Have you ever wondered why God blinded the hearts of those Jesus walked among? It sounds unfair. It sounds like God was cruel. He blinded their hearts and yet held them responsible for seeing who He was.
Don’t think of ‘blinded’ as complete unseeingness. Yes, I made up that word. There was enough sight to recognize Him if they were willing.
His disciples recognized Him, “…This makes us believe that you came from God.”
Peter said, “You are the Christ.”
The woman at the well announced, “Come see a man who told me everything I ever did, could this be the Messiah?” The whole community then said of Him, “…we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”
John the Baptist, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
Mary and Martha, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”
The thief on the cross, “Remember me when you come into Your Kingdom.”
Only Peter, James, and John were given a glimpse of the real Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. To the chosen generation, He revealed enough of His glory for them to know Him but shrouded all of His glory in the confines of His humanity.
God was among them.
Take that in for a few moments. The God Isaiah saw sitting on the Throne, high and lifted up. The robe of His train fills the temple. Mighty creatures, hosts of angels, exalting His glory, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty.” The thresholds shake at the magnitude of the praise for who He is.
The one who spoke the universe into existence.
The one who split the Red Sea and held it at bay.
The one who shook the mountain, spoke with thunder, and wrote on stone.
The one who stopped the sun and moved it backward.
The burning bush, the cloud by day and fire by night.
Why did He shroud their eyes and deaden their hearts?
If he had not, there would be no one to shout, “Crucify Him!”
First of all, every human on earth would have died in his or her sins in the presence of the Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh. But in that instant before death, when they recognized Him, without doubt, every living creature on earth would have bowed in submission.
God is good and gracious. He gives us all we need. Any more of His glory and we would die in these feeble bodies. The shrouding was for their good. Only glorified bodies can stand in the presence of the Holy One.
His mercy protected them. He grace revealed enough to let them choose to believe and receive eternal life in glorified bodies.
So as I ponder the things in His Word that sound unfair or even cruel. As I consider the things in my life that God allows that seem unfair or bad.