Imagine for a moment a scene where there is a single mother in a home alone late one evening with her young child. Suddenly a burglar breaks in. Her alarm goes off and within minutes both the mother and the burglar hear the sound of police sirens.
At the sound of the siren’s approach the burglar flees in fear, while that very same sound brings comfort to the mother as fear flees from her heart.
In the beginning Adam and Eve lived in Eden, paradise, Heaven on earth. Perfect existence in every way that included flawless communion with the Heavenly Father.
But trust was broken when obedience was surrendered and that sweet communion tragically changed as described in the following passage from Genesis 3:8-10:
“And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ So he said, ‘I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.’”
Notice that the sound of Lord walking in the garden was the same sound they heard many times before.
The sound was the same, but just as their eyes were open, the ability to hear with “spirit ears” was deafened, distorted and for the first time in history man was afraid. God’s love did not change, only their hearing.
I believe one of the reasons people don’t pray is because they don’t have “spirit ears” to hear the sound of God’s approach coming into the garden of their lives. A sound of mercy, grace, kindness, wisdom, understanding and indescribable, unconditional love.
What the first Adam lost in the first Garden the last Adam, Jesus the Christ redeemed and restored.
Here we see another scene in another garden, the Garden of Gethsemane as soldiers come to take Jesus away.
Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus (John 18:10).
The story of this soldier is not over. Jesus picks up his ear and heals him. Could there be a message here that as Jesus heals natural hearing, Malchus also hears the sound of love.
It is important to know that Malchus’ name means kingdom. When His Kingdom comes into your life it should never be heard as a sound to fear.
On the day of Pentecost there was a sound from heaven. The sound included the sound of wind and the sound of tongues.
This is what the Bible says the multitude heard; “we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God” (Acts 2:11).
That, beloved ones, is the Kingdom Perspective!
Don Sturian0, is pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, which meets 10:30 a.m. Sundays at 825 Ninth St. W. just across the street from Turner Donuts in downtown Bradenton. Call (941) 776-0026 or visit www.kingdomlifechristianchurch.org for more information.