speaking of signs

And a voice came out of the cloud, saying,
This is my Son, my chosen: hear ye him.

Luke 9:35


(Bible tract found tucked in the handle of my car door / Julie Cook / 2019)

So yesterday I made mention of two little rural church signs I saw during my recent back and forth travels.
Two little signs that opened both my heart and mind…more or less, reawakening my senses.

Another little sign made its way to me again yesterday morning.

Having not been home for any length of time over the past three weeks, a most needed grocery run
was greatly in order and the first thing on the day’s docket.

Nearly 45 minutes later, the bagger gal, who insisted on pushing my overflowing cart out to my car,
emptied the cart into my car as I finally made my way to back to the driver’s door.
Nestled in between the handle and car was a small piece of folded paper.

Upon further inspection, the paper folded up under my car’s door handle was actually a Bible tract.

It’s always a mystery to me how these things materialize.
I leave the car, buy some groceries, then poof, God’s word winds up tucked into my
car’s door handle.

The title: This Is My Beloved Son In Whom I Am Well Pleased…
Hear Ye Him!

Hear Ye Him…

I pondered that line.

It sounded archaic…perhaps King James.

However, upon a further later investigation of the line, which is from the Book of Luke,
it turns out that the version is actually from the American Standard Bible.

And so I pondered deeper…

Most versions read “Listen to Him” versus this version of “Hear Ye Him”

Hear versus Listen…the ‘ye’ bit I get— meaning you there…
but it was the balance of hear vs listen that had me ruminating.

Aren’t they the same?
Don’t both words mean the same?

Words and their meanings have always intrigued me.

According to Merriam Webster,
Hear: transitive verb
to perceive or become aware of by the ear
to gain knowledge of by hearing
to listen to with attention
transitive verb
to have the capacity of perceiving sound
to gain information
to receive communication

Listen: transitive verb
to give ear to

intransitive verb
to pay attention to sound
to hear something with thoughtful attention: give consideration
to be alert to catch an expected sound

So yes, I see that there is a difference between the two words…to hear vs to listen.

Firstly, to hear seems active whereas to listen appears more passive.

God is wanting us to perceive, to become aware of, to gain.
He also wants us to pay attention, to give consideration to and to be alert…
as well as to passively receive.

He wants us to lend our ear…but the question we must ask ourselves is to lend it for what?

We must be open in order to actually hear.
We must be wanting and willing.

We can hear something but are we truly hearing it?
Is it like white noise in the background or is it received into the cognizant part of
our brain for the processing of what it really is?

Seems more signs just keep coming my way…

So Jesus said to him, “Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”
John 4:48

13 comments on “speaking of signs

  1. SharaC says:

    I love signs. “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through he accompanying signs…” Mark 19:20.
    This just occurred to me… we HEAR the word, like He tells us to do… faith comes by hearing and all that… and we LISTEN to His voice and sometimes the little signs that come around to confirm those words…
    I’m so happy for your little sign!

  2. Wally Fry says:

    See I would pay attention to that thing with the words. There is a correct word for every situation

  3. It’s amazing how God can/will use one itty-bitty passage to make a big impact This is why I love God and His word so much! The Lord has indeed spoken through this in a powerful way, on the heels of a powerful time of meditation for me…When I hear the words Hear ye, it reminds me of court proceedings, to which we know are all important….Awesomeness!!

  4. I love this Julie. Such a great example as to why we are instructed to “study” the Word and not merely read it.

  5. lynnabbott says:

    God loves you so, dear Julie! That is obvious by the way He speaks to you… and you truly love Him; you both hear and listen to Him! And then, you encourage all of us to do the same! Love you bunches! 💜💜

  6. Lynda Clayton says:

    Beautiful Julie! Seems to me that God is reminding you that God is in control and is with you and your family now and always. Rest in Him!

  7. Tom Salmon says:

    Until I started reading the Bible, I don’t think I paid nearly as much attention to the meaning of word, but reading the Bible on the Internet drives home the fact that the choice of words makes a difference.

    We need to bring up our children to pay careful attention to words. We think in words. When we use words poorly, we think poorly. We cannot understand our Lord as well as we should.

    • Thank you Tom for your words. I do agree. Our society has become so lax with the use of words— words once so foul or taboo are now common place— we have failed in our understanding and significance so it is no wonder we can no longer truly discern God and his word.

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