He who has ears to hear

You may have heard of the latest great viral debate – is it yanny or laurel?

After hearing it yesterday I told my wife it probably has to do with what a person’s ears can hear over a digital speaker since people can obviously speak either of the words out-loud and we understand each other.

Sure enough, that is what’s going on. Keeping in mind that the quality of the audio device producing the recording has a bearing on what can or will be heard, and frequently the age of one’s ears, the basic premise of the original recording had to do with high and low-frequency recordings. People with ears attuned to high-frequency sounds heard “yanny” and people with ears attuned to low-frequency sounds heard “laurel”.

There is also another level of recorded frequencies that cause some people to hear one thing while some people hear another – the spiritual frequency.

Unlike the yanny or laurel debate, the ability to hear the spiritual frequency of God’s word has nothing to do with our physical ears but rather with our mindset. Our mindset changes and controls what we are capable of hearing. You can call it a point of view driven by resonating sound of spiritual sensitivity.

Correctly hearing God’s word is vital to a right relationship with God (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). Jesus spoke much about this important point. This is why he spoke in parables! To test the ears (hearts) of his hearers (Mark 4:1-12). A test that continues to have more riding on it than “yanny or laurel” to this day.

So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?” Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of the temple of His body.” (John 2:18-21 NKJV)

Then some rose up and bore false witness against Him, saying, “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.’ ” But not even then did their testimony agree. … And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself, and come down from the cross!”” (Mark 14:57-59; 15:29-30)

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6-26-2015 The Summer Drought

Early into Summer, we’re already hearing what to do for the drought conditions we’re having. No one can do without water: not plants, nor animals, nor people. God prophesied to the corrupted Northern Kingdom of Israel through Amos, “’Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the LORD’” (Amos 8:11 NKJV). “Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink’” (John 7:37 NKJV). After His resurrection, He said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Many people have been kept from the water Jesus commands, and are in a drought.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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