Hear & Obey


I was recently reading Matthew chapter 17. In it, Matthew recounts the event we know today as the Transfiguration. Jesus is revealed in His glorious form, in front of His closest disciples: Peter, James and John.

The Father speaks to those there in an audible voice saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." These are the same words the Father declared when Jesus was baptized (Matthew 3:17). However, this time, the Father adds this statement: "Listen to him!" And yes, most translations include the exclamation mark!

What do we learn from this? It's a bit hard to literally "listen" to Jesus, yet we can read His words as recorded in the Bible. Is it enough to read those words? I think not! Just as with our children when we tell them something; we want them to hear what we say, but then also obey what we say. The same applies here with the Father's exhortation for us to "listen" to Jesus. He doesn't just want us to read what Jesus said, but also to do what He says.

Hear and Obey!

God bless,


Tim Connelly

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