God Told Us Fifteen Times

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As I was reading Matthew 13:8,9 in the New Living Translation, something ignited in my spirit.

“Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!  Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

I’ve taught and/or quoted this passage of scripture dozens, oftimes but on this particular occasion verse nine just leaped out at me.

“Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

My first thought was that not everyone hearing about sowing and reaping a harvest of thirty, sixty and the hundredfold return will understand.

Some people simply are not in a position mentally, emotionally or spiritually to hear this scriptural truth about sowing and reaping.

Others hear the revelation about the hundredfold return but don’t catch the spiritual significance because they’ve never been taught about seedtime and harvest.

The great, (forget his name—initials and last name that Papa Hagin always quoted saying this), once said, “You can’t have revelation for what you don’t have knowledge of.”

One thing is clear. . .God wants you to hear and understand.  He doesn’t want you to be ignorant.

1 Corinthians 12:1 in the Amplified Bible says:

“NOW ABOUT the spiritual gifts (the special endowments of supernatural energy), brethren, I do not want you to be misinformed.”

The King James Version says “I would not have you ignorant.”

God doesn’t want you ignorant of anything in His Word or of His promises for you to have a life worth living.  God wants you to hear and understand the fullness of His Word.

There are eight times in the New Living Translation in which the children of God are told that “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

Matthew 11:15 says in reference to Elijah and John the Baptist:

“Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”

Matthew 13:9 says in reference to the thirty, sixty, hundredfold:

“Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

Matthew 13:43 says:

“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”

Mark 4:9 says in reference to the thirty, sixty, hundredfold:

“Then he said, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

Mark 4:23 says in reference to hidden secrets being revealed:

“Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

Luke 8:8 says:

“Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!” When he had said this, he called out, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

Luke 14:35 says:

“Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”

Revelation 13:9 says:

“Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

Plus there are seven times in the New Living Translation of the book of Revelation where the Word says in reference to end time events:

“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.

This exact wording of scripture is found in:  Revelation 2:7, 11, 17 and 29 as well as Revelation 3:6, 13 and 22.

If God tells us something fifteen times in the scripture then without question He wants us to “hear and understand” what He’s saying.

Luke 11:28 in the New Living Translation says:

“Jesus replied, `But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.’”

Simply said, hearing the word is not enough, you must understand what you are hearing.

Now I’m sure some wonderful saint is thinking “Yes, but, Brother Harold, the Word says that faith cometh by hearing.

Romans 10:17 does says:

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

According to Strong’s Concordance the Greek word for hearing is akoē (G189) which is defined as:

“the sense of hearing; the organ of hearing, the ear; the thing heard.”

However, akoē is from the root word akouō (G191) which is defined as:

“to be endowed with the faculty of hearing, not deaf; to attend to, consider what is or has been said; to understand, perceive the sense of what is said; to comprehend and understand.”

And yes, you guessed it. . .it’s the same Greek word that is used in all of the fifteen verses discussed earlier in the teaching where we’re told to “listen and understand.”

That’s why it’s important when we read the word. . .that we keep a pen and paper close by so we can make notes on the things God will show us while reading His Word.

Our youngest son has a new found hunger for the Word which blesses our hearts immensely.  It is a joy listening to him talk about the things that He’s finding to be so real to him in the Word.  And on this occasion, I can thank him for being used of God to prompt my study of hearing and understanding.

One last observation. . .Matthew 13:8-9 and Matthew 13:23 are amazingly close.  I believe they’re putting forth spiritual truths that God wants you and me to get deep down in our spirits. . .so they become a part of our daily reality.

Matthew 13:8-9 in the New Living Translation says:

“Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!  Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

Matthew 13:23 in the New Living Translation says:

“The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

So the question that must be asked is simply this. . .how many times do we have to read or hear what God is saying before we understand and act on His Word?

 

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