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Hear and Obey

When one of our sons was small, he had some difficulty hearing because of numerous ear infections and subsequent tubes in his ears. I remember the ENT doctor saying, “I can help him hear, but I can’t help him obey what he is hearing.” Yes, there is a distinction between hearing and obeying! As Christians, we know this.

Biblical cultures were action-oriented, and the original language of scripture reflects this emphasis. In Hebrew, many verbs that we consider purely mental activities (hearing, knowing, remembering, etc.) include the physical counterpart. In Deut. 6:4, we see a perfect example of this: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the Lord is one.”

The Hebrew word that’s translated hear in our Bibles is “shema” and meant to hear AND obey. Israel was called to hear that the Lord is one, but they were called to more than just an intellectual ascent. They were called to live like it! One Lord, one God, and single-hearted devotion to Him.

Jesus is constantly calling us to put His words into action. It’s not enough to just know what He said. It’s not enough to being able to quote Scripture (as good as that is). We have not truly assimilated the Word into our hearts until it comes out in our actions. Let’s not fill up on the Word; let’s be doers of it (James 1:22).

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Burning Hearts

Luke 24:32: They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”

We have all felt the burn in our hearts referenced in the verse above to varying degrees. For some, the words of a cherished loved one ring on forever, branding themselves onto the heart. For others it could be the passionate plea made by their parents as they urged them to keep the faith. Some may have felt it during a particularly moving piece of music or while viewing a piece of artwork. Those less cultured may simply know it from one too many lunches at Chipotle. Whatever it may be, the fire in our hearts is there for a reason- it was placed there by our Creator to resonate with words of truth and spur us into action.

The words of Jesus Christ are not like the words of man. He is the Word, the Word who is God and has always been with God. He never misplaced a syllable, never threw away a moment, never took a sentence for granted. And yet we read His Word so flippantly, as if opening another issue of the Sunday funnies. We tend to gain more insight into God’s Person from blogs written by people rather than words written by the One. When was the last time you opened your Bible and were in awe of what was written? Pray to God that He would unveil the glory of His Scripture to your heart today, and let your heart burn with passion for Him.

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