A Surprisingly Common Bible Reference

Jamin Bradley

There are a few Old Testament passages that get quoted in the New Testament with regularity, but I think the most surprising one is Isaiah 6:9-10.

“Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’ Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”

The first time I noticed this quote was in Jesus’ own words, who references it in every gospel. I was surprised that no gospel writer was like, “Oh, we can’t say that. I’ll just skip that part in my version.” Likewise, Paul quotes it in two different parts of his own writing.

God doesn’t want people to be healed by salvation? What do we do with that?

First, we balance it out with other…

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