He who has ears

This week has gone well so far. Sorry about the lack of content for a week. I had an excuse: I was seeing friends around the country and also attending a stag do for a couple who are getting married next week (It’s very exciting).

But I got back on sunday and haven’t bothered to post anything new, which for all three of my readers is obviously devastating.

This week I have been having a great time at a local conference about the arts and worship. People far more creative than I have been exploring together how music, drama, art and dance can express the story of God. Yesterday was my favourite: Art.

I’ve posted a drawing I did some time ago here.

This new piece emerges from my reflections on Jesus’ parable of the seeds. There is a great deal of insight contained in that story, but the phrase which caught my eye comes as some sort of a punchline:

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:9)

Mysterious words. Riddles. What could that mean? Enjoy the picture, post a comment I’d love to hear from all three of you. Oh, and apologies for the poor quality image. I had to use my phone camera.

So, what does Jesus mean? ‘Let he who has ears to hear, let him hear’

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  1. Very nice. Lovely ‘widescreen’ treatment; with good contrast between the colour of the field, and both the style and the colourlessness of the figure.

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  2. I just wanted to share that the artwork is a great reflection on the verse you quoted. As you, I’m not sure I totally understand what He meant by this statement. Although, I have heard it explained that not everyone who hears actually listens or is paying attention to what is being said. So maybe it’s more than “let him hear”, but more “let him listen”.

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  3. Ben: I used a charcoal pencil and some pastils. I stay away from paint because the vast amount of empty space intimidates me. I prefer to add to the white canvas than to totally dominate it. Perhaps that’s because I’m not very confident with drawing.

    LeAnn: Does Jesus mean to say everyone within earshot? Or is he hinting that there will be those who will not be given the ability to understand him? I ought to explore any more occurrences of that phrase to investigate it’s meaning. Maybe it’s an OT reference.

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  4. I know where you’re coming from, there. What you’re going for works quite well, in this instance. 😉

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  5. I like the color and contrast best. And what a fun idea, creating art to illustrate verses and such! I’ll have to try it out sometime.

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  6. ‘Let he who has ears to hear, let him hear’

    This is repeated so many times in the NT, I think it must be important!

    Personally, the basic, foundation level of meaning has to be:

    “Don’t ignore the words of Jesus / the words of God”

    There are probably a lot of people that will read a lot more into it, maybe rightly, maybe wrongly, but in essence, that works for me.

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