anyone hears the Word of the kingdom and understands it not, now see some of you got offended if what Isaiah said right here, and some of you its kept you from going on in the Word of God and you thought well dear God, if, if God is that kind of a God and He blinds some; I guess He’s the one that blinded me and I can’t understand the Scriptures so no, no need for me to try because you see, here He blinded these people, so I guess He blinded me. No, no, Jesus had it right didn’t He? And I’ll tell yeah He had it right, and He said their eyes they have closed but if you don’t understand it. Now see there’s my point right there. If you don’t understand this statement right here that Jesus said and understandeth not the Word of God, then Satan will steal it from you. Not only that, well meaning Christians will try to steal it from you and take it from you. Now let’s check this out, the Bible said the mouth of two or three witnesses until every word be established. When we go to the last chapter of the Book of Acts, chapter 28, listen to what the Apostle Paul says. Now remember, the Apostle Paul said what I am teaching, I was not taught it by man but got it by revelation of Jesus Christ. You read that in Galatians first chapter. Now listen to what Paul says in the 28th chapter of Acts, verse 26 saying: Go to the, whoop, back up a verse, verse 25: And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word. Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, saying, here, saying, go unto this people, and say, hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; seeing you shall see, and not perceive: for the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. Now folks, there’s the mouth of two, three witnesses. The Apostle Paul said I got my revelation from Jesus Christ. Now if he did in fact, then he ought of been teaching the very same thing that Jesus taught about Isaiah the 6th chapter. This is word for word what Jesus said about it. Now I rest my case. Does this clarify the Acts, Isaiah the 6th chapter, where it seems to say that God closed their eyes or blinded them so they couldn’t see? Jesus said their eyes, they have closed; Paul came along and said the exact same thing and in the mouth of two or three witnesses, every word is established. So that gives you insight into how there is scriptural balance to the hard sayings, when you find, when you run into trouble in the Old Testament and it seems to say something you don’t understand; read the New Testament and read thered ,that’s what Jesus said and He was right and so was Paul, hallelujah. ANNETTE CAPPS>>Thank you Dad… I’ll tell you what; I’m really excited about this powerful and important teaching. I am convinced that these truths that you heard today will open the eyes and ears of everyone who hears it. Do you have friends and relatives who have rejected the Bible because some parts just don’t seem to make sense to them and they say, “Well, the Bible contradicts itself”? “Why would God blind someone to the truth or harden their heart?” Well, God didn’t do it. When you study, you find that they closed their own eyes, shut their own ears, and hardened their own heart. This would be an excellent teaching to help them understand those Scriptures that have caused them so much trouble. We are making this complete teaching available to you in several formats over the next 3 weeks. The offer today is 2 CD’s from a live seminar teaching and it includes the information that Dad covered on the broadcast today, as well as additional details that he just didn’t have time for. This teaching series of 2 Compact Disks is called “Scriptural Balance to Hard Sayings” offer number 2249; again, that’s offer 2249, 2249 “Scriptural Balance to Hard Sayings”. Its $12 + shipping and handling. You know, Jesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” The truth alone won’t set you free, but it is your knowledge of the truth that will set you free. So many people today have been turned off to religion because of some of these Scriptures. 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