How’s Your Hearing

So how is your hearing? I’m not talking about the ability to acknowledge sound like the trained ear of a piano tuner. I’m not talking about being able to distinguish sound like the way a parent can hear their child’s call in a crowd of noisy kindergartners. I am also not talking about the skill of concentrating on a single sound in the midst of distractions like the young couple who are sharing a conversation as they walk the busy streets of the city.

No, the question I’m asking, “How’s your hearing?” is not asking about your physical ability nor your training to capture specifics sounds. What I am asking about is more how the Bible defines hearing. Let me explain…

In Deuteronomy 6:4 it says, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one..

If you want to know what this verse sounds like in Hebrew, it would be pronounced something like this: Shema Yisrael, Adonai eloheinu, Adonai echad. This prayer is called the Shema and is a prayer the children of Israel prayed multiple times a day. The Hebrew word for hear is shema, and like most Hebrew words it means a lot more. Shema means more than to perceive sound, it means to listen, take heed, obey, take action with what you just heard.

So, how is your hearing…listening, obedience, taking heed, taking action…with what you hear from God?? Jesus said it this way:

Matthew 11:15 He who has ears, let him hear.
Matthew 13:43 … he who has ears, let him hear.
Mark 4:9 Then Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Mark 4:23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Luke 14:35 … He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Most of these are directly after Jesus shared an important teaching that He intended people not just to take in the words, but to move those words into life-change and all of the Bible is directed that way.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God- breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Not just to swell our heads with information, but to move us to ACTION.

You see, to hear is to act; to change, build, move forward, help, serve, practice the truth. To hear asks, “What does God want me to do?” Maybe He wants me to change my thinking or view point, or to reach that ah-ha moment and make that life change. How’s your hearing? I just thought I would ask.

Seeking to Hear/Do with you,

Mike

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