Those Who Want to Hear

Monday, June 27, 2022

“Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them” (Matthew 13:13-15 KJV).

Do we want to hear and believe the truth? Or, are we like these from Christ’s earthly ministry?

Over 250 years ago, a hardened Bible-hater went to see—but not hear—a famous preacher addressing a large crowd outdoors. The unbeliever climbed a tree to have a good view of the service. Placing his fingers into both ears, he started watching the minister. Suddenly, a fly landed on the skeptic’s nose. Though he repeatedly shook his head to drive away the fly, the pest refused to leave him alone. At the precise moment he removed his finger from his ear to brush the fly away, he heard the preacher citing Matthew 11:15: “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” The minister bellowed the pitiful fact that so many souls continually refuse to listen to and believe the Gospel. Moments later, the Bible-hater heard about Jesus Christ’s finished crosswork at Calvary, and trusted it for salvation from his sins!

It is commonly asked, “What will happen to those who have not heard about Jesus?” A more thought-provoking inquiry is, “What will happen to those who do not want to hear about Jesus?” Excuses aside, we do not know what they know or do not know, or what they have heard or have not heard—but we do know what we know and we do know what we have heard. Friends, may we be satisfied with being concerned with our responsibility of faith, and be willing to let the Lord take care of those others. Remember, no matter what, all are “without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

Our latest Bible Q&A: “Can you explain ‘of late’ in John 11:8?