A New Year For The Ear & Heart

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Unless you are Jewish or have decided to make the days that are important to God also important to you, this day will go by unnoticed. 99% of the “world” recognizes New Years day on January 1st with much celebration. All those that follow the Torah Portions recognizes  the 1st of Tishri as the Jewish civil New Year and starting over at Genesis 1:1 in studying God’s Word. But today is the 1st of Nisan on the Jewish calendar and one day God said,

Exodus 12:1-3 Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household.

A little late in the book of Exodus, God tells us what the “name” of this month is saying,

Exodus 13:3-4 And Moses said to the people: “Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out of this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten. 4 On this day you are going out, in the month Abib

Screenshot_20200326-061636_Bible Concordance

Brown-Driver-Brigg’ Definition – 1. fresh, young barley ears, barley 2. month of ear-forming, of greening of crop, of growing green Abib, month of exodus and passover (March or April)

From these two definitions of Abib we see the focus of becoming tender, green, young and the forming of an ear. Many many times in God’s Word we hear phrases about having “ears to hear.” Those without such ears are rebuked while those who have such ears are told to pay attention to what God is speaking.

In Deuteronomy 29:4. Moses was rebuking the rebellious Israelites by saying, “But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.” He was not referring to physical hearing, but to those who may hear the commands of the Lord but who lacked comprehension and desire to act upon those words (Jeremiah 5:21; Ezekiel 12:2). Those who do not have “ears to hear” are spiritually dead and cannot obey God until they respond to His work in their hearts (John 6:65; Romans 11:8).

Many times in scripture Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” As in the parable of the seeds sown, Jesus wasn’t speaking of just “hearing.”

Matthew 13:18-23 – The Parable of the Sower Explained
18 “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

In this parable, Jesus says that a person that “has ears to hear” are compelled to act on that which they have heard. Not just say or think, “that was nice” and be forgotten.

God has established “feasts” that are important to Him and tells mankind to remember them in a way that focuses on their purpose. All of them were humongous events where God interceded in the lives of mankind’s ability to interact with God. Sadly in many Christian churches these days that God said were special to Him are not even mentioned when they come around.

Many Christians in the world may only go to church on Christmas and Easter. As a Catholic, we observed the Lenten season as a time of remembering God then put God back on a weekly check-in remembrance. This is not what God desires for our relationship with Him to amount to.

Until we have a heart to truly understand the compassion, mercy and grace God showed us on an individual level, by the bondage of sin He delivered us as an individual from, it’s kind of hard to really care about what is important to God.

If Jesus is to be our example remember that He observed ALL of God’s feasts, even the Feast of Dedication known as the Feast of Lights or Hanukkah. The Apostle Paul also made it a point to be in Jerusalem to observe the feasts that God said were important. They are God’s “moed- Appointed Times” but today many a pastor will tell you they are not important anymore.

God’s purpose in His feasts is to make our hearts tender to what He has done for us. If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. When He is near to us, if our heart is humble and contrite, green and tender towards Him, it can then Hear the Holy Spirit’s voice to be able follow God’s Will for our life.

I pray to all who read this post that your hearts and spiritual ears be tenderized by the Compassion, Mercy and Grace God has shown to us through Yeshua Jesus Christ who is “The Word” and through His Feasts which is a “picture” explanation of what He has done for us. Sometimes when I pray I ask God, “Lord if I’m hard of hearing what you want me to hear, please draw me a picture so that I get it and not miss it, Amen.” His Feasts ARE those pictures of what He has done for me, yes for me.

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