See no, hear no, speak… (Ceteris paribus part 2)


“Sacrificing and offering Thou didst not desire; mine ears hast Thou opened…” (Psalm 40:6a)

“And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers into his ears, and He spit, and touched his tongue; And looking up to Heaven, He sighed, and and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. And straightway his ears were opened…” (Mark 7:33-35a)

The first part of the opening line of the next verse says “And he charged them…” But it’s not talking about money. He tells them not to make it known what He just did. Because, until you’re strong enough to maintain what Jesus gives–and gives freely, I might add–best to keep your mouth shut. Your ears may be open but the only person to speak to about it is God. This is not an uncommon occurrence. As God should be the One with whom we converse and are conversant, everyone else should fall by the wayside until the former is met. With reference to ceteris paribus (all things equal) until the atmosphere abroad is ready, rejoice that you’re able to hear.

“And when He had said these things, He cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And His disciples asked Him, saying, What might these parables be?” (Luke 8:8-9)


“And He said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.” (Luke 8:10)

People see it all. They really do. It’s the condition of our heart that tells whether or not we’re going to be seeing it correctly. The difference between seeing what’s there and missing something is looking. Try this on: Paul says to Titus (1:15), “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” If you couple this with his instruction to “overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21) The way we see things depends on how dialed in we are to God. To where we see Heaven here on earth.


“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.” (Joel 3:14)

The Hebrew word for decision is “charuwts“. Strong’s says “properly incised or incisive“. The word (decision) appears twice in the Bible (it’s also translated as “gold” in Psalm 68:13). The Hebrew word for “distinguish”, however, is “biyn“. In Psalm 5:1, David asks God to “consider my meditation”. He’s asking God to sift through his internal processes to where they’re springing from a true source (a true vein as it were). We have no idea the mercy of God expended as a result of wrong thinking and the havoc it wreaks on the world. On, off. Trust and faith and belief. And love. Or not. If you believe in God and want to speak on His behalf, you might consider praying this prior to opening your mouth:

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)


Challenging One to a Dual

What are you looking at?

“The light of the body is the eye: If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Matthew 6:22)

The whole of life boils down to a sort-of binary, if that makes sense. The simplicity of faith in Christ is maintained through all the hustle and bustle and busyness of life by “looking unto Jesus” (Hebrews 12:1). Binary, in the sense that there are all sorts of other places in which to invest our attentions. And yet, all the time, God is looking at us, straining to make eye contact. If thine eye be single

Surely you’ve heard of Strabismus? It’s painful just thinking about. Where both eyes are looking in opposite directions. I would say this plays into what Jesus was saying by keeping one eye on Him and the other, elsewhere. “If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee…” (Matthew 5:29) But surely, it’s not your eye’s fault, is it? Is it.

The Urim and Thummim were essentially ancient dice that the Hebrew high priests used to help determine aspects of the will of God (this was prior to receiving the inner witness of the Holy Spirit). While “Urim” means “lights”, “Thummim” refers to, not “dark”, but “perfections”.

“This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.” (1 John 5-6)

And then David says this:

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me…” (Psalm 23:4)

Did you ever wonder where God is? Out of all the points in space from which to tangentially look out into infinity, did you ever stop and think how God, from wherever He may be sitting right now, has connected with you? Food for thought. Thing is, He does it from within. Through Jesus and then the Holy Spirit. Or, not necessarily in that order? I don’t know. I do know that if you have the slightest inkling of desire to connect with your Heavenly Father, He’s already there. See, with reference to John and to David, walking in “darkness” all depends on the…not quantity, but quality of the light within us. If you have any light, any light at all diffusing through your being, it’s from God. The rods and cones in our retinas are sensitive down to one photon. One little point in the universe. That’s pretty awesome. That’s the connection. God’s looking at you with eyes of love. Don’t turn away.

Light. Dark. God wants to shine through you to reach the world. Know that wherever you find yourself, God is there with you. Ready to fill you with His light and love. And ready to send you out wherever you want to go! Don’t kid yourself. It’s challenging and rewarding in equal measure (more so the latter, if I may). It takes time but it’s so worth it.

Forget to turn off the lights