Bible Verses Usually Not Displayed on the Refrigerator
From Matthew 11:25-30
(1) God hides some things from some and reveals them to others (election)
25 At that time Jesus declared, â€œI thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
(2) Come to me allâ€¦. (the evangelistic call)
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.â€
From Luke 24:16-31
(3) God veiling:
v. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
(4) Human responsibility and culpability:
v. 25 And he said to them, â€œO foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!â€
(5) God Revealing:
v. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.
From Romans 11:7-10
(6) God making eyes blind and ears deaf to His truth:
7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, 8 as it is written, â€œGod gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day.â€ 9 And David says, â€œLet their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; 10 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and bend their backs forever.â€
(7) Jesus' explanation as to why He told Parables
10 Then the disciples came and said to him, â€œWhy do you speak to them in parables?â€
11 And he answered them, â€œTo you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:
â€œâ€˜You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.
15 For this peopleâ€™s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed,
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.â€™
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly, I say to you, 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.
Also, in the parallel account in Mark:
10 And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 And he said to them, â€œTo you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, 12 so that
â€œthey may indeed see but not perceive,
and may indeed hear but not understand,
lest they should turn and be forgiven.â€
And in Luke:
9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, â€œTo you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that â€˜seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.â€™
According to Jesus, the reason that He spoke in parables was so that God would leave certain people in their blindness, while at the same time, using them to reveal His truth to others (to whom these things had been â€œgivenâ€.)
â€œTo you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.â€ â€“ Matt 13:11