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Listening in Luke


Most people tend to be “hard of listening” rather than “hard of hearing.”  1

Today, I’ve been spending time listening with childlike faith to what He has to say to me through these words:

In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years.  Luke 1:5-7

Just so you know:
According to JB Jackson’s Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names

Herod means heroic 2

Zacharias means remembered by Jehovah
Abijah means my father is Jah [used in the sense of Victor]
Elizabeth means God of the Oath
Aaron means light bringer

What I heard:
The day you asked me to become King of your life, I dethroned Herod [see footnote above].  I began to strip you of your natural strength and abilities so that you would learn to walk by faith.  A faith walk looks like this:  I say something will be and it is, in my way, in my time. The eye of faith is not a seeing eye but a believing eye.  I know you have have had some problems with your “eyesight”; the process of brokenness can sometimes take us to a place of doubt and questioning.   But now I want you to look closely at the meaning of the names of God’s chosen people in this passage.  Each person’s identity is embodied in my promises.  They all refer to an attribute of  Me…Who I am, What I will do.  Like Zacharias and Elizabeth, you have been a faithful follower for a very long time–almost half of your living years– but there are still pockets of barrenness in your life.  By now, you are looking more at the impossibility of change than at my promises—for you, too, are advanced in years without seeing fruit in certain areas.  But I am not concerned with measurement of time in the sense that man is. My interest lies in spiritual growth, and I have an eternity to accomplish that within you.  Keep listening and keep believing!

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  1. Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear. If you are not hearing-impaired, hearing simply happens. Listening, however, is something you consciously choose to do. Listening requires concentration so that your brain processes meaning from words and sentences. Listening leads to learning.—-University of Minnesota Deluth Handbook
  2. one who is admired for their great strength or ability–Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  • Jen - This is beautiful. I never really thought about the names of biblical people being of such importance. Thank you for this beautiful application of scripture.ReplyCancel

    • Debi - Jen…
      I’m so glad you’ve now been introduced to the thought that Biblical names of people and places can sometimes be used by the Holy Spirit to speak to us. Isn’t God awesome?ReplyCancel

  • Glenda Childers - Good listening.

    Fondly,
    GlendaReplyCancel

    • Debi - Hi Glenda!
      I love seeing new faces here! I hope to see you often…now am off to visit you :) ReplyCancel

  • Jenna - “Hard of listening” – interesting thought, and very true. How often do I take the time to read the Word, but do not take the time to listen to what it is saying.ReplyCancel

    • Debi - Taking the time to listen makes all the difference, huh?ReplyCancel

  • Mimi - How true and thought provoking. I, for one, can identify with being “hard of listening”. Thank you for the reminder. As you said, Debi, it makes all the difference.ReplyCancel

    • Debi - Hi Mom :)
      I really liked thinking about the difference between hearing and listening too!
      love you….ReplyCancel

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