Hearken

Faith, pleasing God, hearing the Word of God; they all go inextricably together; inseparable for function.

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Acts 2:14 – But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:

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On the day in which Jesus taught what is certainly one of His most foundational doctrines, the doctrine of “the sower soweth the word,” He began His teaching with two powerful, broadly encompassing commands; “HEARKEN” and “BEHOLD.”  The word “HEARKEN” means to listen intently.  To listen intently indicates listening that is void of distractions; listening that is purposeful to hear clearly.  The word “BEHOLD” means to gaze at intently.  Both words indicate doing something with purposeful intensity to gain accuracy and clarity in perception and understanding. 

Now look at Peter’s opening command.  After his infilling of Holy Ghost in the upper room, he came forth with the first Pentecost day sermon.  Consider his opening statement.  He addressed those to whom he spoke, told them he was about to say something they really needed to know, and then gave a single command – “hearken to my words.”  Again and again throughout the Scriptures we see this urgent command repeated in one way or another; “hearken;” “attend to my words;” “meditate;” “he that hath ears to hear, let him hear;” and so many more.  It seems to me that in the eyes of God, our hearkening, or listening and taking heed to what He says is critically important for us to be able to live the life He desires for us in this world.

Think of this short litany on the topic of hearing.  Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  Without faith, it is impossible to please God.  It is imperative upon the believer that he/she please Father.  No one wants to hear from the Father, “depart from Me, ye who work iniquity,” or “depart from Me, I never knew you.”  We are born again by the seed of the Word of God.  We are made clean by the washing of the water of the Word.  He sent His Word and healed and delivered those who would receive it.  We can read it for ourselves, but faith comes by hearing.  Once again, it seems to me that HEARING THE WORD is critically important for all people, and especially the believer. 

Hear, my beloved friend, hear!  Allow the Word of God to work in your spirit and soul, to bring clarity to your heart and mind, to bring deliverance and healing to your whole being, to build your faith, to light your path, to illuminate your life, to save your soul, be the spirit and truth you need to live well in this life.  Hear, my beloved friend, hear!

Manna for Today – Acts 2:13-41; Romans 10:6-17; Hebrews 11:1-6; Genesis 1; Joshua 1:6-9;    Proverbs 4:20-23; Matthew 11:15; Mark 4:9; Luke 8:8; Luke 14:35; Mark 4:3

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