YUP, THAT TICKLES A BIT

“To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.”Jeremiah 6:10 

 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any
time they should see with
their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be
converted, and I should heal them
” Matthew 13:15 

 “Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.”Hebrews 5:11 

I have known a few electricians and the majority of them were nick-named “Sparky”. One unusually good electrician had been an electrician for so many years that he actually worked for Werner Von Braun who helped get our space program off the ground (pun intended). 

“Sparky” had been shocked so many times that he could test 120v wires by holding them to see if they were “hot”. “Oh, yeah.” He would say. “That one’s hot.” His body had become so used to 120v that it no longer affected him. 

Now, 220v? Again, he could hold the open wire and if it was hot, he would say, “Yup, that tickles a bit.”  

I don’t know about you, but I have been hit by 120v and it would make me jump and flair my arms. Entertaining for those who have watched, for me? Not so much. And another thing, I have been hit by 220v and it DOES NOT tickle!!  

Here’s the thing, Sparky had become immune to the effects of low levels of electricity. In the verses I’ve given we see God’s admonition to His people. He said to Jeremiah that their ears were uncircumcised. Wow! And the issue is they could not hear Him!  

And truth be told the Word was a reproach to them! The Merriam-Webster dictionary says that their reproach of the Lord was a rebuke! I cannot imagine anyone, much less the Children of Israel, considering the Lord’s Word as a rebuke!  

The verse from Matthew is after Jesus has spoken the parable of the sower and His disciples wanted an explanation of the parable. After Jesus tells them what the seed sowing meant, then He says that the people had become dull of hearing (“What? We’ve heard this before. This is boring!”) and that they shut their eyes (“I’m not looking or paying attention!”). 

Why? Because they thought if they didn’t listen or look, then they could not be held responsible! Perhaps they thought they could stand before God and declare, “I didn’t know!” They became immune to the Word of God – like so many today. 

“I don’t care what the Bible says, this is what I believe so I am right and God is wrong.” 

          Then the writer of Hebrews tells the Jews of his day there were many things he wanted to say to them (yes, it was written to the Jews – not Jewish believers, but the Jews who remained under the Law. Hebrews 1:1 definitely identifies it was written to Jews by talking about “the fathers”) but hard to say because they were “dull of hearing”. 

          They could not receive the Word, understand the Word or believe the Word. They were immune to the Holy Spirit speaking to them. “Yeah, yeah, whatever.” 

          My friends, do not become immune to the Word! Don’t think to yourself, “I’ve heard all this before. Tell me something new.” Don’t become bored with God! Let the Word become fresh to you every day! His mercies are new every morning!  

          Instead of “Good Lord it’s morning!” how about “Good morning Lord!”? 


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