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Are You Listening?

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Hearing and listening are two different things processed by the same ear. Jesus challenges His hearers to listen with the intent of obeying and doing, not just hearing the noise.

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Introduction:

Mark 4
Mark 4:9 NASB95
And He was saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Jesus’ admonition is repeated 8 times, John repeats it 8 times in Revelation. This means that it it important.

Listen to this! vs. 3

Jesus tells a story where He compares ears (hearts) to soils:
hardened soil and completely unreceptive
rocky soil in which seed goes in one ear and out the other
overgrown with weeds where the seed is overcrowded and choked out
soil is just right and receptive for the word
Same seed and same Sower, just different hearts (ears)
In Jesus speaks of different kinds of soils. What do these soils represent? And, who controls the type of soil the seed sown in?

Scriptures places a premium on hearing

Hear, o Israel ()
What is the prayer in called?
People stood to hear the Word of God ()
Blessed is the man who listens to me ()
Listen like sheep ()
Jesus knocks, and if anyone hears His voice… ()
He who has an ear, let him hear ()

Selective hearing

Most people practice selective hearing. We hear what we want to hear.
Pilate practiced selective hearing
He spoke with Jesus
His wife told him the truth about Jesus
Yet he chose to listen to the mob ().
What did Pilate’s wife see in her dream? ()
Why do you think Pilate chose to listen to the mob instead of his wife and Jesus? (, )
Why do you think Pilate chose to listen to the mob instead of his wife and Jesus? (, )
: Since Pilate refused to hear, he also refused to lay a foundation for faith.
: Since Pilate refused to hear, he also refused to lay a foundation for faith.
Why do you think that faith comes by hearing? Also, if faith comes by hearing, why do you think that Paul specified what we needed to hear?

Just Like Jesus - Two Essentials

Prayer: Spend time with Jesus in the Gospels (; )
Scripture reading: () Jesus battled the Devil by knowing and relying on Scripture
1 Thessalonians 5:17 NASB95
pray without ceasing;
Psalm 119:97 NASB95
O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.

Surrogate Spirituality

Sometimes we want others to study, pray and do the spiritual work for us
Vacations?
Romance?
Food?

Relationship with God is personal and no one can do it for you or for me.

Are you Listening?

Regular time and place (; ; )
Open your Bible (; )
Open your heart (; )
Read . List three take-away truths from Jesus’ story of the sower.
In what way(s) might God accuse religious people in general of having “selective hearing?”
There was never anyone busier than Jesus. There was no one ever who had more demands upon His time than Jesus. Yet somehow He made time for prayer. In light of Matthew 14:23; , and , how was Jesus able to prioritize?
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