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Ears to hear

Acts 2:5-7

  “And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, ‘Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?'”

This passage is taken from the story of the day of Pentecost just after the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit. What I would like to point out is that even though speaking in tongues is supernatural to be sure, the real miracle here is in the hearing. It is in the hearing because each person who heard physically heard the same thing, but their mind interpreted what they heard through the filters of their hearts so that they understood it in their own language. They were each blessed in the way they needed to be personally. We find the same Holy Spirit working the same way today in both the interpretation of tongues as well as prophecy and the word of God. This means that when you are in a room with someone (even yourself alone) and tongues are spoken, if your heart is ready to receive, you will receive the interpretation of the tongues. This is imperative to understand because we tend to think the responsibility is on the speaker. The Word says that the natural man can understand tongues (1 Corinthians 14:14) so it is the spirit of the man that receives the interpretation- not the ears. Then what is spoken out by the one who has heard is pure and without the influence of his own natural mind. This is the perfect speech of God- the perfect word of God. 

    Further, we find the same thing when we read the Word of God aloud or when we hear a preacher speaking the word of God. We can hear exactly what someone else hears physically, yet we will understand what we hear entirely differently, and it will, consequently, hold a different meaning for us. The two most important lessons to learn here are that first, hearing with the ears and receiving with the heart are two sometimes very different things, and two that it is the willing heart that will supernaturally “hear” what God is speaking to it personally. 

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