|Matthew 13:15-17 |
15 Make this peoples' heart callous, and their ears dull of hearing, and close their [spiritual] eyes; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and repent, and be healed.'1 [See Footnote 1 of Mark 4 for why Jesus speaks in parables to prevent certain people from hearing the meaning of his teachings and gospel.]
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.
17 For truly I say to you, many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.
1 Make this peoples' heart callous, and their ears dull of hearing, and close their [spiritual] eyes; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and repent and be healed. The verse it refers to in Isaiah is translated as: Make the heart of this people callous, and shut their ears, and close their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and repent and be healed. Isa 6:10. This verse was such a conundrum to the experts, they concluded that God was being sarcastic in saying it. But God is not sarcastic; sarcasm is the tool of the devil. God never jokes; he can be happy, joyful, and laughing, but never joking.
The word make is clearly in the Greek text of the New Testament; it is the Greek word epacunyh, which means make thick, make fat, make stupid, (to render the soul dull or callous). This was so hard for the translators to believe, that they left it out, which changes the meaning entirely, resulting in this verse translated as: 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 repent and be healed.
To the "be healed" is in the text of both Matthew and Isaiah. However, if God didn't want people to be healed, they wouldn't; and there would be no necessity to keep them from hearing by making their hearts fat. There is no automatic healing. So now the question is: Why would God not want certain people to understand his parables? See Footnote 1 in Mark 4 for a complete explanation.