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GOD’S WORD FOR FEBRUARY 17 ~ ~ “Matthew 13:17 ~ ~ “For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

We were talking about sight yesterday. Today, there is an interesting story about sight.

We’ve heard of people talking to their plants, but can the plants hear? I don’t know if that has been studied, but studies have shown that some can see! Some algaes can see AND swim!

These plants were found to have eyespots. That means a patch of membrane with about 100,000 pigment molecules. They “swim”—move in the water and react to objects as a sighted creature.

Further study found that they possess the same chemical that makes our vision possible. It’s called rhodopsin, and it is found to be responsible for sight in cows also.

While that isn’t sensational from our point of view, when we believe that one Creator created all three creatures, it is a real thorn in the side of the scientists who tout evolutionary teachings. This just isn’t right in their plan!!!!

Our Creator is wise. When He wanted to give the ability to see to His creatures, He used the same basic principle whether He was making algae, cows or humans. The fact that He did not use a simpler method to make so-called “simpler” creatures see is yet another way in which His handiwork witnesses against evolution.

God gives spiritual sight to everyone alike also. He is no respecter of persons, — Acts 10:34

“Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:”

In other words, kings, rulers, paupers, beautiful people, not-so-beautiful people, super-intelligent people, average people—He doesn’t treat anyone differently. He sees the heart. That’s all He judges us on.

Matthew 6:21

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”

Genesis 20:6 “…Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart;….”

Matthew 9:4

“And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Why do you think evil in your hearts?”

Acts 1:24

“And they prayed, and said, You, Lord, who knows the hearts of all men, show which of these two You have chosen,”

We can assess our own hearts by studying the Word, because:

Hebrews 4:12

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

In anticipation of Christ’s coming, the prophesies told of His miracles—both physical and spiritual.

Isaiah 29:18 ~ ~ “And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.”

When Jesus made the blind to see, and the deaf to hear, the mute to speak, and the lame to walk, it was out of compassion for each person, but it was also, in the bigger picture, a sign of the real reason that He came.

He wanted them to see that He came to give spiritual sight, hearing, speech, strength, and understanding to us, so that we can speak the truths that we learned, and walk in the Spirit in this life.

Even more than that, when He brought individuals back to life, it was a sign of our dead spirits, which were dead since the fall of mankind back in the Garden of Eden, which are “quickened”, or brought back to life, when the Holy Spirit comes and makes us a new creation in Christ Jesus.

This only comes about when we hear and respond to the Gospel, accepting the substitution and Lordship of Jesus in our hearts and lives.

Ephesians 2:1

“And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins”

Ephesians 2:5

“Even when we were dead in sins, he has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;)”

1 Peter 3:18

“For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

When our bodies die from this life, our spirits do not die. If we are one of His, our spirits go directly to heaven. As Paul simply puts it:

2 Cor. 5:6-8 ~ ~ “Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord—for we walk by faith, not by sight—but we are of good courage and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.”

This is a foundational verse of our faith.

We can know this is true because Jesus was physically resurrected, which was a “down payment” or a fore-shadowing of what He promised those who believe, that we will be resurrected to glorious bodies to connect to our quickened and never-dying spirits which are waiting in heaven!!

That’s why He could say to Martha,

John 11:25-26 ~ ~ “ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life; the one who believes in Me will live, even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?’ ”

The question I ask you is the same as Jesus asked Martha ~ ~

DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? Your eternal life depends upon it.

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