Ignorance, lack of understanding or outright misunderstanding constitutes a universal problem. Such people as are characterized by "fat hearts, heavy ears and closed eyes" are to be pitied (Isa. 6:9-12). Yet the ways of God are so often hidden from men. There is so little clear perception of: His person, purpose, providence or provision.
This lack of understanding is abundantly illustrated in the Word of God. Joseph's brethren never understood the providence of God, (Gen. 50:15-21). The ten unbelieving spies could not understand the adequacy of God's provision for such as walk by faith, (Num. 13:26-14; 10). Moses' brethren did not understand Gods purpose to deliver them by his hand, (Acts 7:25). The ante-diluvium world did not understand the measure of God's wrath against sin, (Gen. 6:3; 2 Pet. 2:5; Matt. 24:37-38). The princes of this world did not recognize the "Lord of Glory", (I Cor. 2:6-8). Joseph and Mary missed the significance of Jesus' words and actions (Luke 2:50). The soldiers who cast lots for His garment did not realize the heinousness of their sin, (Luke 23:34). The Jews of Jesus'