Heart Hearing 9-2

Kingdom, Lord's Prayer, Kingdom of God, Sermon, Church, Series, Church of God, Dayton, Pennsylvania, PA, Rural Valley, Numine, Yatesboro, Smicksburg

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Matthew 13:10-17, 34-35

I tried to quit talking but they would not stop hearing!

God gave us two eyes, a nose, a mouth and two ears, we can shut our eyes and we can (some of you) shut our mouths, but our ears are always open to what is going on around us, as is our nose to the aromas of this world.

To not have ears, eyes, nose, or mouth would make you stand out as that would be an unnatural occurrence.

Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? – Mark 8:18

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. – Romans 10:17

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. – James 1:22-25

15 times Jesus says “He who has ears, let him hear.”  Seven times in the gospels and eight times in the book of Revelation. (See Deuteronomy 6)

Since we all have ears to hear, what is He saying? And since we all have ears, it must have to do with the hearer. There are two types of hearers: those who let the Word of God pass straight through their ears and those who truly listen and seek understanding.

Jesus had just dealt with the Pharisees and other unbelievers in chapters 11 and 12. They had refused to be open and had closed their ears and eyes and hearts to Him. Truth is revealed to seekers, to those who choose to hear; and it is concealed to those whose hearts are dull, closed, and hard.

Prejudice: (prejudging) against an idea or a person prevents you from being able to receive facts and accept them. Truth was right there in front of them in the person of Jesus Christ. But many would not accept Him.

Pilate didn’t listen. He had ears that didn’t hear. His wife warned him, Don’t do anything to that man, because he is innocent (Matthew 27:19), but the very Word of Life stood before Pilate and proclaimed, Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to me” (John 18:37). But Pilate had selective hearing. He allowed the voice of the World to dominate his hearing, he chose the World and as Luke 23:23 tells us, Their voices prevailed.

In the end, Pilate turned his ear to the crowd and away from the Christ, ignoring the message of the One who could save him. Faith comes from hearing (Romans 10:17). He never heard Christ, he didn’t have a hearing heart, and he never found faith. More concerned over keeping the peace…

Do we have ears that hear?

13:10 Why Parables? All the parables are about the Kingdom…

What is a parable? The word literally means “cast alongside something else.” A parable is a teaching story that illustrates the teachings of God’s Word. As we seek understanding, God reveals Spiritual Truth to us in the parables. The Truth of the Kingdom, is for us who follow Jesus: Christians/Believers.

Them and us: More will be given – vs.12

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. – Matthew 7:7

It takes effort to press into the Kingdom, The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it  (Luke 16:16). Jesus is saying that people must actively, aggressively, forcibly seek entrance into the Kingdom. You don’t enter the Kingdom of God by osmosis or by birth or by family tradition.

Digging Deeper

  • Is your Knowledge of the Kingdom Growing?
  • Do you have ears that hear?
  • Does what you hear make it to your heart?
  • How is what you are hearing changing you and making you more Christ like?

Further Reading: Deuteronomy 6:3-5, Proverbs 8:34, Matthew 11:15, John 10:3-5, Romans 10:17, James 1:22-24, Revelations 2:7, 11, 17, 29, Revelations 3:6, 13, 22

 

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