Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hear-O's and heros

It doesn't require lengthy Bible reading to discover its strong prohibitions against idolatry. What's unique about this prohibition is that much of the reasoning behind it is explained implicitly. It seems that the Biblical attitude is one that places emphasis on hearing instead of seeing. Which is the complete opposite of what idols do. Idolatry badgers people to exchange their ears for their eyes, once this happens, a person can be idolatrous without little statues. Deuteronomy 6:4 is really a two part commandment, the first part commanding that Israel "HEAR", and the second part declaring God's oneness. The Jews have even gone so far as to name this verse the "shema," which translated means HEAR. The angels in John's visions pleaded that the churches would "HEAR" what the Spirit was saying. Jesus, on several occasions, warned His disciples to protect their hearing from doctrines that were prevalent in their day. Why? Because the men who taught these doctrine had the form but not the essence of godliness. The only way to navigate through these kinds of contradictions is to examine what's being said- not what's being seen. Our own eyes teach us how limited they really are. Objects for example, can have definite sizes but to our eyes size is determined by proximity to that object not rulers. It's like the little girl who went on a plane for the first time, and after noticing that everything outside the plane was looking smaller, she turned to her parents and asked, "When are we going to get smaller too?" Heroes in the Bible were people who could "HEAR" the decrees of God and then live them out. Our world doesn't seem to have any shortage of people who can see how bad things are. What it does seem to lack are people who can hear from God and translate those words into actions. The present and future are both beckoning for more than just heroes, they're beckoning for Hear-O's.


Carol Connell said...

Great post. Scripture also mentions too that "faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)May God help us all to have a greater sensitivity to hear his voice.

Ari & Jaimee Prado said...

I thought about that verse AFTER I posted this.

It was good seeing you all recently.