The Man Who Had ‘Seeing Ears’ and ‘Hearing Eyes’
To have your way with Music , you need two important qualities: A seeing ear and Hearing eyes. A ‘seeing ear’ refers to ears that can classify a piece of Music just from the auditory responses while a ‘hearing eye’ Can easily give relevant sound qualities to a notated piece. This is equally needed in Human relationships. There’s a Man who has excelled in this and we must learn from him.’Seeing ears’ and ‘hearing eyes’ in Human relations refers to the ability to hear unspoken needs and see beyond what meets the eyes. People Have suffered a lot in this World. People have been discomfited and laid to nothingness.
They don’t need someone to remind them how sinful they are, how disorganized they are, how immoral they are, for they know it already. Some are almost becoming hardened in sin, and they will laugh at your censure. Prostitutes have heard enough that they are sinners and ought to die, there’s no pain they have not been subjected to. How did Jesus Handle the People He Met?
The Woman at the Well.
Deep in ignorance of the truth the woman of Samaria was Surprised that a Jewish man could talk to her. The Samaritans were not a people to be considered. They were descendants of a mixed multitude who was taken to the land of Israel by the Assyrians and they mixed the Worship of God with their gods. They were bowing to Yahweh and worshiping their idols.
Nevertheless, each national group made its own gods in the several towns where they settled, and set them up in the shrines the people of Samaria had made at the high places. The people from Babylon made Sukkoth Benoth, those from Kuthah made Nergal, and those from Hamath made Ashima; the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire as sacrifices to Adrammelek and Anammelech, the gods of Sepharvaim. They worshiped the Lord, but they also appointed all sorts of their own people to officiate for them as priests in the shrines at the high places. They worshiped the Lord, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations from which they had been brought. 2 Kings 17:29-33 (NIV).
At the time of Christ the barrier between the Jews and the Samaritans had widened a great deal. They were not supposed to talk one with another. Christ seeing this woman at the well, defied a lot of barriers. He saw in her a source of salvation to the entire city. As a result of her testimony a lot of people believed in Christ not merely as a prophet or a good man, but a saviour of the World.
A sister to Martha and Lazarus, she had gone out of their home in Bethany to the town of Magdala. The truth is that she was Mary of Bethany, but we know her as Mary Magdalene(Mary of Magdala). In the Town of Magdala, She engaged in trading her body to earn a living. Mary was a renowned coquette of Magdala, but when she met Christ she became a different person. While the Church leaders by then were ready to stone her to death, Christ gave her the second chance, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” The same power that bid her to go and sin no more, kept her from sinning anymore. Her love for Jesus was seen in her readiness to spend her life’s earning to anoint Him,and on Sunday morning she was the first at the tomb to discover the risen saviour. Her testimony will never lose its power to convince the sinners of the fact that Jesus receives sinners.
He was a fisherman. Not just a fisherman, but a loudmouthed fisherman. For those who have interacted with fisherfolks, they are not very easy people to deal with. Their language is not refined and they could be hardened by the tumultuous experiences in the Sea. But Christ saw a fisher of men in this Galilean. He was very instrumental in the setting of the Early Church, and at Pentecost, He was the spokesperson of the apostles. His loudmouth, sanctified by truth, was an eloquence that the Sanhedrin couldn’t gainsay. Christ saw a marvelous possibility that all of us need to see in people.
How are you seeing People? The Power of the Second Touch
Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. Then He sent him away to his house, saying, “Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.” Mark 8:22-26. (NKJV)
When Jesus touched the blind man he was able to see people, but to him they were like walking trees. This is how most of us are. We see people like trees. We see them like hardened sinners, who have no space in the kingdom. We see them like those who know nothing who should be corrected every now and then. But we all like the blind man of Bethsaida, need a second touch that we may be able to see people clearly.
“He who knows the depths of the world’s misery and despair, knows by what means to bring relief. He sees on every hand souls in darkness, bowed down with sin and sorrow and pain. But He sees also their possibilities; He sees the height to which they may attain. Although human beings have abused their mercies, wasted their talents, and lost the dignity of godlike manhood, the Creator is to be glorified in their redemption”.—A Call To Stand Apart 66.3