“Oh, that sound is driving me crazy!” my wife said as we were sitting on the couch in the living room.
“What sound, dear?” I replied.
“You don’t hear that?” she asked.
“No, dear I don’t hear anything.”
“You can’t hear that obnoxious squeaky sound?” she asked incredulously.
“NO DEAR, I CAN’T HEAR ANYTHING!”
At that point my daughter standing in the kitchen chimed in, “It’s the ceiling fan upstairs in my bedroom!”
I went upstairs and upon entering the room, I could now hear what was actually the pull chain for the light, banging against the glass globe below the fan while the blades were spinning around. I untwisted the chain where it could hang free and the sound went away.
Sometimes having poor hearing can be a blessing ……………. the squeaky sound wasn’t bothering me at all …………
23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”
24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.
These are Jesus’ words and should be given careful consideration. The first is a rhetorical statement; obviously everyone has ears. You would assume anyone with ears has the ability to hear. Jesus is referring to the ability to perceive and understand the parables he used in teaching. Read all of Mark 4.
There are actually two ways of hearing: hearing with the ears and hearing with the heart. Hearing with the ears is easy. Something disturbs the air creating a sound wave; the sound wave enters the ear and causes the eardrum to vibrate which passes the information along to the inner ear then the brain. Hearing with the heart is more difficult; this goes beyond the normal physical ability and requires something else ………. something spiritual.
I well remember the first time that reading scripture began to make sense. I had been a Christian for a few years and was now entering into some serious Bible study. Before, the Bible just seemed like a musty old book full of fairy tales. But now, reading it was like drinking clear fresh water for the first time; I couldn’t get enough.
What was different? The Holy Spirit. Now that the Spirit was living in me, my eyes and ears were suddenly opened so that I began to understand what was said and written.
10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. 11 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 12 so that,
“‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,
and ever hearing but never understanding;
otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’[a]”
Jesus was not being exclusive, insinuating that you can’t join his club unless you know the secret password. He was simply stating a fact: unless you possess the Holy Spirit, not much of what he said would make any sense.
It’s interesting to note that in verse 24 he emphasized that it’s not so much how you hear but what you hear. Consider carefully what you hear ……..
I found the picture above compelling …… a fennec fox pup. Fennec foxes live in the deserts of northern Africa. Being mostly nocturnal, the fennec fox uses its enormous ears rather than its eyes to hunt for food. It can hear even the slightest movement in the sand as it hunts for insects, lizards, or other small prey. Do you know how quiet sand is? That’s a very keen sense of hearing. But it also uses its unique hearing ability as a means of protection; it can easily perceive the difference in sound between the movement of a bug and the movement of a jackal or hyena.
What you can’t hear might kill you ……….
There was no risk of life due to my inability to hear with my ears the squeaky sounds in the ceiling fan that were disturbing my wife. But my inability to hear with my heart the words that Jesus spoke ……….. that is the difference between eternal life and eternal death.
Did you hear that? That was the voice of Jesus calling ………