Sunday, May 22, 2011

Proverbs 20:12 commentary; The eye and the ear

12 ¶ The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

The Bible begins with a statement that is the foundation for all other statements in it.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

There simply is no getting around that and no way to say it means something it doesn’t. First, there is a God and secondly He created the heaven and the earth. Then the chapter in Genesis goes on to explain how; in what order and how long it took for God to speak the universe into existence. This verse alone overthrows any possible excuse for the Christian to believe in a purely naturalistic explanation of the creation of everything. God pre-existed and was the cause of all matter, energy, and time. You either believe that God created everything as the Bible said or you deny it. If you deny that there is a God, here’s what the Bible says about you.

Psalm 14:1 begins with “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”

Books have been written and much study done about the complexity of the ear and the eye. The eye alone has been used by those scientists who believed in God as an example of complexity so fundamental that it would be impossible for it to evolve slowly as many different things go into its functioning. However, an argument about whether life happened by chance or whether God created it like everything else still revolves around whether or not God exists and whether or not all things in heaven and earth come from His will.

God has also given the ear the ability to hear and the mind to understand what it hears. When the Bible talks about hearing it often takes the meaning that one step further to believing what you hear from God and obeying. When it talks about seeing it goes again to that next step of understanding.

The first part of Deuteronomy 1:43 says, “So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD”.

Mark 8:18 Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?

God not only made the ears and eyes we hear and see with, He gave us the capacity to evaluate what we hear and see.

A question you might want to ask yourself and this goes to the very heart of where you will spend eternity is, “do I really believe that God made my eyes and ears and that He gave me the capacity to understand what I have seen and heard?”

For the Christian, acknowledging that God gives the capacity for truly hearing and seeing, understanding and obedience, is essential. The Christian prays for light when he reads the Bible. He or she pleads with God for understanding. He asks that his ears and his eyes as he hears himself or others read from scripture and he reads it himself be opened and ready to take in whatever it is that God is telling him. God made your eyes, Christian, to read His word and your ears to hear it and your mouth to speak it. There is no greater thing you can do with them, and after that being able to communicate God’s words to others to encourage, to edify, to lead them closer to Christ in either salvation or, for the believer, sanctification, to show His love for them through your love for them.

God not only made your body and gave it the capacity it has to function but He made your soul.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. 16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.

Think about the God who made you today and pray that your eyes see and your ears really do hear.

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