들을 귀  Listening Ears

Hyunhee-Chang2

 

기억을 더듬어   있는 곳에  일이 있었다시간 약속이 되었던차라 길을 잃지 않으려고 네비게이션을켜고 안내를 따라 고속도로를 탔다기억대로라면 바로  출구에서 빠져나가 좌회전하고 우회전하면 목적지에 도착하는데네비게이션은 2마일이나  고속도로를 달려 로컬 길로 나가라고 안내하는 것이었다네비게이션에 분명 문제가 있다고 생각하고  기억대로  출구에서 빠져나가 좌회전하고 우회전하려고 하니공사로 길을 막아놓은게아닌가?  네비게이션이 이미 공사 사실을  알고 가장 빠른 길로 안내했던 것이다네비게이션을 따라   후회하며약속 시간보다 20 이상 늦게 목적지에 도착했다네비게이션을 잠잠히 따라가지 않은 자신이 한심했다남의 말듣는 것이 손해보는 것도 아니고남보다  났다는 것을 인정하는 것도 아니다문제 투성이이고 고집으로 담을 싼내 경험 이성 판단 세계 안에 빠져 살기 때문에첨단 기술의 안내조차 무시하는 나를 보았다 안에 늙고 둔하여 경고를  받을  모르는 어리섞은 왕이 있는 것이다( 4:13).

               

엘리 제사장이 나와 같은 사람이었다엘리의  아들은 오늘날로 말하면 금수저를 물고 태어나 아버지의 권세를 이용하여 못된 짓을 일삼았다예배 드리는 일을 섬겨야할 이들이 하나님께 드릴 예물을 빼돌리거나 교회를 섬기는 여성들을 겁탈하는 일까지 일삼는 무법자였다사람들이 참다 못해 아버지 엘리에게 고발했다하나님께서 그에게  아들이 같은 날에 죽을 것이라고 경고했다(삼상 2:34). 엘리는 아들들이 저지른 끔찍한 짓을 고발하는 사람들의 목소리를 무시했고 하나님의 엄중한 경고조차 듣지 않았다이런 엘리에 대해 하나님이 뭐라 말씀하셨는가?“내가 엘리의 집안을 영원히 심판하겠다고 말한 것은 엘리가 자기 아들들이 스스로 벌을 청하는 것을 알면서도 그것을 막지 않았기 때문이다” (삼상 3:13)  엘리가 자기 세계에만 빠져 남의 말도 하나님의 경고조차 듣지 않은 결과,이스라엘의 예배가 망가졌고여호와의 언약궤를 빼앗겼고 아들이 죽고 소식을 듣고 엘리도 죽었다영광스런 제사장 가문이  순간에 몰락했다.

 

     듣기 싫어도 들어야 하는 소리가 있다예수님은 제자들에게 씨뿌리는 자의 비유를 들어 들을  있는사람이 되라고 하셨다‘들을 귀’란 하나님의 말씀을 듣고자하는 마음이며이해할  있는 능력이며믿고 따르는 의지까지 포함한다귀가 정상이다고 해서 자동적으로 들을 귀가 되는 것이 아니다.  예수께서 말씀하시길 염려 때문에듣지 못하는 사람은 가시떨기에 뿌려진 씨와 같고자기 욕심 때문에 듣지 못하는 사람은 돌밭에 뿌려진 씨와 같고,이런 자기 세계로 똘똘 뭉쳐 절대 듣지 않는 사람은 길가에 뿌려진 씨와 같다남의 말이라고 하면 듣기 싫어하는 고집이  속에 진을 치고 있기 때문에들으려해야하고  들으려 해야한다듣는 훈련이 듣는 태도가 되고 점점 들을귀 있는 자가 되어가는 것이다들을 귀로 하나님의 말씀이 들려오고 깨달아진다 말씀이 달고 오모한 말씀이 되어  마음부터 변화시키고생각하는 능력을 변화시키고자식과 남편을 바라보는 눈을 변화시키고세상을 바라보는 시각인식의 페러다임을 변화시키고이런 변화가 삶을 비옥하게 하고 풍성케 한다예수님은 이를 30 60100 맺는 열매라고 하시고 제자들에게 외치셨다“들을  있는 자는 들어라! ( 8:8)

 

Ears to Hear

 

There was a time when I got lost in the middle of driving. I turned on the navigation right away to figure out the route. I really didn’t want to be late on the schedule. I got on the highway as navigation directed. As I was driving I knew that I should be taking the next exit, but the navigation was telling me to take the exit two miles ahead. I ignored the navigation thinking it has some issues, and went with my guts. They I ran into a construction zone. The navigation didn’t have any issues, it just had been updated with the new construction zone that I wasn’t aware of. I was twenty minutes late on my schedule. I felt foolish for not listening to the navigation. Listening to others doesn’t cost anything, or it doesn’t mean that they are better than you. Because I was living in my own world built from the ignorance and stubbornness based on my experience, I ignored the navigation built from high technology. There is an old foolish king inside of me who is very dull to the warnings.  (Ecc 4:13) Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished. 

 

Priest Eli was somewhat like me. The two sons of Eli were born rich, and used their dad’s power and authority to do awful things. The two sons were the outlaws who stole from the people at church and raped women. People told Eli about his two sons’ miserable actions, but he ignored. God warned Eli that his two sons will die on the same day. (1sa 2:34) Eli ignored the poor people’s voice and God’s warning. God has told Eli “for I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.” (1sa 3:13) Eli was in his own world, ignoring all the people and God. As consequence, the worship in Israel had been destroyed, ark of God had been taken away, lost two sons, and Eli died from the news that his sons died. Glorious priest family had been collapsed just like that.

 

There are words that you don’t want to listen but you need to. Jesus told his disciples to be the one who has ears to hear as talking about the Parable of the Soils. ‘Ears to hear’ includes listening, understand, and following God’s words. Just because the ear functions normal, it doesn’t mean that you have the ‘ears to hear’.

 

Jesus says that a person, who doesn’t have ears to hear due to worries, is like the seed on the thorn. A person who doesn’t have the ears to hear due to greed is like the seed on rocks. And lastly the self-centered person is like the seed on the path.

Because stubbornness had built the fences around my heart, I always need to try and try more to listen to the others. When you train to listen, it affects the attitude which leads to the ‘ears to hear’. The ‘ears to hear’ allow you to understand God. The words of God will change your heart and your attitude. It will change your attitudes towards your children and husband, view of the world, and the paradigm of realization. These changes will make your life more rich and plentiful. Jesus called this the 30, 60, 100 fold and told his disciples, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” (Luke 8:8)
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