August 2017 Newsletter - "Ears to See" by Dr. Roni Burton, MD

Sh’ma Yisrael Adonai Eh-lohay-noo, Adonai echad.  Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. (Deut 6:4) Hearing, it’s the first of the senses to develop.  By about 3 months a baby can hear the voice of father and mother in the womb.  The Bible is full of references to hearing.  After all, the first expression of creation is sound, and sound is heard.  “And God said, let there be light: and there was light (revelation of His divine nature),” Gen 1:3

Since that first utterance, Yahshua/Jesus has been trying through the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit to get us (mankind) to hear His voice again.  In the garden the Voice was uninterrupted as Adam and Yah/God walked in echad/unity (Gen 3:8) until the fall.  After a long foreknown separation, Yah answered Adam’s (man’s) cry.

In Exodus 19, it was three months after the children of Israel had gone out from Egypt that they were able to hear the voice of Yah through Moses. (Exodus 19:1-3).  One might say it was their three month embryologic expression of spiritual hearing.

After being freed from the bondage of physical slavery, Yah through the instruction of the Torah tried to free their minds from the limitations of double mindedness and release them into the unbounded expanse of His Spirit.  He wanted them to hear spiritually.  Yah wanted to make them into a nation of king priests (Exo 19:5 & 6).  The apostle Peter heard the Voice in Yahshua and echoed the call, “But ye are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation a peculiar people,” (1 Peter 2:9).

The journey of going from being a slave of Egypt (symbolic of religious, carnal or humanistic thinking) to being a high priest of Yah to share in the Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) passes through the ear.  For those who are gifted to hear below the surface of the scriptures, faith (understanding the secrets of the kingdom) comes by hearing (Rom 10:17).  That gate is the ears, like many patterns in the word of Yah that passes through “the triangular forms of godliness,” (Methodius).

Recently, thinking about the gates on the head I was reminded of Psalm 24:7 which encourages us to “lift up your head, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.” The Hebrew word for gate is sha’ar, which means an opening, door or gate to a city.  “Be ye lift up” is the Hebrew word nasa which is rich with several meanings.  These include to bear, carry, bring forth, forgive, marry, magnify, raise up, etc.

The physical ear, as with all of Yah’s temple, is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) and speaks beyond what is seen.  First the natural then the spiritual (1 Cor. 15:46).  The pathway through the temple is in the gross anatomy of the ear, (See figure 1).  The outer court would be the external ear, which most see and recognize as such; the auricle, external acoustic meatus and tympanic membrane or ear drum.  Many have these parts of their physical “Pathway of Sound Reception” but for a myriad of reasons cannot physically hear.  The “middle ear” or holy place would be the tympanic cavity with the “ear bones” and the cochlea (a part of the hearing mechanism) that takes the percussive waves of sound and transmits them into electrical signals, which now passes through the vestibulocochlear nerve into the temporal lobe of the brain which then ‘translates’ the sound into meaning.  The snap of a finger, the high sounding string of the violin, the mourning of the dove, the sound of a trumpet alarming!  The above examples can be heard without being physically present because having the ability to read these English symbols of sound; the snap of a finger can be heard through the symbols from your eyes.  Pretty amazing!  What I’ve described is grossly simplistic compared to what is presently known about natural ears and hearing.

Now consider Yahshua’s answer when His disciples asked Him why he spoke in parables (mysteries).  “Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand,”  (Matt 13:13).  To Yahshua, hearing was not related to the mechanics of sound generation and reception.  Understanding the symbolisms of His speech beyond the outer ear, middle ear and temporal lobe, was to have spiritual ears to understand His language of parables and thus to have “keys” to enter the Father’s kingdom (should one believe and use those keys).  To be deaf and blind clearly disqualifies one from ruling and reigning with Yah.  Thus, Yahshua’s message is: get ears, it’s the only way you can see.

References: All scripture references from KJV with Strong’s Bible Dictionary. Methodius, an Early Church Father, d.c. 311. Atlas of Human Anatomy, by Frank H Netter, M.D.