Listen Well

By pastorbillwalden

Mark 4:21-25 Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand? 22For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light. 23If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” 24Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. 25For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

In Mark 4, we see Jesus teaching what are known as “The Kingdom Parables”. They were illustrations about different aspects of the Kingdom of God.

In the middle of that section, Jesus instructs His listeners to “listen well”.
Here’s my understanding of what He said to them.

V. 21- Lampstands are set in place to give light, not to be hidden under a basket or bed.
V. 22- Everything that Jesus teaches is meant to be understood, and eventually will be understood. God wants it to be understood. (Some will only understand at the Great White Throne Judgment, where their knees will bow and their tongues will confess, but not unto salvation. Everyone will eventually understand)
V. 23-Jesus’ exhortation is to listen well in THIS life.
V. 24-Be careful what you listen to, and how you listen. The person that uses care in listening to Jesus will be given a growing understanding about the Kingdom of God. The process builds upon itself. Others half-heartedly listen, but do not hear. (See Mark 4:12)
V. 25-Whoever has care in listening will be given more understanding. Whoever doesn’t use care in listening to Jesus, even what he once understood will be taken away from him. (I believe that God will restore understanding to the one who once again listens with care)

What is the application for us?

Christianity, and more precisely, a relationship with Jesus, is not something to be rushed through.  Learning about Jesus is not an event that happens once, but is a relationship that must be maintained daily, and for life.

None of us rushes through important relationships.  We don’t allow ourselves to become distracted by lesser things.  If we do, we begin to lose closeness, and can become a stranger to a person we once knew so well.  Relationships require care.  They are not static, but constantly growing and changing.

Such is a life with Jesus.  He is not a lifeless idol, but a living God.  His Word is a Living Word.  Hearing Jesus through His word, and through meditation on His Word, is not something to be done recklessly or hurriedly, but with careful attention and reflection.

Ours is not familiarity with a list of rules, but a loving relationship with an infinite God who is willing to increasingly reveal Himself to those who are careful to listen.

Listen well.

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