|Hear and Obey|
© 2011 Debbie Turner Chavers
Are you listening to the voice of the Lord? Has the sin of disobedience stuffed your ears?
When I was young, people would say "Take the cotton out of your ears."
In my painting of the Art Parable, "Hear and Obey", the cotton ball in the Water-man's ear represents willful disobedience.
You can choose to hear and obey God's word.
If you have stopped your ears from hearing the word of the Lord, remove the cotton of disobedience.
Open your ears to receive God's good word for and to you.
Matthew 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Mark 7:16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Luke 9:35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
**Strongs concordance gave these meanings in context with the word ear in scripture
(a) of the physical organ, e.g., Luke 4:21; Acts 7:57; in Act 11:22, in the plural with akouo, "to hear," lit., "was heard into the ears of someone," i.e., came to the knowledge of; similarly, in the singular, Matthew 10:27, in familiar private conversation; in James 5:4 the phrase is used with eiserchomai, "to enter into;" in Luke 1:44, with ginomai, "to become, to come;" in Luke 12:3, with lalein, "to speak" and pros, "to;"
(b)metaphorically, of the faculty of perceiving with the mind, understanding and knowing, Matthew 13:16; frequently with akouo, "to hear," e.g., Matthew 11:15; 13:9, 43; Revelation. 2 and 3, at the close of each of the messages to the churches; in Matthew 13:15; Act 28:27, with bareos, "heavily," of being slow to understand and obey; with a negative in Mark 8:18; Romans 11:8; in Luke 9:44 the lit. meaning is "put those words into your ears," i.e., take them into your mind and keep them there; in Acts 7:51 it is used with aperitmetos, "uncircumcised."
As seeing is metaphorically associated with conviction, so hearing is with obedience (hupakoe, lit., "hearing under;" the Eng., "obedience" is etymologically "hearing over against," i.e., with response in the hearer).
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