Re:Verse reading–Revelation 2:1-11; 3:1-6, 14-21 (day three)
“He who has an ear, let him hear.” Hearing is hard, so we often use our ears for purposes other than that. We use our ears as early warning systems: We hear a voice we don’t want to encounter, so we walk the other way. We use our ears as filters: We don’t give attention to difficult or complicated communication. We use our ears as instruments of revision: We let them convince us we heard what we wanted to hear. And that’s really why we find something like Revelation difficult. It’s not the weird imagery; it’s the repurposed ears. But the Lord says if we’ll do the hard work of listening, we’ll hear what we need to hear in order to live.