Then Yahushua began to speak, and He taught them saying: Matthew 5:2
Most people would be anxious to get to the meat of Yahushua’ teaching, but let’s not skip too quickly over this introductory phrase, Yahushua began to speak. Remember that the Bible begins with God speaking creation into existence. Oh, the power of words! Christians are people who see with their ears. The more closely we listen the more clearly we see.
Consider Green Bank, West Virginia. It sits within the strange place known as “The National Radio Quiet Zone.” Some of the most sensitive sound detecting instruments in the world are found there. People who live there lead quiet lives. They avoid honking, playing loud music and riding on noisy motorcycles because the main business in Green Bank, West Virginia, is listening for sounds and secrets that come from beyond the Milky Way. They listen to discover if we are alone. They listen to hear a voice.
Yahushua would one day say to His audience,
But blessed are your ears, for they hear. Many prophets and righteous people longed to hear what you hear, but did not hear it. (Matt.13:16-7)
Because Yahushua speaks, the poor hear good news, prisoners are set free, the eyes of the blind are opened, the lame walk, the deaf hear. Because Yahushua speaks, the hungry are fed, the thirsty are satisfied, the demons take flight, the tombs are opened, and the dead come to life again. It is no small thing to say that Yahushua began to speak.
Young Grayson Clamp was born without the nerve that connects his ear to his brain stem. But then Grayson was fitted with a device that allowed him to hear. When he heard his father’s voice for the first time, Grayson’s enormous eyes darted between mother and father. And his father’s first words were, “Grayson, Daddy loves you.” Of course, just because he heard the sound doesn’t mean he understood the meaning of the words. Meaning comes with practice and experience. Even so, for Grayson Clamp a vast new world had opened.
Don’t skip over these words, Yahushua began to speak. It takes a lifetime to understand what Yahushua means, but with practice and experience we find ourselves in a vast and incalculably glorious new world that explodes with life. So make yourself like a resident of Green Bank, West Virginia, a quiet person who listens to Yahushua to hear the secrets of creation, to know that you are not alone, and to see the glory of God displayed in everyday life.
QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER REFLECTION: Where do there tend to be a lot of noisy distractions in your life? In what ways does this interfere with your ability to hear Yahushua? What do you think it costs you to be so full of the world’s noise that you can’t hear Yahushua calling?
Loving God, the world we live in is so interconnected. If a dog barks in Beijing, they hear it instantly in Boston. And yet the price we pay for hearing so much from so many is that we hear so little from you. The answer is not to go back, but rather to go forward with you in a new way. Teach us new habits of listening so that your Word doesn’t get lost in our world. In the name of Yahushua!