Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Circumcised Ears [and earbuds]
God tells us [through the inspired endorsement of the synecdochal LXX quote in Heb 10.5-7] that if we want to think about our bodies being prepared for service to God, the one part of our body God uses to describe that willing servant-like body to be used for the purposes of King Jesus, - the one thing is hearing ears, ears that have been circumcised ears, ears that have been 'dug open' [Ps 40.6] and hear the will of the Father...
God says that to do the will of the Father, it requires your body. And particularly, it requires your ears: the ability to listen... because hearing is a way of submitting to things. We've got a whole new world now where sounds are no longer a reminder of our need to submit to the created order in a way that our sight is. Now through earbuds, we can control the world of our hearing. That is momentous in the history of the world. It can be a powerful device for good, but it can be a horrific, powerful device for evil as well, because hearing reminds us of our submission to what is around us. Seeing is not that way - we gaze, we apprehend, we rule. So ... be careful with your ipod! That's what I'm saying!
- Dennis Tuuri, Sermon 'Listen' on Psalm 40