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Hearing the Word of God


Besides normal listening, hearing the word of God can imply several meanings:

1. A deep understanding of what one speaks: When the disciples asked Jesus why he was speaking to the public in parables he answered quoting Isaiah, “they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand” (Mt 13:13). They ignored what Jesus taught because their interest was in witnessing the miracles he worked and obtaining favors from him, or they came with a negative attitude.

2. To attend favorably or obey: When God hears the prayer of the faithful, He helps them. “The righteous cry out, the LORD hears, and he rescues them from all their afflictions” (Ps 34:18). But people were not honoring the teachings of the prophets or of Jesus. “Oh, that today you would hear his voice: Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as on the day of Massah in the desert” (Ps 95:7-8).

Listening to and obeying the Word of God is essential to inheriting eternal life. Jesus taught, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand” (Jn 10:27-28).

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