How’s Your Hearing?

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
                         —Luke 14:35

Scripture puts a priority on hearing.

The “Shema”— the centerpiece of Jewish prayers—began: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord” (Dt 6:4).

“Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” Jesus said (Mk 4:23). “Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise . . . But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish” (Mt 7:24, 26 NLT).

Each of the letters to the seven churches in Revelation ends with the words, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says . . .”

Then Jesus extends this invitation: “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in” (Rv 3:20).

Hear, O Israel!

Hear, O Church!

Hear, O Christian!

Don’t let the noise of life
drown out the voice of God.

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