THAT HATH EARS TO
LET HIM HEAR." This Is Appendix 142 From The Companion Bible.
|These words were never used by mortal man. They were heard only from the lips of Him Who spoke with Divine Authority (Matthew 7:29); and on earth only on seven distinct occasions, in order to emphasize and call attention to the utterance He had just made. This is an important example of the Figure Polyptoton (Appendix 6), the repetition of the same verb in a different inflection, by which great emphasis is put upon the injunction here given. See Appendix 6, and notes on Genesis 2:17 and 26:28. The seven (Appendix 10) occasions are thus marked out for our special attention, as being what was said to ears which God had opened. 1. The first is in Luke 8:8, at the close of the first giving of the Parable of the Sower, before the formal calling and mission of the Twelve Apostles, which took place and is recorded in chapter 9:1-6. This parable was repeated on a later occasion, when it was needed to complete the setting of the eight parables which are grouped together in Matthew 13 (see Appendix 145). In this case it refers to the sowing of the good seed of the Kingdom; that is to say, its proclamation by Jehovah's servants, John the Baptist and the Lord (as further explained in the Parable of the Marriage Feast in Matthew 22:1-7). See Appendix 140. II. 2. The second occasion is recorded in Matthew 11:15, after the calling and mission of the Twelve, when we are bidden to give earnest heed to the important mission of John the Baptist, and to understand that had the people repented at his proclamation he would have been reckoned as Elijah the prophet (Malachi 4:5), in whose "spirit and power" he was to come. This was declared before his birth, in Luke 1:17. When the Lord's disciples asked Him "Why then say the scribes that Elijah must first come?" Jesus answered and said unto them, "Elijah truly (Greek men, that is to say, on the one hand) shall first come, and restore all things. But (Greek de, that is to say, on the other hand) I say unto you, That Elijah is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall the Son of man also suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that He spake unto them of John the Baptist" (Matthew 17:10-13). To "understand" this, it required the opened ear. Hence (Matthew 11:14) the Lord's words, "If ye will receive (him), this is Elijah who was about to come".||
Had the nation repented,
the real Elijah would indeed have come and effected
"the restoration of all things,
which God had spoken by the mouth of
all His holy prophets from of old"
The nation did not repent;
still awaits its literal fulfilment,
and they "who have ears to hear"
3. The third occasion
of the utterance of this solemn exhortation
was when the Lord,
after the Mission of the Twelve,
repeated the Parable of the Sower
which He had spoken by itself
before the Mission of the Twelve
but which He then united with seven others,
to make one complete whole,
revealing the coming change of dispensation.
In this setting the Lord twice declared
"He that hath ears to hear,
let him hear":
once at the end of the Parable of the Sower
4. And again
(the fourth occasion) in verse
at the end of the interpretation
of the Parable of the Tares.
Both these parables required and
still require the opened ear in
order to understand their
5. The fifth
occasion is recorded in Mark
after the application
of the illustration of the
Lamp put under a measure,
when the utterance is repeated
to emphasize the fact that the
Lord was revealing things which
had been hitherto hidden,
concerning the secrets of
the Kingdom of heaven.
6. The sixth
occasion is in Mark also
and here it is used in another connection,
but with the same solemn emphasis,
in order to call attention to the important truth,
prefaced by the words preceding it,
"Hearken unto Me everyone of you,
There is nothing from without a man,
that entering into him can defile him:
but the things which come out of him,
those are they that defile the man.
If any man have ears to hear,
let him hear" (Mark
7. The seventh
occasion is recorded in Luke
and is connected with true discipleship,
and counting its cost.
Great multitudes were following Him (verse
and publicans and sinners
were drawing near to hear Him.
But not all received what they heard.
These the Lord likened unto
salt which had lost its savour,
which was neither fit for the
land nor yet for the dunghill;
but men cast it out.
"He that hath ears to hear,
let him hear" (Luke
This was the last occasion on earth. For the eight occasions after His ascension, see Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9.