Matthew 13:10-17


Eyes Screwed Shut


10 The disciples came up and asked, “Why do you tell stories?”

11-15 He replied, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. Whenever someone has a ready heart for this, the insights and understandings flow freely. But if there is no readiness, any trace of receptivity soon disappears. That’s why I tell stories: to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight. In their present state they can stare till doomsday and not see it, listen till they’re blue in the face and not get it. I don’t want Isaiah’s forecast repeated all over again:

Your ears are open but you don’t hear a thing.
    Your eyes are awake but you don’t see a thing.
The people are blockheads!
They stick their fingers in their ears
    so they won’t have to listen;
They screw their eyes shut
    so they won’t have to look,
    so they won’t have to deal with me face-to-face
    and let me heal them.

16-17 “But you have God-blessed eyes—eyes that see! And God-blessed ears—ears that hear! A lot of people, prophets and humble believers among them, would have given anything to see what you are seeing, to hear what you are hearing, but never had the chance.

Lectio Divina 

Read – – read the passage carefully. 

Think – – notice what Jesus says about human hearts. What does he draw attention to about our receptively to his message? How does he deal with our resistance? What does he want for us?
     Now read Jesus' words again, and hear them as if he is saying them all to you personally. Meditate on his words until the message becomes familiar. What stands out that relates to your life? 

Pray – – tell Jesus about your meditation – your thoughts and feelings. Listen for his response. 

Live – – search your memory (or your journal) for any insights God has given you in recent weeks as you have interacted with God's message. What have those truths led you to do? Were there times when God invited you to act on or think about something, but you ignore the request or put it off? Why? Revisit that experience with Jesus. Remember that his greatest desire is not to get you to act a certain way but to engage with you in a relationship. 


Our Lectio Divina posting is take from The Message: Solo - An Uncommon Devotional by Eugene Peterson