What is spiritual blindness and what is the result of having it? Physical blindness is not being able to see the things which are in this world with ones own eyes. Spiritual blindness is when we are unable to perceive or be aware of things which are of the Father. It is this spiritual blindness that we all suffer from.
What if I were to tell you that everything you see in the physical is actually perceived by your mind to be upside down and it is your mind which rotates the things back around? Well this is true. The image which comes into your eye is rotated 180 degrees around and it is your mind which flips it around.
Well scripture speaks of this as well. It refers to how people will see the opposite of what is actual. In Isaiah 5:20-21 we see this:
Isaiah 5:20-2120 Woe (judgment is coming) to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe (judgment is coming) to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever and shrewd in their own sight!
Who is it who teaches us? Is it His word or has it been man? Much of what we learn we learn from out parents. But when have we stopped and learnt from our Messiah? When have we stopped to study the things He has provided us with?If we study the things He teaches us and do not come with preconceived ideas, we stand a much better chance of learning to be able to walk as He walked. We are able to walk the narrow path. The path which many do not see.
Then Yahushua said, “I came into this world for judgment, so that the sightless would see, and those who see would become blind.”
Just as it is written,
“Yahuwah gave them a spirit of stupor,
Eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear,
[a spiritual apathy that has continued] to this very day.”
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
3 But even if our gospel is [in some sense] hidden [behind a veil],
it is hidden [only] to those who are perishing;
4 among them the god of this world [Satan] has blinded the minds of the unbelieving to prevent them from seeing the illuminating light of the gospel of the glory of Yahushua, who is the image of Yahuwah.
5 For we do not preach ourselves but Yahshua haMaschiach as Saviour, and ourselves [merely] as your bond-servants for Yashua’s sake.
6 For Elohim, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give us the Light of the knowledge of the glory andmajesty of Elohim [clearly revealed] in the face of the Mashiach.
Bring out the people who are blind, even though they have eyes,
And the deaf, even though they have ears.
Matthew 13:10 -17
10 Then the disciples came to Him and asked, “Why do You speak to the crowds in parables?”
11 Yahushua replied to them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 For whoever has [spiritual wisdom because he is receptive to Yahuwah’s word], to him more will be given, and he will be richly and abundantly supplied; but whoever does not have [spiritual wisdom because he has devalued Yahuwah’s word], even what he has will be taken away from him.
13 This is the reason I speak to the crowds in parables: because while [having the power of]seeing they do not see, and while [having the power of] hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand and grasp [spiritual things]. 14 In them the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says,
‘You will hearandkeep on hearing, but never understand;
And you will lookandkeep on looking, but never comprehend;
15 For this nation’s heart has grown hard,
And with their ears they hardly hear,
And they have [tightly] closed their eyes,
Otherwise they would see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart, and turn [to Me]
And I would heal them [spiritually].’
16 But blessed [spiritually aware, and favoured by Yahuwah] are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, many prophets and righteous men [who were honourable and in right standing with Yahuwah] longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
Scripture tells us that the physical can never see the spiritual. If we think physically about everything, we shall never see the things He provides us with in His word.
7 The mind of the flesh [with its sinful pursuits] is actively hostile to Yahuwah. It does not submit itself to Yahuwah’s law, since it cannot, 8 and those who are in the flesh [living a life that caters to sinful appetites and impulses] cannot please Yahuwah.
In John 9 we see Yahushua coming to heal a man who has been blind from birth. Yahushua explains to us that the man was blind so that He would be able to see through him how the Father works. Here Yahushua provides us with some important things to consider.
Yahushua tells us that He is the Light. And that the Light would only be with us a short while longer. We would then need to seek the Father to have our eyes opened, and by seeking the Father we would then have our eyes opened that we might see.
Yahushua then spits on the ground and makes mud. The spit comes from the mouth of Yahushua. The ground is the earth in which we dwell. If we want to follow Him, we need to listen to Him and do as He did.
1 While He was passing by, He noticed a man [who had been] blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi (Teacher), who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3 Yahushua answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but it was so that the works of Yahuwah might be displayed and illustrated in him. 4 We must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world [giving guidance through My word and works].”
Yahuwah only provides this sight to those seeking His face. To the rest he allows them to remain blind.
4 Yet to this day Yahuwah has not given you a heart and mind to understand, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear.
That is the way most people are today. We all have some blindness. We might see some things very well but other things we may have difficulty with. It reminds me of a condition called Amblyopia.
Amblypoia is where the mind and one eye are not on “speaking” terms. The brain will quite happily talk to one eye, but the other eye is ignored. It varies how strong the other eye receives input. It’s like writing with your left or your right hand alone. Sure, the other eye can see a little, but not very well.
What do these people do? The good eye essentially does all the work of the bad eye. Yahuwah offers us the opportunity to see clearly, even with that single eye, and He offers to heal us such that we might see clearly with both eyes. But if we reject Him, what hope do we have?
The next scripture speaks of the appointed time of trumpets. How do I know you might ask? The woman seen in this scripture is seen in the skies at the appointed time of trumpets. It is the same woman spoken of in Revelation 12. If you have never had the opportunity to study this, you will find the video at this link a worth while study.
In these scriptures the woman is in labour, just as we see at the appointed time. He explains that He shall lead the blind by a way they do not know. The blind are you and I. We still have trouble seeing.
He promises to make the darkness into light, and promises that He shall not leave His people abandoned . He promises that those who believe idols shall be turned back. It is a time of repentance.
14 “I [Yahuwah] have been silent for a long time,
I have been still and restrained Myself.
Now I will moan like a woman in labor,
I will both gasp and pant.
15 “I will lay waste the mountains and hills
And wither all their vegetation;
I will turn the rivers into coastlands
And dry up the ponds.
16 “I will lead the blind by a way they do not know;
I will guide them in paths that they do not know.
I will make darkness into light before them
And rugged places into plains.
These things I will do [for them],
And I will not leave them abandoned or undone.”
17 Those who trust in idols will be turned back,
And utterly put to shame,
Who say to cast images,
“You are our gods.”
18 Hear, you deaf!
And look, you blind, that you may see.
19 Who is blind but My servant [Israel],
Or deaf like My messenger whom I send?
Who is blind like the one who is at peace with Me [in a covenant relationship],
Or so blind as the servant of the Lord?
20 You have seen many things, but you do not observe them;
Your ears are open, but no one hears.
21 Yahuwah was pleased for His righteousness’ sake
To make the law great and prove to be glorious.
22 But this is a people despoiled and plundered;
All of them are trapped in holes,
Or are hidden away in prisons.
They have become a prey with no one to rescue them,
And a spoil, with no one to say, “Give them back!”
8 This people honours Me with their lips,
But their heart is far away from Me.
9 ‘But in vain do they worship Me,
For they teach as doctrines the precepts of men.’”