He Who Has Ears – Let Him Hear

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, August 24, 2011

 He who has ears, let him hear. “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’”  – Matthew 11:15-17

 Jesus made an interesting comparison between the people of his day and children wanting to play, but they wanted to play their way. It’s almost like the proverbial child who brings the ball into the game and says, “Let me play according to my rules or I will take my ball and go home.”

The Message gives a pretty clear picture of what Jesus was trying to say. “How can I account for this generation? The people have been like spoiled children whining to their parents, ‘We wanted to skip rope, and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk, but you were always too busy.’ John came fasting and they called him crazy. I came feasting and they called me a lush, a friend of the riff-raff. Opinion polls don’t count for much, do they? The proof of the pudding is in the eating” (Matthew 11:16-19 The Message).

Jesus prefaced this analogy with, “He who has ears, let him hear.” What was it he wanted them to hear? He had just shown the disciples of John the Baptist proof that he was the one John had been telling them would come. He concluded that portion of his teaching with, “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. ” (v12-13).

He seems to be trying to tell them that it is past time to be playing around. Don’t be children waiting for the next game to play; It is time to be people of force and power! Grab hold of the kingdom as it grows by and be prepared for the ride of your life.

I am convinced this is his message today. Listen to his words; hear what he is saying and become men and women filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and with the force of committed conviction.

 Prayer: Lord, give me the force of conviction to believe your words.

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