Posts Tagged ‘Famine of HEARING the words of the LORD’

Keep Spiritually Sharp

October 12, 2019

Ecclesiastes 10:10 NLT … Since a dull ax requires great strength, sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.

From NetBible Ecc 10:10

  • The point is that it is a waste of a great deal of strength and energy. If a person is not smart{wise}, he will have to use a lot of energy and waste his efficiency.

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Keep spiritually sharp
Do not let your ears become dull(
hard of hearing)
From drinking only milk and thirsting for water{
spirit}
Without eating solid food.
Heb 5:11-14; Amos 8:11-14
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Pay attention and apply the words of the wisePro 22:17
Keep/obey His word that you may livePs 119:17
Have them ready on your lips
So that your trust may be in the LORD. –Pro 22:18-19
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Praise the Lord! How blessed is the one who fears/obeys the Lord, who takes great delight in keeping His commands! –Ps 112:1;Jn 14:23
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Proverbs 22:17-19 Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 Listen carefully and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them in mind [incorporating them as guiding principles]; Let them be ready on your lips [to guide and strengthen yourself and others].
19 So that your trust and reliance and confidence may be in the Lord, I have taught these things to you today, even to you.

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John 14:21-23 Amplified Bible (AMP)
21 The person who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him [I will make Myself real to him].” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) asked Him, “Lord, what has happened that You are going to reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered, “If anyone [really] loves Me, he will keep My word (teaching); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling place with him.
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Related:
Sharpen Your Blade{prayer}

Ears Hard of Hearing

August 19, 2017

Acts 28:23-27 AMPC … So when they had set a day with him, they came in large numbers to his lodging. And he fully set forth and explained the matter to them from morning until night, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets.
24 And some were convinced and believed what he said, and others did not believe.
25 And as they disagreed among themselves, they began to leave, [but not before] Paul had added one statement [more]: The Holy Spirit was right in saying through Isaiah the prophet to your forefathers:
26 Go to this people and say to them, You will indeed hear and hear with your ears but will not understand, and you will indeed look and look with your eyes but will not see [not perceive, have knowledge of or become acquainted with what you look at, at all].
27 For the heart (the understanding, the soul) of this people has grown dull (stupid, hardened, and calloused), and their ears are heavy and hard of hearing and they have shut tight their eyes, so that they may not perceive and have knowledge and become acquainted with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their souls and turn [to Me and be converted], that I may heal them.

Paul testified about Jesus both from the law of Moses and from the Prophets(v23) and Scripture(v25: Isaiah 6).

Why then did some not understand?

  • They have shut their eyes
  • Their ears are hard of hearing
  • Their hearts are hardened

James 1:23-25Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the PERFECT LAW that gives FREEDOM, and continues in it–not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it–they will be blessed in what they do.


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Ears are dull(hard of hearing) from drinking only milk and
From thirsting for water{spirit} without eating solid food.

Heb 5:11-14; Amos 8:11-14

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Matthew 22:29Jesus answered them, “You are deceived{in error,mistaken, wrong}, because you don’t know{understand} the Scriptures or the power of God”.
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Why are ears hard of hearing-Eyes shut tight&Hearts not understanding? => Matthew 22:29
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Dull Ears=>from drinking only milk &thirsting for water{spirit} without eating solid food –Heb 5:11-14; Amos 8:11-14
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Be careful what you eat=>It affects what you are able to hear-see-understand! Mark 4:24
https://t.co/6TKmjy6yT1

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Human Wisdom and a Hard Heart

July 1, 2017

Mark 8:17-18 NASB … And Jesus, aware of this, *said to them, “Why do you discuss the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet see or understand? Do you have a hardened heart? 18 Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember?

Symptoms of hard heart = unable to see(perceive), unable to understand, unable to hear, and unable to remember.

Interesting that these same symptoms are in the following passage about the vanity/meaninglessness/futility of relying on human/worldly wisdom.

Relying on human/worldly wisdom results in a hard heart that is unable to see, hear, understand or remember things of the Lord!
https://t.co/ztBECiIcUi

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Ecclesiastes 1:8-11 AMPC … All things are weary with toil and all words are feeble; man cannot utter it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. 9 The thing that has been—it is what will be again, and that which has been done is that which will be done again; and there is nothing new under the sun. 10 Is there a thing of which it may be said, See, this is new? It has already been, in the vast ages of time [recorded or unrecorded] which were before us. 11 There is no remembrance of former happenings or men, neither will there be any remembrance of happenings of generations that are to come by those who are to come after them.
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Relying on WorldlyWisdom results in a HardHeart that is unable to see-hear-understand or remember things of theLord!

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Human/Wordly Wisdom Godly Wisdom
All is vanity/meaninglessness/futility
Ecc 1:2
Is like a tree of life – a blessing
Pro 3:18
All is full of weariness
Ecc 1:8
Learn from Me to find rest
Mt 11:28-30
Eyes not satisfied with seeing
Ears not filled with hearing
Ecc 1:8
The Spirit opens
eyes, ears, minds to perceive
what God has prepared
for those who love(obey) Him
1Cor 2:9-10;Is 64:3-4
There is no new thing under the sun
Ecc 1:9
In Christ = made new
2Cor 5:17;Rev 21:5
Eyes can not SEE the new
Ecc 1:10
None can SEE the kingdom of God
Unless born again
(made new in Christ)
Jn 3:3;2 Cor 5:17
All works are vanity/meaningless
Like chasing the wind
Ecc 1:14
None can enter the kingdom of God
Unless born of water & Spirit(wind)
Jn 3:5:Acts 2:1-4
What is crooked(wrong)
Can not be made straight(right)
=>There is no straight way
Ecc 1:15
Christ is the only “straight” way
To the Father in heaven
Lk 3:4-6;Jn 14:6
Knowing wisdom is to know madness
Like chasing the wind(to catch it)
Ecc 1:17
God has given His children
A Spirit of power, love & sound mind
2Tim 1:7
Much wisdom brings much
Grief & sorrow
Ecc 1:18
Walk and abide in the Spirit
To bear fruit – joy, love, peace …
Gal 5:22-25;Jn 15:4

The King’s Sword

January 28, 2012

The King’s sword discerns and separates good from evil.
The King’s sword executes judgement.

The King’s sword is discernment, knowledge and wisdom
—> knowledge of God’s Word, and wisdom to apply it.

-1Ki 3:9,24;2Chron 1:10;Ps 149:6-9;Heb 4:12

The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine through the land—
Not a famine of bread,
Nor a thirst for water.

—> a famine of hearing the words of the LORD. -Amos 8:11

What is deception?
Isn’t it believing a lie because the truth is not perceived – intelligently heard?

Why is there a shortage of ears to hear the words of the Lord{truth}?

We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you have become dull of hearing. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. -Heb 5:11-14

Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. -Mt 22:29

There is no shortage of bread{truth} —>solid food.

Ears are dull from drinking only milk
From thirsting for water{spirit} without eating solid food.

Dull ears do not know how to use the King’s sword
They are unable to distinguish good from evil or discern truth
They are unable to test the spirits.
-1Jn 4:1

People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, But they will not find it. -Amos 8:12

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Related:
The King’s Sword

He Who Has Ears!

April 13, 2010

Amos 8:11
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[08085] {to hear intelligently, perceive, understand, obey} the words of the LORD.

These days are here …

 

What is deception? Is it not believing a lie because the truth is not
perceived —- intelligently heard?

Proverbs 2:1-5
My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, 2SO that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; 3Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 4If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will *understand[0995] the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

*understand[0995] – biyn
To perceive, discern, to understand, know (with the mind)

——> In order to see and believe the Son, you must receive His words and treasure His commands
——> If you do not receive His words and treasure His commands your ears will not be open
——> You will not understand{with your mind} the fear of the LORD or find the knowledge of God.

 

He who has ears, let him hear!Mark 4

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Related:
To the Thirsty
True Food and True Drink
Famine of Hearing

True Food and True Drink

April 11, 2010

John 6:54-58 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides{dwells} in Me, and I in him. 57As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on{consumes} Me will live because of Me. 58This is the bread which came down from heaven––not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats{consumes} this bread will live forever.

Eating true bread and drinking true drink results in

—> eternal life and the promise of resurrection at the last day

—> abiding with Jesus, mutual indwelling

Notice that seeing /looking on and believing the Son has the same result.

John 6:40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who *sees[2334] the Son and *believes[4100] in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

From Netbible Jn 6:40

note: Notice that here the result (having eternal life and being raised up at the last day) is produced by looking on the Son and believing in him. Compare John 6:54 where the same result is produced by eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking his blood. This suggests that the phrase in 6:54 (eats my flesh and drinks my blood) is to be understood in terms of the phrase here (looks on the Son and believes in Him).

*sees[2334] – theoreo
To see, to know, to experience, to perceive with the mind

*believes[4100] – pisteuo
To think to be true, conviction of truth,
To trust and have confidence in, intellectual faith

John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life[2227]{quickens}; the flesh{carnal mind[4561]} profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Romans 8:6 To be carnally[4561] minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Romans 8:10-11 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin{the flesh profits nothing}, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also quicken[2227]{{give life to} your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Proverbs 2:1-5 My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, 2So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; 3Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 4If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will *understand[0995] the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

*understand[0995] – biyn
To perceive, discern, to understand, know (with the mind)

——> In order to see and believe the Son, you must receive His words and treasure His commands
——> If you do not receive His words and treasure His commands your ears will not be open
——> You will not understand{with your mind} the fear of the LORD or find the knowledge of God.

Amos 8:11 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[08085] {to hear intelligently, perceive, understand, obey} the words of the LORD.
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Related:
Famine of Hearing

Famine of Hearing

March 12, 2010

Amos 8:11-14
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.
12 They shall wander from sea to sea,
And from north to east;
They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD,
But shall not find it.
13 “ In that day the fair virgins
And strong young men
Shall faint from thirst.
14 Those who swear by the sin of Samaria,
Who say,

 

‘ As your god lives, O Dan!’
And, ‘As the way of Beersheba lives!’
They shall fall and never rise again.”

The judgement for not eating the true bread{not discriminating what we eat} — seems to be a famine for hearing the words of the LORD.

It’s not a famine of bread, it’s a famine of hearing …

The true bread is pure, tried and tested; it contains no mixture.

Psalm 12:6
The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.

They shall wander … They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but shall not find it. ……

Mark 4:24-25 NKJV
Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure[measuring rod, standard of judgment] you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. 25 For whoever has[takes hold of, eats], to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

Mark 4:24-25 AMP
And He said to them, Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you–and more [besides] will be given to you who hear.

 

25For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away [by force],

What you eat affects what you hear.