LEARNING TO LISTEN
August 2, 2009
Mark 4:23-25 During His earthly ministry, Jesus often times concluded His teaching by saying to His audience, “ He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” What He was saying is very important to those that are lost without Christ, and also those that are Christians because of Christ.
His statement about listening tells those that are hearing “pay attention to what I’m saying because it is very important.” The comment illustrates that people do not pay attention or they don’t listen with a understanding mind.
Matthew 11:15 Most of those that heard John the Baptist missed out on what he was saying.
Matthew 13:9 The multitudes heard Jesus speak about spiritual matters but did not understand.
Matthew 13:43 Even when Jesus explained His parables to them, the multitude didn’t get it.
HOW WELL DO YOU LISTEN?
Hebrews 5:11 There are basically three types of hearers: (1) The dull of hearing can be Christians, as in the case where this writer talks of having to teach these people the same basic truths over and over and cannot teach them the deeper truths because of a dull sense of hearing.
Matthew 13:13-15 In this instance Jesus says that the lost are dull of hearing because of a sinful heart that is waxed gross ( brought morally low). We must realize what scripture tells us about our heart condition before an Almighty God Jeremiah 17:9.
II Timothy 4:3-4 Paul describes a group of people with (2) itching ears. They are church goers that do not have a desire for sound bible teaching neither a desire for truth. They only want stories, fables and teachings that will make them feel good about themselves.
Luke 8:15 Jesus speaks of the last type of hearer, those with (3) an honest and good heart.
These type of hearers listen and hear the word, receive the word and believe, then act upon the word.
WHY BE A GOOD LISTENER?
Romans 1:15-17 God has ordained that we be saved through faith in the Gospel of Christ.
Romans 10:14, 17 Saving faith comes from hearing the Gospel message then believing.
Matthew 13:16-18 Those with good spiritual hearing will be blessed with wonderful things from God’s Word.
Luke 8:15 A good listener will be one that hears the word, receives it and bears spiritual fruit.
Colossians 1:3-6 These Christians were bearing fruit because of hearing and then knowing of the wonderful grace of God in their lives. They had fruits of love toward fellow believers because of their good hearts of understanding what they had heard.
Hebrews 2:1-3 A sober warning to those with good hearing. There is a danger of drifting away from the truth through neglect and forgetfulness. The scripture here that says “to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard” means this: we must give very serious attention to the care and protection of the things we have heard.
Matthew 10:14-15; 12:41-42 If we continue to hear the Gospel and are not good listeners there will be a terrible price to pay at the final judgment.
Ezekiel 33:30-32 This prophet was apparently a great speaker that held his listeners captive. However, they were not good hearers much like the vast audience of today’s mega-churches.
James 1:22-25 As important as good listening is, the blessing comes from the actions we take after we hear the word preached.
Matthew 17:5; Luke 9:35 Are we hearing our blessed Lord as The Father desires?