‘having ears but unable to hear and eyes but cannot see’

“Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy and shut their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and convert and be healed.” Isaiah 6:10


Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt. And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.  And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? 1Samuel 15:3;7-9;14

The above text is taken from the scripture [1 Samuel 15] where God  sent Samuel to King Saul and God instructed Saul to “go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have.”

The extracted verses reveal that Saul and the people did kill all the people and destroyed everything that was vile and refuse but King Saul and the people took King Agag alive and spared the ‘best of the sheep, of the oxen, fatlings and the lambs’.

When Samuel confronted King Saul about this measure of disobedience, Saul told Samuel that the people kept the best of the sheep and cattle to offer a sacrifice unto the Lord in Gilgal.

Now the folk may have been well intended in their desire to offer a sacrifice unto the Lord but their actions were evidence that they were disobedient to the Word of God. God does not have great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices when His children are living in disobedience. To obey God is better than the fat of rams and the voice of praise and worship.

What we see here is a subtle yet deceptive power that keeps the child of God oblivious to blatant disobedience to God and His word while all along thinking that their fellowship with God is fine. But consider the scripture…

“God is light and in Him is no darkness at all, and if we say we have fellowship with Him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth.”

Now contrast the spiritual alertness of Samuel when he came to Gilgal. The first thing that Samuel heard was the sound of disobedience….

“What meaneth the bleating of the sheep in mine ears and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”

…. gives new meaning to the phrase, “he who hath ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit saith.”


According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:-11

This portion of Peter’s second epistle tells us that God has made divine power available to the believer that enables us to live a godly life through the knowledge of Christ. Accompanying this divine power are  precious promises that will equip us to escape the corruption that is in the world through lust and live victorious in Christ.

This is not accomplished over night and not in and of the divine power itself, it must be built upon, line upon line precept upon precept…

“adding to faith, virtue; to virtue knowledge; to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; to patience godliness; to godliness brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness.”

Now the believer must be diligent in this endeavor. This transformation that God wants to work in us cuts against the flesh when we allow the Spirit of God and the Word of God to build these attributes in our life.

Rest assured it is not about religion or the work of the flesh, for the flesh cannot comprehend this… it is enmity against God. But as Christ does this work in us and these attributes abound in us they shall keep us from being barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But when we lack these things we are blind and cannot see afar off and have forgotten that we were purged from our old sins. This leaves us in a vulnerable condition. If we are not careful, we will spare the ‘best of the sheep, of the oxen, fatlings and the lambs’, and will not be able to hear the bleating of the sheep and the lowing of the oxen.

My friend if you sin has separated you from God, there is hope. If we confess our sin, He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Try His word and see it is true.



  1. Good evening. It’s incredibly, if we’re not careful, easy to slip into disobediance and then convince ourselves that it’s not disobediance. This post does an excellent job of examining this and how learning to walk in complete obediance is not an instantaneous thing. Romans 8:1 came to mind as i was reading through this. Although we’re still growing, and will continue to grow for as long as we inhabit this vessel of clay, we’re striving to become more Christlike each day.

    A very needed posting. Thanks. Blessings always in Jesus name.


    • Yes timbob, it is so easy to slip into disobedience and allow our heart to convince us that we are in right standing with God and enjoying a fellowship with Him. I liken it to the deceitfulness of the human heart… “it is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” Jeremiah poses this interesting question… “who can know it?”

      I am of the opinion that our heart will fool us as it did in the case of King Saul and the people. I truly believe that they were oblivious to their disobedience to God and His word. We have to guard against the same. The only way is to stay in the word of God, meditate upon it and listen to the Spirit of Light… He shall bring to light the hidden things of our heart.

      I agree with you that obedience is something that is learned… a process as you stated in your response. It is kind of like our children, they learn obedience through encouragement and discipline… our heavenly Father does the same that we might bring forth the peaceable fruit of righteousness.

      Thanks for you continued stand for the Word of God timbob.


  2. Very good truth here, brother malachi. Sometimes people rationalize their sin thinking that it is not that big a deal. They refuse to turn it all over to God. The “small’ sins make way for the bigger ones. It is the little foxes that spoil the vine. We either have to turn our whole life over to God or be in bondage to that which we won’t. You can’t keep one foot in the world and hope to get to heaven. God told Saul to turn it ALL over to him., just as we are to . As Saul lost his kingship, so to anything that we hold onto that has not been submitted to God will be taken from us.

    • Very good point Marianne, King Saul and the people trivialized their disobedience therefore the ease of spiritual blindness.

      It is only when we see our disobedience to His word and sin as a act against Him that we will have a spirit that is sensitive to His Spirits conviction. I would liken it to the temptation of Potiphar’s wife with Joseph.. he saw it as a sin against God and not Potiphar.

      It only takes a small cell of cancer to eventually destroy the entire body. That is the reason that God’s word encourages us to purge the leaven from the lump lest it all be corrupt.

      Not to heed this advise will leave the believer with little or no testimony and worse than this… we will give reason for the enemies of God to blaspheme.

      Peace Sister

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