Daily Devotions


Day 133

"Since you have become dull of hearing."

Text: Hebrews 5:11b


The author of Hebrews was well aware of the many problems that adversely affected his readers. The following is a summary of the problems that plagued them:-

1. The danger of drifting away (Cf. Hebrews 2:1)

2. The danger of neglect (Cf. Hebrews 2:3)

3. The danger of a hardening heart (Cf. Hebrews 3:8)

4. The danger of an evil heart of unbelief (Cf. Hebrews 3:12, 19)

5. The danger of being deceived by sin (Cf. Hebrews 3:13)

6. The danger of disobedience (Cf. Hebrews 4:11)


We have another problem added to the above list in the following text.

“Of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain,
since you have become dull of hearing.”
Hebrews 5:11

1. Dull of hearing (“nothroi tais akoais”)

a) This describes a person who is virtually totally deaf.
b) The person concerned is no longer able to hear.

2. You have become (“gegonate”)

a) This was essentially a process.
b) This long and deadly process concluded with “dullness of hearing”

3. A reminder of what Jesus Himself said concerning the multitudes

“Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull,
Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes
they have closed”
Matthew 13:14-15

We must never take the problem of sin lightly! These dangers attend us even today! Let us come to the throne of grace that we may obtain much-needed mercy.