What Does Matthew 13:9 Mean?

Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 13:9(KJV)

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God sent His only begotten Son into the world, and He expects us to listen to Him. God speaks to us through His Word - His living Word (the Lord Jesus Christ), and His written Word (the Holy Scriptures), and God has called us to hear Him because faith comes by hearing and hearing from the Word of God. And many times in Scripture we are admonished: "He who hath ears to hear, let him hear."

The scribes and Pharisees had already failed to hear the Word of God, and accused the Lord Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Satan. And the huge crowds that followed Jesus were also in danger of missing the glorious Person and Presence of God incarnate, by failing to hear the truth of Christ's Word. And so He gives the clarion call: "Whoever hath ears to hear, let him hear."

The Word of God is living and powerful and as Christians we are called to hear and heed His Word, but there are many pitfalls which can cause the living seed of God's Word to fall on deaf and unbelieving ears. They might hear the sound, the syntax, and the sentence with their ears, but fail to understand the spiritual truth within their heart. And so the Lord spoke to the crowd in veiled language so that those who had ears to hear would hear and would understand.

As we open the written Word of God, may we focus upon it, hearing it, understanding it, and putting into practice the glorious truths within. And may the living Word, Jesus Christ, be the focus of our lives as we seek to live our lives to glorify Him.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to have a listening ear and to hear all that You have to say to me. Give me a teachable spirit, and may I grow in grace and in a knowledge of You. Help me to trust Your Word implicitly, for Your Word is truth. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.

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