Romans 11:8 (Rom.11:5-7)
(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
Slumber - #G2659 <p>κατάνυξις / katanuxis / kat-an'-oox-is \
From G2660; a prickling (sensation, as of the limbs asleep), that is, (by implication [perhaps by some confusion with G3506 or even with G3571]) stupor (lethargy): - slumber.
/Lack of circulation needed- stupor compares to ignorance or "stupidity" which is a lack of understanding/
People receive the spirit of slumber by good reason. First off, we know not to blame God for burdens and that there are harsh effects for such- Jer.23:39-40.
"God hath given them the spirit of slumber"
This is due to cause an effect. God is just.
Rom.11:8 should be compared to ☧ Is. 29:10. The reason for this slumber is by having a rebellious heart - Is.29:13-15 /
4Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. (Deuteronomy 29:3-4) <p> Such souls seek that which is not of God. (seek and ye shall find). They have no love of the truth. If given the truth they will only transgress it cause they have other aims and intentions that they (currently) serve.
- 2 Thess.2:10-12
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom, which matures into a ongoing relationship of Love. However many have yet to reach "the beginning".
21Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
22Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
23But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.
suggest "Spiritual Discernment" blog
- Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
Is.44:18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.
John 8:47 He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.
2 Cor.4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
☧ 2 Peter 2:21
For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. * Luke 12:47-48/ Luke 10:2-16 (vs.12)/ * Matt.11:24
☧ Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, <p>I do suggest the unpardonable sin blog as well! <p>God wants your love- Hosea 6:6, * Rev.4:11
Rev. 3:19-As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 1 Cor.6:20/ Jer.4:22
God knowing our hearts (Spirits). Those who seek to stray from God lack understanding. These same people would be in much more danger to have the many layers of truth revealed to them and to remain a reprobate (rebellious). How shall the hard headed ever learn? (many learn things the Hard way). Some aren't ready or interested in spiritual growth. Some people, you can't tell em anything (Proverbs 12:15) Interest is something that messengers look for (try to spark) before casting pearls this is why they are given the title fishers of men! The sinners that would gather around Yahshua had this interest in the living Word.
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.Matt.13:11-17
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Hebrews 10:22-24 (King James Version)
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Ecc. 2:26 / 2 Peter 3:9 / 2 Cor.7:9
Man tends to self justify (rationalize) things within his own mind. This opens people up to deception.
(* 2Tim.4:3/* Amos 8:11/ Is.29:9/ 1Tim.6:5/ Lk.16:15/* Proverbs 3:1,5/ Jer. 9:23/ Deut.5:32 / Rom.11:25/ Jn.6:44/ 2 Jn.1:3-14/ 1 Jn.2:15-17/ Jn.8:42-47/ Is.29/ 1 Cor.3/ 2 Thess.9-12/ 1 Cor. 3:1-3/ Acts 10:34-35/ Ps.14/ Ps.94) Rom.16:19
Prov.14:16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
Prov.1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
(Rev.3:15-17/ 1 Cor.3:18-23/ Matt.12:25-30/ 1 Jn.1:9)
1My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
3Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Cant Have it Both Ways
1 Cor. 10:21 / James 1:8 / Luke 16:13
suggest blog "Double Minded"
So basically, man recieves the spirit of slumber as an effect of having a rebellious heart. Pharaoh's heart was hardened, as to say that he would not embrace the signs and works of God. However Pharaoh had many gods and many saw themselves equal to the gods and "holier than thou". This type of rebellious spirit (heart) towards God would lead to failure to see and understand things to a great extent. God's will be done
God is no respector of persons. Anyone who doesn't embrace God according to Praise and above all things will lack understanding no matter how much knowledge they think they have!
Rev. 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (God is warning the church of Ephesus to repent and be about God's buisness or he will remove their candelstick. They would not be suitable to bring forth the light.)
Keep oil in your lamps. We are to be a spiritual people (fed your spirit more than your flesh).
Jn.10:27 (Yeshua Christ says:)
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:"
Luke 11:33/ Jer.20:7-11