Wednesday, June 19, 2013

To those with itching ears...

"For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths." (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

Itching ears...an itch must be scratched, right? Have you ever had an itch and tried not to scratch, just to see how long you can go? LOL, I do that. I can't go very long in resisting it. If it is at a hard to reach place like the middle of my back I go find the screwdriver or the scissors and get back there and scratch it. It feels so good to get that itch satisfied!

Have you ever heard the phrase, "I've got an itch to..."? Like, 'I've got an itch to drive to town and get some ice cream.' In this sense, itch means to have a persistent, restless craving. For the ungodly whose ears itch, they have restless cravings that must be satisfied- but never are. Only the Lord satisfies. We feel full after a good meal of the word. A believer's ears don't itch.

Joel Osteen's crowd stays large because though their ears were satisfied on Sunday with the feel good message, it didn't satisfy the itch because it didn't reach a regenerated heart. So they go back there and try to get it scratched again....and again...and again.

They're listening to the wrong message from the wrong person at the wrong place.

"You have neither listened nor inclined your ears to hear, although the Lord persistently sent to you all his servants the prophets," (Jeremiah 25:4).

May your ears never itch!

The antidote for ensuring we do not wander off into myths and have our ears become consumed with itching, is what Paul said in the verse immediately prior to the itching ears one.

"preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching." (2 Timothy 3:2)

Study the word, preach the word, and be ready at all times, in season and out of season. That's the antitdote!

2 comments:

  1. Hallelujah. Amen

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    1. Good one, Elizabeth! What a great way of explaining this! I really do feel full after a good meal of the word. Thanks for this.

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