The Pivotal Place of Hearing

| Mon, Nov 18, 2013 | Set 3 Week 47

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

Hearing God’s word is a life or death matter. Yahweh our God says, “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:3). We perish if God does not speak to us.

So the revelation of God through his word is of foundational importance. “And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the LORD” (1 Samuel 3:21). Because of the hardness of our hearts, if God does not make himself known to us, then we are helpless, hopeless, and Godless.

But God has indeed spoken to us—both through the biblical prophets and even more clearly through his own Son (Hebrews 1:1–2). Therefore, he calls us to listen to him. Such listening is so important that, after Jesus tells his disciples, “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear” he exhorts them, “Pay attention to what you hear” (Mark 4:23–24).

Why is hearing so important that we have to “pay attention” to how we do it? As our Fighter Verse teaches us, hearing is the pivotal link between the word of Christ and our faith. “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” We will only believe in God rightly when we hear him rightly. To listen carelessly may have devastating consequences for all of eternity.

So, listen to the word of Christ with a receptive, believing heart. “For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts” (Psalm 95:7–8). There is a type of hearing that brings damnation and another type that brings salvation.

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