Intriguing & Thought provoking?

Intriguing & thought-provoking

           Matthew 11:15: “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

Can you recall the first time you heard these words of Christ? I recall hearing them while I was still in high school. Even now, after all of these 50+ years, they still give me pause for reflection.

Mark 4:9 “And he said: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

Luke 8:8 “And other some fell upon good ground; and being sprung up, yielded fruit a hundredfold. Saying these things, he cried out: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

John 8:43 “Why do you not know my speech? Because you cannot hear my word“.

Matthew 13:13 “Therefore do I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand”

Matthew 13:16 “But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.”

Matthew 13: 41-45 “The Son of man shall send his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all scandals, and them that work iniquity. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the just shine as the sun, in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, hid it, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

Matthew 15:10 “And [Jesus] having called together the multitudes unto him, he said to them: Hear ye and understand.”

Mark 4: 11-14 “And he said to them: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without, all things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand: lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. And he saith to them: Are you ignorant of this parable? and how shall you know all parables? He that soweth, soweth the word. And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown, and as soon as they have heard, immediately Satan cometh and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.”

Luke 8:13 “Now they upon the rock, are they who when they hear, receive the word with joy: and these have no roots; for they believe for a while, and in time of temptation, they fall away.”

Luke 8:18 “Take heed therefore how you hear. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given: [MORE] and whosoever hath not, that also which he thinketh he hath, shall be taken away from him.”

John 8:47 “He that is of God, heareth the words of God. Therefore you hear them not, because you are not of God.”

John 10:16 “And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.”

What does Christ mean? “Cannot hear?”/B]

I always wondered, “What if the people of Jesus’ time did see and hear and have their sins forgiven?” Would that have been the end of it all? Was he waiting for me to hear and believe and have my sins forgiven? It sounds selfish but in a big way I’m glad his plan of salvation included all nations and ME!

“What does Christ mean? “Cannot hear?””
This really is thought provoking. I’ll give it a shot. I can remember before my conversion, when I had no relationship with God, that Scripture bored me, as did hymns and everything else of God. I could not not bear to hear it. I remember being repulsed hearing my father bless a meal.

Now since establishing the relationship with Christ and being confirmed last Easter, I can not get enough Bible study and learning more about my new Catholic faith. Now I can “hear”. Before conversion, in a real way, I could not really hear Christ in scripture. It had no meaning to me.

It is interesting how much hearing and sowing are mentioned in the Gospels. Thanks for this sharing. I did not realize how much, and it must have been a point Christ was really trying to drive home.

Someone who has ears but does not hear is being foolish, senseless or even rebellious, refusing to listen to the word of God as sent to Israel through the prophets.

"Hear this, O foolish and senseless people,
who have eyes, but see not,
who have ears, but hear not.

(Jerimiah 5:21)

Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, who have eyes to see, but see not, who have ears to hear, but hear not; (Ezekiel 12:2)

You have neither listened nor inclined your ears to hear, although the LORD persistently sent to you all his servants the prophets, (Jerimiah 25:4)

Jesus was a Rabbi. He is using the rabbinic teaching technique called remez which means to hint. When Jesus says “ears but do not hear” he is hinting at these passages in the Old Testament about not listening to the prophets and rebelling against the word of God received from the prophets.

Jesus was also a prophet. He is telling his audience that he is a prophet and that they had better listen this time.

-Tim-

But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. (John 12:37-43)

=Kelly Sharp;11239168]"What does Christ mean? “Cannot hear?”

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This really is thought provoking. I’ll give it a shot. I can remember before my conversion, when I had no relationship with God, that Scripture bored me, as did hymns and everything else of God. I could not not bear to hear it. I remember being repulsed hearing my father bless a meal.

Now since establishing the relationship with Christ and being confirmed last Easter, I can not get enough Bible study and learning more about my new Catholic faith. Now I can “hear”. Before conversion, in a real way, I could not really hear Christ in scripture. It had no meaning to me.

It is interesting how much hearing and sowing are mentioned in the Gospels. Thanks for this sharing. I did not realize how much, and it must have been a point Christ was really trying to drive home.

Absoutely RIGHT Kelly:thumbsup:

The number of times a particular and defind teaching appears is HIGHLY refelctive of it’s importance to our God…and therefore also to us.:slight_smile:

God Bless you,
Patrick

=QNDNNDQDCE;11239481]But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. (John 12:37-43)

A question:

Did God DO this or simply “Permit” it? In which case God is the EFECT but not the CAUSE:)

God Bless you,
patrick

No, I don’t think God pours out malice and wickedness into men’s hearts. I think any talk of God hardening someone’s heart must be understood only negatively.

=QNDNNDQDCE;11246234]No, I don’t think God pours out malice and wickedness into men’s hearts. I think any talk of God hardening someone’s heart must be understood only negatively.

GOD DEAR FRIEND CANN ACURATELY BE DESRIBED AS:

“ALL GOOD THINGS [AND ONLY GOOD THINGS] PERFECTED”

Thus it is a moral and theological impossibility for God to impose malice on ones heart:thumbsup:

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