Saturday, October 11

They do not know the voice of strangers.—John 10:5.

Researchers have found that the task of simultaneously differentiating between many sounds becomes increasingly difficult when it involves listening to human speech. This means that when you hear two voices at the same time, you have to choose which one you will focus on. Your selection will depend on which one youwant to listen to. The Jews who wished to do the desires of their father, the Devil, did not listen to Jesus. We receive messages from ‘the house of wisdom’ and from ‘the house of stupidity.’ (Prov. 9:1-5, 13-17) Both wisdom and stupidity keep crying out to us, as it were, and that presents us with a choice. Whose invitation will we accept? The answer depends on whose will we wish to do. Jesus’ sheep listen to his voice and follow him. (John 10:16, 27) They are “on the side of the truth.” (John 18:37) Such humble ones “take hold of glory.”—Prov. 3:13, 16; 8:1, 18; 29:23. w13 2/15 4:13, 14

Commentary

The Watchtower makes an interesting observation; namely, that people generally hear what they want to hear. Hence, two competing voices present us with a test – a test of our motivation and inner desire. At the present time the Watchtower presents the sole voice of truth. Yet their message is skewed with a lie, the lie that the Kingdom has already begun ruling. So what happens when the Kingdom actually does begin ruling? Then we will have a scenario described where two voices compete for our obedience.

On the one hand the voice of wisdom will speak – Christ himself. This is described in the 30th chapter of Isaiah where God’s people will hear a voice behind them saying: “This is the way…!” On the other hand those described as the “stupid prophets” will continue to push their lie. This is why Christ warned that many false Christs and false prophets will arise during the end phase, attempting to deceive even the chosen ones. 

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