The Listening Ear

In the Hebrew Sacred Writings stress is laid upon the idea that true hearing requires both understanding and obedience. Such is the meaning of the phrase, "Let him that hath ears to hear, hear." One of the three precious jewels of a Fellow Craft Mason is the "Listening Ear." Thus he is admonished not only to receive lessons of instructions from his teacher, but that he should treasure them in his breast, so as to ponder over their meaning and carry out their design. Divine requirements for true hearing which involve understanding and obedience can be found in the Holy Scriptures here… — ( Matthew 11:15 - Matthew 13:15-18 - Mark 8:18 - Revelations 2:7,11,29 )

Biblical References

Matthew 11:15

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

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Matthew 13:15-18

15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

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Mark 8:18

Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?

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Revelations 2:7,11,29

7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

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