Is Anybody Out There Listening?
After hearing a particular sermon from an Apostate religious group recently, (which was an insult to any thinking person) and the continual bombardment of political commercials (mud-slinging) I have once again become painfully aware of the apparent lack of intelligent listening by a large portion of the population. Unhappily this is not a modern aberration but one of the ancient societal problems that the prophets had to deal with and plagues us to this day.
Isaiah 6: 10 “Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears
heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear
with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn again, and
2 Timothy 4: 3 - 4 “For the time will come when they will not endure
the sound doctrine; but, having itching ears, will heap to themselves
teachers after their own lusts; and will turn away their ears from the
truth, and turn aside to fables.”
Hosea 4: 6, 10 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:
because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you
shall be no priest to me: seeing that you have forgotten the law of
your Elohim.” “And they shall eat, and not have enough; they shall
play the harlot, and shall not increase: because they have left off
taking heed to Yahweh.”
In the “Old Testament,” “New Testament,” and especially today people have grown tired of thinking about what they hear and see. They seem to want only what promises to please their carnal desires or their egos. There is no thought for the implications or consequences of what is being purposed as long as it feels good for ME right NOW. The “dummying down” of the general population is nearly complete. Attention spans are shorter than a “sound bite” and we shouldn’t tire ourselves “... much study is a weariness of the flesh - Ecclesiastes 12: 12.” This has lead to the condition of the world we see today: politicians make contradictory promises, religion abounds with turmoil, indecision and divisiveness. COMPROMISE is the watchword nearly everywhere you turn. Should this be so?
On the political/social realm the history of mankind repeatedly shows that a group is strong only when it has a solid foundation to build upon. This foundation must be one that promotes truth, morality and holds true knowledge in high esteem. A viable culture will result as long as the people know, understand and live according to it’s tenants. Change should therefore only refine the culture. Unhappily history also shows that mankind left to his own inclinations will, at some point, apply “situation ethics” to whatever culture he is in, thus defiling even the best culture (the one given to us by Almighty Yahweh) and bring it to ruin. This is the history of man from Adam and is one of the reasons for acceptance of the “Beast System” in Revelation 13.
On the religious front the situation is no better. All that has been said about politics applies to religion for both have become of the same nature. Because of personal self interest religion has become a political entity in the image of man not of Yahweh. There are those who can put out anything, call it a “sermon” and get a group to “amen” it; as long as it “sounds good” and tickles their ears.
Are we responsible to understand what is being put forth to us? Of course we are! The above references in Hosea and in 2 Timothy tell us that. It is a given in the Torah:
Numbers 15: 39 - 40 “and it shall be to you for a fringe, that you
may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of Yahweh,
and do them; and that you follow not after your own heart and your
own eyes, after which you used to play the harlot; that you may
remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your Elohim.”
Deuteronomy 17: 9 - 13 “and you shall come to the priests the Levites,
and to the judge that shall be in those days: and you shall inquire; and
they shall show you the sentence of judgment. And you shall do
according to the tenor of the sentence which they shall show you from
that place which Yahweh shall choose: and you shall observe to do according to all that they shall teach you: according to the tenor of the
law which they shall teach you. And according to the judgment which
they shall tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside from the
sentence which they shall show you, to the right hand, or to the left.
And the man that does presumptuously, in not listening to the priest
that stands to minister there before Yahweh your Elohim, or to the
judge, that man shall die: and you shall put away the evil from Israel.
And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.”
So, we see that it was not enough to follow the law in a simple-minded manner, but, one also had to understand and apply the tenor [6310: peh, the mouth (the means of blowing); specific edge, portion or side. Translations include: according to, eat (from a Hebrew idiom), edge, end, entry, mind, part, wish.” From 6284: pa’ah: to puff, scatter into corners. [From Strong’s Concordance] of the sentence. The tenor (principal) of the law was to be applied in every corner of one’s life. In order to function in society an Israelite had to have enough intelligence to inquire, learn, understand the spirit behind a law as well as it’s application, and, the consequences of both obedience and disobedience to both the principal and execution of the judgment rendered. Anyone who willfully disregarded the judgment in it’s principal or application would face public execution (also see Hebrews 10: 26 - 31 for a future reference). The book of Proverbs is especially replete with references to the necessity of wisdom and understanding, and the negative results of the “foolish.” Can you discern between wisdom and the inviting, smooth, oily talk of the harlot/foreign woman?
OK, we see that in the past people had to use their understanding even to the point of being educated so they could be in compliance with Almighty Yahweh. What about today and in the future?
Matthew 24: 4, 11 “And Yahshua answered and said to them,
Take heed that no man leads you astray.” “And many false prophets
shall arise, and shall lead many astray.”
1 John 4: 1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of Yahweh; because many false prophets are gone
out into the world.”
Revelation 22: 14 - 15 “Blessed are they that do his commandments,
that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the
gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the
idolaters, and everyone that loves and makes a lie.”
Matthew 28: 19 - 20 “Go you therefore, and make disciples of all
the nations, immersing them into the name of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatever I commanded
you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
We must conclude that today we must increase our understanding of what is transpiring around us especially in the realm of religion. Today the excuses of the past have been removed from all but the most primitive locations. Knowledge continues to increase at a phenomenal rate, but wisdom and understanding are on the decline; the smarter we get, the dumber we become. In the sermon that was referred to at the beginning: if the people had LISTENED, and THOUGHT, and wanted to UNDERSTAND what was being said they would have left before the speaker had finished.
To do justice to the subject would almost require quoting the whole of Scripture; so we will leave it at encouraging all to LISTEN with understanding as you HEAR:
“Hear, O Israel: Yahweh is our Elohim, Yahweh is one: and you shall
love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your might. And these words, which I command you this
day, shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to
your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when
you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. And
you shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and thy shall be frontlets between your eyes. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house, and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6: 4-9.
This article presents concern where listening in general has declined from the author's era. We were taught to pay attention! Today, this is the exception rather than the rule! The following article brings forth some very relevant information on LISTENING.
(All Scripture from T.S.S.. Emphases mine throughout).
Yours in the knowledge of Messiah:
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