Morgan Jackson outlines the biblical precedents for Audio Bible listening that underscore and motivate all our efforts to get God’s Word to every person. Please join our ministry in asking God to give us the nations for His eternal glory!
I want to talk to you today about why Faith Comes By Hearing does what it does.
Why do we put the Word of God, why do we dramatize it, record it for every language? Why do we put in on Proclaimers for people to gather under trees and listen? Why do we put it on small Proclaimers so families, places in the Middle East, can hear? Why do we put it in digital technology so you and I can listen on our phones, or on our iPads, or on our computers? We do it because it is what God commands in Scripture.
You know, the Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword. It pierces between the dividing line of soul and spirit. It’s the one thing that God says will never return void. But what do you do when people are illiterate?
Now in the Old Testament, almost the whole of the Israel population was illiterate. And they had one copy of the Book of the Law. So Moses commanded that every 7 years – this was in Deuteronomy 31 – that the whole nation would be assembled and they would hear the Word of the Lord.
Now that command was only obeyed three times. One of the ones that I love was the story of Josiah, in 2 Kings 22 and 23, where he heard the Word of God. It tore his heart; he ripped his clothes; he assembled the nation – had the whole nation hear the Word of God. And as he did, it caused the greatest revival in Jewish history, as people heard the Word of God.
Now when I look at the New Testament, I see the same thing: 95% illiteracy. Jesus didn’t come handing out books, he came speaking. Matthew 7, it says, “Blessed is the one who hears these words of mine and does them, he is like a wise man that built his house upon a rock.” We hear throughout the whole New Testament, he says, “If you have ears to hear, let him hear.” And so, when we look at Revelation 1:3, where it says, “Blessed is the one who reads these words aloud and blessed are those who hear it read,” we understand Romans 10:17 that “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” So faith comes by hearing, but why do we have to do it in the mother tongue? Why can’t we just do it in the major languages?
Well, Matthew 28, 18 through 20, when Jesus gives us the Great Commission he says, “I want you to go into every nation, making disciples of every nation.” The word ‘nation’ there is ethnos – tribe, language, people. There are 7,000 languages in the world and God wants us to reach them all. Matthew 24:14, it says – when Jesus is talking about the end of times and the signs – he said, “But the end is not yet, because the Gospel of the Kingdom must be preached to every nation [every ethnos], then the end will come.”
And we see that immediately when Jesus has passed them; the disciples are given the responsibility; the Holy Spirit falls. Acts 2, as they begin to speak under the anointing of the Spirit, people are hearing the Word of God in their own mother tongue. It says that there were people under every nation under the sun were there, and they heard it in their own native language.
In Psalms it says, “Ask of me and I will give you the nations.” And we would like you to join with us in asking that God would give us the nations. We’re living in the first generation in the history of the world where the New Testament and Bible will be translated into every language of the world. And if we – with your help – can record it, start listening groups, put in on the Internet via technology, every person in the world can hear the Word of God in their own language.
Ask of the Lord with us for the nations. Join with us. Thank you.