Luke 8:18 “Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.”
Take heed how ye hear.
I believe the one thing that God requires to save a soul….is honesty.
He will justify the worst sinner…but not in their sin. We are to come to Christ….just as we are….to be saved (not from Hell, but from our sin. Matthew 1:21)
He justifies them, by deliverance from their sin.
And there can be no justification without obedience.
Realm 103:20 “Bless the Lord, ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His Word.”
The voice of His Word. Here He speaks clearly….His revelation to us, is the Word of the Creator…to His creatures.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
Man, under the sun….natural man….yet God’s Word to every man….
….Fear God and keep HIs commandments. This is the whole duty of man.
After the flood, where every man was destroyed….who was not found in the Ark God had Noah build….”eight souls” were saved.
( And Noah preached the coming destruction for the years the Ark was building…so every man was without excuse.)
When Noah stepped out on a clean earth….he built an altar.
Genesis 8:20-21 “And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
And the Lord smelled a sweet savor; and the Lord said in His heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”
God said, I will not do this again that I have done….for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth.
But this thing I will do…
Genesis 8:22 “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”
In other words, look to the natural order of things….the seasons, day and night.
All things will continue until the End.
(But we hear everyday, that things tell us….in the natural order of things….that there must be a New order soon. 2 Peter 3:10-13
Romans 8:22 “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.”)
God did speak…..God will certainly speak…..
….and God speaks now, to all that will hear.
Yet it is how we hear that must be considered.
Take heed how ye hear. To hear aright, requires obedience.
The truth heard, has to be taken into our lives….and it has to be lived.
(Otherwise, it might be good advice….it might be good doctrine, even….
….but Truth to have any effect must be followed,…..obeyed…..lived.
Those that heard Noah….I am sure some scoffed, some mocked or threatened him for preaching such things…
….but others just probably felt sorry for this “crazy” old man. Shaking their heads….quite confident that nothing will change.
But how wrong they were….every man, woman, and child (and yes, every parent was responsible for their child)…drown in the deluge from their sins….
….because they refused the Word of the Lord,….and refuge in His Ark of salvation.)
Take heed how ye hear.
We must first bow as creature to the Creator to His Word.
(He can do what He will with HIs Own.)
Then as His servant, we must stand with Him, and “hold out the Word of Life”….to all He sends us to.
Then we are to walk with Him…..in Him, and He in us…..in union with….as sons of God, Our Father…..through this world….by HIs Word.
He speaks to us, if we will but hear.
The Path before us is clearly marked….again by His Word.
Our duties are plain as to what we are do to….
…..and to take heed, and hear aright, is to do them as we ought.
Isaiah 30:21 “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.”