Object Lessons

Ears that Hear

Objects: An ear of corn, and the outline of a human ear, cut from paper. (If an ear of corn is not available, a yellow piece of paper may be used with kernels outlined on it.)

How are people like cornstalks?

"They both have ears."

That is a very good answer. I brought an ear of corn with me, as well as a picture representing the human ear. The ear of corn cannot hear. The human ear is supposed to hear, but often does not, even when the person is not deaf.

Christ, in giving His parables spoke of this kind of  person when He said, "Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." He knew that there were some who would hear and understand, and that there were others who would not want to hear and understand. Isaiah dealt with the same kind of people, for he said, "Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live" (Isa. 55:3).

Today, as well as in the days of Isaiah and Christ, there are those who fail to hear God's voice speaking to them. It is well for us to ask ourselves, "Are we using our ears as God would have us use them? We should keep our ears alert, listening for the voice of God, and not be like the stalk of corn which has many ears, but never hears.

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