Whoever has ears…

Luke 8:1-15

As we move into chapter 8, Jesus will be speaking in parables quite a bit. In fact, some of the most familiar and beloved of His parables are found right here in Luke, yet sometimes they aren’t easy for us to understand. It is important for us to recognize that Jesus is doing this on purpose for as hard as it may be for us to understand, not everyone is His intended audience.

Does that surprise you?

Look at our text today which is Luke’s account of the Parable of the Sower, one of those familiar and beloved parables. Skip down to 8:8b… right there at the end…

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Does that mean that some don’t have ears to hear? In the next paragraph we find the answer to the question:

His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,

“‘though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.’ (8:9-10)

So there are people out there who will never “get it”. After this, Jesus explained the parable to the disciples (8:11-15) and guess what the point of the parable is…?

Some people will never really “get it”.

If I were an “old school” preacher, this is where I’d play the “us” and “them” card: Aren’t we wonderful, aren’t they nasty…

I am not however, and “old school” preacher. It’s just that for a variety of reasons a lot of people don’t want to hear about Jesus. Personally, I think this is a very sad situation, and I wish that everyone would accept His grace, but that isn’t the way of love. As strange as it may sound, God loves us so much, that He allows us to make our own decisions, even when it comes to whether or not we will follow Him. Of course there are always consequences to the decisions we make, and this will result in many not receiving grace at all; think about how much grief that must cause for God!

Even so, love never forces itself on anyone.

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About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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14 Responses to Whoever has ears…

  1. You’re bumping up on big questions of election and sovereignty here. I’m currently wrestling with that right now. Is salvation truly a choice? Or are there people to whom salvation is not available? This is one of the toughest issues to discern from Scripture, honestly far harder than eternal security.

    At least I can celebrate that I’m on board.

  2. This is so true. I sometimes wonder how someone can’t see the truth that I see, but they are so blinded from the truth that it can break your heart. We can only love them and pray over them that the blindfolds will be lifted and wonderfully so, sometimes they are.

  3. Jnana Hodson says:

    Oh, the delicious irony here, where Jesus is talking about hearing with something other than ears and seeing with something other than eyes! The power of parables, like that of the Zen koans, comes in their awakening us to a bigger picture, one that often seems irrational in common thought — one that can keep opening before us, if we’re attentive. For starters, we Quakers sometimes speak of “listening in tongues,” although maybe just the metaphorical heart will do just as well.

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  5. Mel Wild says:

    Jesus’ statement about hearing and seeing remind me of Prov.4:23, and why the issues of the heart are so important. When our heart is open, it seems that seeing and hearing is possible. Jesus only, and always, explained His parables to those who bothered to ask Him. Again, it seems if you have a desire to know then you’re one of the ones who were “given the knowledge of the secrets…”

    In my thinking, it really is about the freedom of love in giving an invitation to relationship, rather than a forced pre-determined marriage.

  6. BTW Don I have fallen so behind I have 2 serial posts going on these last 11, I think it is.

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