The Ears of God

Anthropomorphism! Trust me, it is not a word that is a part of my regular vocabulary. This term describes the act of attributing human characteristics to something that is not human. For example, Proverbs 1:20 says, “Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice.” Notice that wisdom is described as a “she” when the word itself is neither masculine nor feminine; but Solomon attributes the human characteristic of gender to this non-human word.

More notably would be the use of anthropomorphism when it comes to God. Since the Lord is Spirit (John 4:24), He does not possess the human qualities of the fleshly body. However, the scriptures often attach human elements to God so that we can comprehend Him more easily. God is said to have a nose that can smell the sweet aroma our worship produces for Him (2Corinthians 2:15). He has legs that allow us to walk beside him in a faithful relationship (Genesis 5:24, 1John 1:7). He has eyes that can see over the activities of the entire earth (Proverbs 15:3). He has a face, that is said turn away from those that do evil (Psalm 34:16).

The Bible also says the Lord has ears. Can you imagine what it would be like, just for a few seconds, to obtain the unlimited hearing ability of God? I’m sure it would overpower our physical being! We could hear stars exploding in other galaxies billions of light years away. We could listen to the thoughts of every angel that inhabits heaven. We could hear the conversations of the innumerable souls that have passed on from this life into paradise. There are unfathomable amounts of sounds that enter in the ears of God, throughout our universe and beyond. However, what does God hear on earth? What sounds do His ears embrace as He listens over the activities of humanity? God hears the righteous (Isaiah 59:1-2).

More specifically, he hears two things concerning the righteous. First, he hears our injustice. When God approached Cain and asked where his brother was, Cain tried to play innocent about murdering him. However, God knew exactly what happened, because He could hear with His ears, “What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground” (Genesis 4:10). Though Cain tried to cover it with dirt, Abel’s blood was shouting to God from the earth “INJUSTICE!” God is able to hear when the righteous suffer from unrighteousness, when the just are impaled by injustice. He knows the sound of our blood soaking into the ground, tears rolling down our cheeks and sighs of pain exhaling from our lungs. How overwhelming would it be to hear every cry of the millions of babies that are aborted in our country? Yet, God hears every one of those innocent cries as they shout “INJUSTICE!”

Furthermore, this leads into the second point; which is that God listens to the prayers of the righteous (1Peter 3:12). We can be confident that the Lord’s ears are not dull that He cannot hear (Isaiah 59:1). Our God listens to every shout for praise and every plea for help that we entreat Him with. This fact is not to be taken for granted, as we can sometimes doubt whether our prayers are being received. Make no mistake that God hears every injustice we suffer and every prayer we cry to Him about those injustices. Praise the Lord, for He has eyes that see us, legs that walk with us, and ears that hear every sound of pain and prayer from His righteous children.

 

What to expect

We in churches of Christ take seriously the Lord’s words in John 4:24: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The word of God, and specifically, the New Testament of Jesus Christ (Heb. 8:6-13), is our standard of truth for acceptable worship (John 17:17). God has not left it up to us to do as whatever we please when we approach him; through the inspired apostles of Christ he has directed the church in the manner in which we are to worship him. Our goal is to do as the early church, which “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).This makes our worship distinctive from what most are accustomed to seeing in other churches.

Because we are committed to following the God-given, apostolic pattern for worship, we praise God in song, “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Col. 3:16). Our singing is not accompanied by a piano or band or other forms of instrumental music because we do not find authority for these additions in the New Testament. We learn from God’s word the church is to sing (Eph. 5:19), and we do not add to what God has instructed us to do or go beyond the authority of his word (1 Cor. 4:6; Rev. 22:18-19). While most visitors find our a cappella singing unusual, they also find the four part harmonies beautiful and edifying.

We learn from apostolic example and instruction to the early church that God’s people are to observe the Lord’s supper when they meet every first day of the week (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:23-29), and so each Sunday we partake of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine in remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ. Also, our members give into a collection for the work of God’s kingdom in accordance with the teaching of God’s word (1 Cor. 16:1-2).

In our worship assembly we also offer prayer to our Heavenly Father in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and listen to the preaching of the life-changing, soul saving gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16). Our preaching is Bible-based, for we are to “speak as the oracles of God,” (1 Pet. 4:11). We are committed to exalting God by teaching and preaching “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) and citing book, chapter and verse as we exalt God and focus on hearing his will for our lives revealed in the scriptures.

You will also find a warm welcome from friendly folks who want to help you understand God’s will for your life and his plan for your salvation so that you can be sure you are saved by his grace and have the hope of eternal life. We hope you can attend one of our worship assemblies or Bible classes soon. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

“The churches of Christ greet you”

Those are the words of Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, and we in the Roanoke Church of Christ echo that same sentiment to you today. But perhaps you’re wondering: Who or what are the churches of Christ? We hope the following will help answer that question:

Before the world ever began, God had a plan for you. That plan is revealed in the Bible and includes his church. The Bible tells us the church is part of the “eternal purpose” of God for every one of us that was made possible through Jesus Christ (Eph. 3:10-11). But there is a great deal of misunderstanding about the importance and identity of that church.

It was Jesus who said to his disciples, “I will build my church” (Mt. 16:18). The Lord kept that promise; he built his church and it exists today. The word of God tells us the church is called “the body of Christ” (Eph. 1:22-23) and that there is “one body…one Lord, one faith” (Eph. 4:4-6). There are no denominations in the Bible, yet when we look around today we see so many different churches, different faiths, different teachings. All of this religious contradiction can be confusing.

But if set aside the denominations, doctrines and traditions of men and simply go back to the Bible, we can belong to the church that Jesus built—the Lord’s church that is a part of God’s eternal plan to redeem us and bring us to heaven through his Son. If we follow the New Testament of Christ and do today what they did then, we can be today what they were then—simply Christians (Acts 11:26). Nothing more, nothing less—just Christians. Not members of any denomination, but members of Jesus’ church we read about in the Bible.

We in the churches of Christ are striving to be faithful to the authority of God’s word and abide by the pattern he has given us for his church (Acts 2:42; 2 Tim. 1:13). We kindly invite you to join us in going back to the Bible to be Christians only, a part of the Lord’s family, the church which he died to save with his blood (Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:23-25). Please let us know if you would like to study the Bible to learn more about the Lord’s church and his plan for our salvation.

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