Open Ears to Hear (9/6/2020)
Third of a three-part study on Mark 4:21-23
“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear’ ” (Mark 4:23).
While this verse clearly goes back to the message laid out in the Parable of the Sower—that is, that everyone is responsible for receiving the word properly—Jesus also sends a clear warning to these apostles.
The warning is clear and concise: Jesus tells them they had better use the ears God gave them for hearing—and the kind of hearing He is talking about is not casually taking in sound. He has clear reference to listening with the intent of heeding.
And this message resounds down to us today. If we have a sincere desire to go to Heaven and be with God someday, we must take heed how we hear the message of the gospel: it must be with an honest heart that is exacting, proving what we hear and holding fast to the message.