Hear and Do…or Hear and Not Do

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Some of these verses portray the contrast in consequences of hearing the word: protection for those who do the word they hear and destruction for those who do not do the word they hear.  Other verses merely describe the contrasting phenomena of either hearing the word of God and doing it or hearing the word of God and not doing it.  In some cases, “knowing” replaces “hearing” as the first step (e.g. Luke 12:47, 48; John 13:17; James 4:17; 2 Peter 2:21).  Throughout, synonymous terms can be used for both the hearing and the doing.

Note the references to blessing that comes from hearing and doing the word of God (e.g. Luke 11:28; John 13:17; James 1:25).

The principle of this post can be seen in Ecclesiastes 10:17 and 1 Corinthians 10:7.  That is, for example, are we reading the Scriptures with “a view to do” them?  Are we hearing the word of God with the expectation of being tested as to whether or not we will do what we have heard?

Matthew 7:21-27

Luke 6:46-49

Luke 12:47, 48 – “And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few.”

John 5:14  –  See 2 Peter 2:21 below.

John 13:17  –  “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them”  –  Compare with James 4:17 below.

Acts 7:53

Romans 2:13  –  “the hearers of the Law…[versus]…the doers of the Law”

James 1:22  –  “doers of the word and not merely hearers”
James 1:23  –  “a hearer of the word and not a doer”
James 1:24
James 1:25  –  “one who looks intently at the…law…and abides by it, not…a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does.”

James 4:17  –  Compare with John 13:17 above.

2 Peter 2:21  –  In this verse we see the judgment on those who have heard and yet not done.  (Consider also John 5:14 in this regard.)

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Ezekiel 33:30
Ezekiel 33:31 – “and hear your words, but they do not do them”
Ezekiel 33:32 – “they hear your words but they do not practice them”
Ezekiel 33:33

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