Is. 6:9 Hearing but not understanding. Why?

Isa 6:9 And he said, “Go and tell these people, ‘No matter how closely you listen, you’ll never understand. No matter how closely you look, you’ll never see.’

And he [God] said, “Go and tell these people,

The LORD Himself is speaking in answer to ‘Whom shall I send, who will go for Us?’ The number now changes from the singular to the plural. This indicates the Trinity in the Godhead.

Plural Pronouns in the O.T. for God.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creepers creeping on the earth.

Gen 11:6 And Jehovah said, Behold! The people is one and they all have one language. And this they begin to do. And now nothing which they have imagined to do will be restrained from them.
Gen 11:7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they cannot understand one another’s speech.

Many refer to this as the Plural of Respect.Pro 9:10 The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom; and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Barnes Notes “The holy – The word in the Hebrew is plural, agreeing, probably, with אלהים ‘elohı̂ym understood (so in Pro_30:3). The knowledge of the Most Holy Ones. cp. Prov 30:3. This is know as the Pluralis Excellentice, the Plural of majesty or Honour which refers to Kings or princes. 

In Pular a grandfather is called Baaba’en (plural of respect). cp. Elohim pl. = God

‘No matter how closely you listen, you’ll never understand. No matter how closely you look, you’ll never see.’

Barnes Notes, ” This denotes hardness of heart and blindness of mind. Though hearing the prophets words they would not understand him. They were obstinately bent on Iniquity. They would neither believe nor even regard what he had to say.

Mat 13:4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the birds came and devoured them.

Mat 13:13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not; nor do they understand.
Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which said, “By hearing you shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see and shall not perceive;
Mat 13:15 for this people’s heart has become gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and they have closed their eyes, 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.”
Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.

They saw Jesus Miracles which shows He was sent from God to be their Messiah. He fulfilled all the Messianic prophecies of the OT. They REFUSED to Believe. and did not Perceive and understand.

APPLICATION.  We must be careful that this doesn’t  happen in our day. God never forces people to  accept His salvation which He offers freely.

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