Holy Listening

All over the world in prayer, the Children of Israel are saying:

 

Sh’ma Israel Adonai elohenu Adonai echad

 

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.” (Deuteronomy 6:4 NIV)

 

Colloquially known as the Shema, this ancient prayer begins with the instruction to Israel (and us) to ‘listen’. The word translated as hear is better understood as ‘listen’. Listen O Israel. Implicit in the word listen is the idea that to hear is to obey. I discovered an illustration of this in Afrikaans: the word ‘obedience’ is translated into Afrikaans as ‘gehoorsaamheid’, ‘hoor’ being the word for hearing.

 

Listening to Him opens us to God’s heart in all things. Holy listening. Which means we need to be quiet and listen.

 

Psalm 46:10 – “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”” (NIV)

 

Resource material: www.hebrew4christians.com

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