What Are Ears For?

Closed ears

One advantage of a hearing aid, they say, is that you can turn it off. But even a person with excellent hearing can easily tune out an unwelcome message.

Jesus said, “For the heart of this people has become dull, with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes, otherwise they would see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return, and I would heal them” (Matthew 13:15).

Note the progression: hear→understand→return→be healed.

Healing is dependent on hearing—receptivity to God’s message of grace, life, hope and peace.  And some would close their ears to this?

Open ears

To His disciples Jesus said, “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear” (Matthew 13:16).

Then He told them, “. . . many prophets and righteous men desired . . . to hear what you hear, and did not hear it” (v. 17). Why didn’t they? They died long before Jesus came, and so did not get to hear what the apostles were hearing.

But they desired to, nonetheless (1 Peter 1:10-12).

By telling His disciples this, Jesus wanted them to realize just how privileged they were to hear God’s message.

Open or closed?

Jesus’ most often repeated statement is, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

The Bible records examples of both those who were eager to hear the gospel (Acts 8:30-39; 10:33; 13:42, 44; 17:10-12), and those who were not (Acts 13:44-46; 18:5-6; 19:8-9; 28:23-28).

Of these two kinds of people—those with open ears and those with closed—which are we?

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Doing

The following are absolutely essential, but useless by themselves.

Hearing

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock . . .” (Matthew 7:24). The man who only hears is building on sand, and his house will collapse with a terrible crash!

Knowing

Jesus modeled serving, then said, “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them” (John 13:17).

Believing

Faith without works is dead—like a body without a spirit (James 2:14-26).

Hearing→action. Knowing→doing. Faith→works.

Unbeatable combinations!

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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