Jesus says, “to those who have ears let them hear.” In Bible times, hearing was a necessity, even over that of the other four senses. Only about 2% of the population could read, and so they heard information.
Fun Fact … did you know, that sound resonates in the brain faster than through sight? It also enters first through the spine. It rouses the work of the body before the mind. Sounds educate people differently than do sights, smells, touch, and taste.
I think we’ve lost a lot of power in the Biblical text because we read it quietly. The Greek is a verbal language. Action. Gesture. Inflection. It can’t be rightly understood unless it’s artistically acted out, expressed, or heard. This is why God puts his gospel in the mouth of us who are to preach the good news. How can they believe who have not heard?
One of the most visual and auditory books of the Bible, and rightly so, is Revelation. The truths communicated in Revelation simply cannot be taught in script only. Therefore, John’s experience comes in surround sound. Read Revelation 1:1-3:
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
John sees Christ in his coming kingdom by way of sensory majesty. Going further into vs. 10, John says that he hears behind him a loud voice like a trumpet, as Jesus the Son of Man approaches him. Then in vs. 12, he turns and sees a voice speaking to him, and what follows the voices’ sound is an explosion of imagery that takes us back to the temple, the Exodus event, the creation, the slaughter and resurrection of Jesus himself, and on into the beauty of the church (the Bride) coming home to a dine with her King.
The point? Don’t tell me that audio is not a theological art. As you think about the Scriptures today, consider the sights, the smells, the sounds, the tastes, and the touches. Consider how your awakened senses and imagination change how you relate to the Scriptures themselves.
*For further reading in the Bible: Isaiah 6:1 -6:8; Ezekiel 1; Ezekiel 4; Ezekiel 5
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