What does God mean when He says, “Whoever has ears, let them hear”? Why did He need to emphasize this? Let’s take an example as a parent. Occasionally, I will ask my kids, “Would you point to your ears and show me you have them?” I do not say it with a rude attitude or in anger, but I want them to get my message clearly concerning the actions they take. So, when they follow my instruction and their hand touches their ears I then ask them another question about the function of the ear. Their answer is no different than anyone else’s and they can no longer have any more excuses not “To hear”.
Yes, they heard me, but does that mean they do what I ask them to do? We all know the answer is “sometimes”. So, why do I need to go through the whole discussion about “Do you have ears”? First, I believe it means that what I say should be for everyone. Second, it means that no one should have any excuses to not do what I ask them to do. If they hear and do not do what they have been asked to do it means they have made their decision not to do it and if they do not do what they should do, it is their choice and they will experience the consequences of their disobedience.
‘He said, “Go and tell these people: ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn and be healed.”’ (Isaiah 6:9-10, NIV)
What does God expect of His people? If they have eyes they should see, if they have ears they should hear and they should understand in their hearts. If their ears, their eyes and their heart functions properly then they should be turned, but if they do not, God prefers that they have never heard or seen the truth. 2 Peter 2:21 (NIV) tells us, “It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.”
My dear friends, in James 4:17 (NIV) it says, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” So, what does sin cost us? “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23a, NIV)
My children may not have to die to pay for their disobedience to their earthly parents, but if we take this thought a step forward – we see that every act of disobedience is the result of ignorance to the consequence of sin and it affects all ages.
The consequence Adam and Eve experienced came as a result of disobedience to God’s instruction. There will be no excuse we can give when you and I stand in front of the Holy God who is all knowing, all righteous and just. He spoke and His words are recorded and we do hear. We can never say that we do not do what He says because we do not understand. He promises that whoever asks Him for the Holy Spirit will receive it and the Spirit can reveal all truth to us, also, do not use the word Paul says in Romans 7:15 which says that this is the sin living in me that disobeys, but remember that He also discovered victory through Christ.
My dear friends, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Matthew 11:15, ESV)