People Do Not Always Hear What Is Being Said

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager


I. Introduction:

A. Have you ever clearly (cf. II Corinthians 3:12) told someone something that they did not understand and they failed to tell you that (Mark 9:30-32)?

1. Some people will conceal their lack of understanding (Mark 9:9-10).

2. No one should want to stay in a state of ignorance for many reasons (Hosea 4:1-6, Romans 1:28, I Corinthians 15:34, etc.).

B. Hearing must be coupled with understanding (Mark 7:14).

1. It’s not good to be without understanding (Ephesians 5:17).

2. In fact, that means the seed [word of God] is not rooted in your heart (Matthew 13:19).

II. Body: Hearing, But Not Understanding (Acts 28:23-28).

A. Sometimes we do not always “get it” as fast as we should (Mark 9:14-19 and Hebrews 5:8-14).

1. Our Lord knows all people do not “get it” instantly (Mark 4:33 and John 16:12).

2. The problem comes when this is willful (Zechariah 7:8-14) or because other things are in the way (I Corinthians 3:1-3).

B. In addition to ourselves, sometimes we’ll be disappointed in others that we think should “get it” faster (Matthew 16:1-12).

1. The very disciples Jesus taught didn’t “get it” quickly (John 1:43-46; John 6:66-69; cf. Matthew 28:16-17 and Luke 22:31-32).

a. They were told to preach to everyone (Mark 16:15-16).

b. Told of it themselves [the afar off] (Acts 2:38-39; cf. Ephesians 2:11-14)

c. But, didn’t get it very fast (Acts 10:1-11:18).

2. Like Jesus, we have to be long-suffering in teaching (Ephesians 4:1-2, Colossians 3:12, and II Timothy 4:2).

3. However, as we addressed concerning willful ignorance, stupidity cannot be “put up with” (Acts 13:6-13, I Timothy 6:3-5, and II Timothy 2:23).

4. Lest one excuse the willfully slow to learn, remember that Jesus rebuked those who should have “gotten it” (Mark 16:14 and Luke 24:25-26).

C. Rather than not “getting it”, God wants us [everyone] to be a people of inquiry [investigation] (I Thessalonians 5:21).

1. Test those teaching (Isaiah 8:20; cf. I John 4:1).

2. Test what is taught (Acts 17:10-11; cf. Hebrews 13:9).

3. Test your own conclusions (John 5:36-39; cf. II Peter 3:15-18).

III. Conclusion: Understand that, we and others, are expected not to “know it all”, but to increase in knowledge (Colossians 1:9-10).


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