HE THAT HATH EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR OR
IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT!
“If the shoe fits…wear it!”
This proverb has been around for a long time. Originally, it was “if the cap fits”, and probably referred to the fool’s cap or dunce cap. You can probably pick up on the connotation.
Eventually it was changed over to “If the shoe fits” in reference to Cinderella. The moral? If something pertains to you…accept it!
We think this is a fairly modern term, however; it is as old as the book of Revelation. Jesus used it on several different occasions as He taught the people of His day. Howbeit, He did communicate it in a phrase they could better understand like in Mark 4:9 “And He said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!” Jesus made this statement eight times in the book of Revelation. I believe He was trying to get His point across—“If the shoe fits, wear it.”
The apostle Paul wrote seven letters to seven different churches while Jesus had the apostle John write one letter to seven different churches. In most of the comments to the seven churches the Lord included an admonition, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” Now after almost 2000 years when WE read these warnings and exhortations the Scripture speaks to OUR hearts and asks us the very same question, “Do YOU have ears to hear? Does the shoe fit YOU?”
These are the times when we must according to 2 Corinthians 13:5 “examine ourselves”… and see if the said warning or exhortation applies to US. If it does then we need to repent accordingly. The Jesus we serve is just, merciful and forgiving that He even gave Jezebel in the church of Thyatira a chance to repent.
Through the years, I’ve sat through sermons that pierced my soul and all the while I was thinking, “Man, I wish old brother John was in this service to hear this message because he could really benefit from everything that’s being said here today.” I failed to realize that the shoe being preached was my exact size and it would fit me perfect. I would leave that meeting wondering why I was not maturing and drawing closer to God–not comprehending that I had left a perfect pair of spiritual shoes on the altar. Had I stopped and considered that Jesus was speaking to me through His Word, I would have had ears to hear and realized that the shoe fit—put it on and allowed it to help me walk worthy on the vocation wherewith I am called.
Consider this portion of Scripture –
“And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
For there is no respect of persons with God.” [Rom 2:3-11]
Now the Spirit of God could point me to this portion of Scripture when I am caught in some sin and I could either humble myself and get my life straight with God, or walk away justifying myself and shirking off the conviction saying that this was something that the apostle wrote to the JEWS of His day and it had no bearing on ME since I was His Elect.
In fact THAT is what Antinomianism is all about – to live a habitual life of sin and worldliness while claiming to trust in the ‘finished work of Christ’!
Nonetheless, it’s foolish of us to think that everyone that hears the Word of God is going to believe in, adhere to and rely on what it is saying. The proof is in the parable of the sower who sows his seed on four different types of ground and observes four different results. The seed is the Word of God and it was the same seed sown but sown on diverse types of ground. Even the good ground that received the Word produced dissimilar amounts of fruit from the same seed, which was the Word of God. Therefore, it is safe to say that some thought the shoe of the Word fit them better than others did. Could it be that the ones that produced thirty fold recognized only their need for the shoe? Could it be the ones that produced sixty fold may have actually spiritually tried it on to see if it fit? On the other hand, could it be the ones that were walking in the one-hundred-fold ministry were walking around in Word of God shoes because they fit and they had ears to hear what was being said?
The Bible says the Word of God is like a two-edge sword, sometimes It cuts off ungodly and undesirable attributes and characteristics that hurts our body, soul and spirit, but it may be Jesus saying, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear or If the shoe fits, wear it.”
“The fundamental principle for which we are here contending is plainly expressed again by Christ in Mark 13:37, “And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” That exhortation to the apostles is addressed directly to THE SAINTS IN ALL GENERATIONS AND PLACES. As Owen well said, “The Scriptures speak to every age, every church, every person, not less than to those to whom they were first directed. This shows us how we should be affected in reading the Word: we should read it as a letter written by the Lord of grace from Heaven, to us by name. “If there be any books in the New Testament particularly restricted, it is the “pastoral epistles,” yet the exhortation found in 2 Timothy 2:19, is generalized: “Let every one that names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”
Those who are so fond of restricting God’s Word would say that “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (verse 3) is addressed to the minister of the Gospel, and pertains not to the rank and file of believers. But Ephesians 6:10-17, shows (by necessary implication) that it applies to all the saints, for the militant figure is again used, and used there without limitation. The Bullinger school insist that James and Peter—who gave warning of those who in the last time should walk after their own ungodly lusts—wrote to Jewish believers only; but Jude (addressed to all the sanctified) declares they “told you” (verse 18).
“You have forgotten the exhortation which speaks unto you as unto children, My son, despise not you the chastening of the Lord” (Hebrews 12:5). That exhortation is taken from Proverbs 3:11, so that here is further evidence that the precepts of the Old Testament (like its promises) are not restricted unto those who were under the Mosaic economy, but apply with equal directness and force to those under the new covenant. Observe well the tense of the verb “which speaks”: though written a thousand years previously, Paul did not say “which has spoken”—the Scriptures are a living Word through which their Author speaks today.
Note too “which speaks unto you”—New Testament saints: all that is contained in the book of Proverbs is as truly and as much the Father’s instruction to Christians as the contents of the Pauline epistles. Throughout that book God addresses us individually as “My son” (2:1; 3:1; 4:1; 5:1). That exhortation is as urgently needed by believers now as by any who lived in former ages. Though children of God, we are still children of Adam—willful, proud, independent, requiring to be disciplined, to be under the Father’s rod, to bear it meekly, and to be exercised thereby in our hearts and consciences.” – A.W. Pink
Every time a preacher stands up and exhorts a multitude to forsake a certain sin or compromise, there will always be those in that same multitude who are not in the least guilty of that sin. So should the preacher be silenced lest he offend the sinless FEW! ABSURD!
ALL preaching challenging those gathered to forsake a particular sin or compromise and follow after righteousness is done with the admonition – “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear or If the shoe fits, wear it”!
[compiled from sources on the web]