Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse: grace and peace to you from God our Father . . .The sound of the pastor’s voice gently works it’s way through the room and the words find deep passage into your ears. The sound of the words engage your mind, they vibrate into your spirit as well: you are hearing the word of God.
Since the very beginnings of the church most believers have received the scriptures by listening. How many of us listen to the word of God today?
I’d like to suggest that God designed us in such a way that we benefit by hearing the words of life. Does that seem strange to you? Imagine husbands and wives reading out loud together; friends gathered in a room with but one copy of the Bible--all of them receiving the spoken word. Imagine an assembly of people hungry to hear the voice of God.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with reading the Bible: I recommend it! But in my opinion we should find a way to let the word of God enter through our ears as well.