What Jesus Did! 'Blessed Eyes & Ears' — Matthew 13:16-17

Thursday, June 22, 2017

"But you are blessed. You understand the things you see with your eyes. And you understand the things you hear with your ears. I tell you the truth. Many prophets and good people wanted to see the things that you now see. But they did not see these things. And many prophets and good people wanted to hear the things that you now hear. But they did not hear these things."
— Matthew 13:16-17 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 13:16-17 NLT —  You understand the things you see with your eyes.

Key Thought

Even today, much of what the Bible says and means remains mysterious and unreachable to those who are not seeking after God's will. The Spirit's work to illuminate Scripture comes only to those who have faith in Jesus! Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus still is helping the earnest follower, the dedicated disciple, to know his will. As he explained the parables to his disciples, we too get to sit in on his explanations and because he has ascended into heaven and poured out his Spirit on those who have been born again in him (Titus 3:3-7), we have the Spirit's help in understanding and living his truth.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for sending Jesus to live the truth, speak the truth, and reveal the truth so that I might know your will and your love more clearly. Open my eyes and heart and reveal to me your truth as I seek after Jesus and search your Scriptures. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matt. 16:16-17
  • 1 Pet. 1:9-12
  • 2 Tim. 3:14-17


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.