Listening (2)

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People are called upon to listen attentively to God’s word, to his Son and also to words of wisdom. Christians must not only listen to God’s word but also put it into practice. Those who refuse to listen to God’s word or to correction are condemned.

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The importance of listening

To God’s word and his spokesmen

1 Samuel 3:10 HCSB
10 The Lord came, stood there, and called as before, “Samuel, Samuel!” Samuel responded, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.”
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To Jesus Christ

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To words of wisdom

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Believers should not listen to false prophets or ungodly suggestions

Jeremiah 23:16 HCSB
16 This is what the Lord of Hosts says: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They are making you worthless. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the Lord’s mouth.
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The wicked refuse to listen to God

Ezekiel 3:7 HCSB
7 But the house of Israel will not want to listen to you because they do not want to listen to Me. For the whole house of Israel is hardheaded and hardhearted.
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It is a particular emphasis of the prophecy of Jeremiah that the people have refused to listen to God’s voice:

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Those who refuse to listen to correction are condemned

Matthew 18:15–17 HCSB
15 “If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. 17 If he pays no attention to them, tell the church. But if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you.

God’s people must not only listen to God’s word but also put it into practice

; In Hebrew and Greek the verb “listen” is related by the verb “to obey”.
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Examples of people listening

Sarah at the tent entrance; Rebekah to Isaac; Samuel to God; a son to instruction; Jesus Christ to the teachers of the law

The crowds to Jesus Christ:

Mary to Jesus Christ

People to the apostles:

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