Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.
1. “Let these sayings sink down into your ears…”
a. sayings [3056 * logos][Thayer: of speech, a word, uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea, what someone has said, a word, the sayings of God, decree, mandate or order, of the moral precepts given by God, Old Testament prophecy given by the prophets, what is declared, a thought, declaration, aphorism, a weighty saying, a dictum, a maxim, discourse, the act of speaking, speech, the faculty of speech, skill and practice in speaking, a kind or style of speaking, a continuous speaking discourse – instruction, doctrine, teaching, anything reported in speech; a narration, narrative, matter under discussion, thing spoken of, affair, a matter in dispute, case, suit at law, the thing spoken of or talked about; event, deed, its use as respect to the MIND alone, reason, the mental faculty of thinking, meditating, reasoning, calculating, account, i.e. regard, consideration, account, i.e. reckoning, score, account, i.e. answer or explanation in reference to judgment, relation, i.e. with whom as judge we stand in relation, reason would, reason, cause, ground. In John, denotes the essential Word of God, Jesus Christ, the personal wisdom and power in union with God, his minister in creation and government of the universe, the cause of all the world's life both physical and ethical, which for the procurement of man's salvation put on human nature in the person of Jesus the Messiah, the second person in the Godhead, and shone forth conspicuously from His words and deeds.]
b. sink [5087 * tithemi][Thayer: to set, put, place, to place or lay, to put down, lay down, to bend down, to lay off or aside, to wear or carry no longer, to lay by, lay aside money, to set on, (serve) something to eat or drink, to set forth, something to be explained by discourse, to make, to make (or set) for one's self or for one's use, to set, fix establish, to set forth, to establish, ordain.]
c. ears [3775 * ous][Strong: apparently a primary word; the ear (physically or mentally):--ear.]
d. In this phrase “Let these sayings sink down into your ears” Jesus is not referring to physical ears but to the spiritual sense of hearing. He meant the same thing when he said to the crowds, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” We have spiritual senses just as we have physical senses.
1). Isaiah 55:1-3 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
2). Isaiah 6:9, 10 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
3). Hebrews 5:10-14 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
e. We as believers need a revelation and that is exactly what Jesus is talking about. When we hear and see and taste with our spiritual senses we get a revelation of what those particular words mean.
1). Ephesians 1:15-18 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
f. World Outreach Church Daily Devotional 2/14/12 There is a direct connection between hearing the Word and being healed. Many people are not being healed because they are either not hearing at all or they are not hearing enough. Someone may say, “Well, I heard the Word; I know what it says; but it didn’t work for me.” No. That’s not possible. The Word always works. Sometimes we fail to receive the benefits of the Word, but the Word never fails. The failure is on our part. When Jesus told His disciples, “Let these sayings sink down into your ears,” He meant that you must hear the Word over and over and over with your spiritual ears—the ears of your inner man—until those truths finally get lodged down on the inside of you. Only then will you be able to receive the benefits of healing that are rightfully yours.
g. World Outreach Church Daily Devotional 12/17/12 In today’s civilized societies, we’ve spent a great deal of time educating our minds far beyond our spirits. So when we start reading the Bible, our minds often say, “I’ve got this already. I don’t need to study anymore.” Unfortunately, that usually means we’ve grabbed hold of the Word with our minds and not with our hearts. The only way to believe God’s Word with the heart is to spend time feeding on it. You have to get the Word rooted deep in your heart so that its truth becomes more real than the doubts in your mind. A lot of people just mentally assent to the Word. In other words, they agree with Scripture in their heads. But you cannot have faith or believe God until the Word is planted in your heart. You see, you cannot believe God with yout mind. And you certainly can’t believe God with your body. God is a Spirit, and you must believe him with your spirit or with your heart. When God’s Word takes root in your heart, you can be strong and believe it even in the face of big obstacles. Some of the greatest faith victories come when you’re believing God with your heart while doubts are firing at your mind and symptoms are firing at your body like machine-gun bullets. Plant God’s Word in your heart, believe it, act upon it, and win your victory.