Or so it seems. It sounds so careless and aloof when he says “he who has ears, let him hear.”
I thought Jesus was full of mercy and compassion. I really thought he was driven by his compassion for those who are lost without direction for their lives.
But then I read the words “he who has ears to hear, let him hear.” This makes me wonder about his level of compassion. His words seem like an insensitive statement: “take it or leave it.” Several times during his teaching on crucial matters he says these words.
Jesus clearly realized that everyone will not accept his words. He wasn’t pushy about making people accept his teachings. They were to be accepted only by those whose hearts moved them. That’s why he said “he who has ears to hear let him hear. “
Although he wasn’t pushy, he was demanding (for those who accepted and followed). Jesus gave forgiveness of sins freely to those who believed in him. Yet he demanded total obedience. This was clearly not for everyone.
It’s only for those who have “ears to hear.”
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