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Sovereign Grace Church - Deaf to the voice of the Gospel - by Robert Murray M'Cheyne

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Jun 18, 2017
Passage: Hebrews 12:25 & Ecclesiastes 10:11

Deaf to the voice of the Gospel

See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven

(HEBREWS 12:25)

It is a well known fact that many kinds of serpents can be tamed by the power of music. This is referred to in Ecclesiastes 10:11, and Jeremiah 8:17. Many travelers in Egypt and India have seen this. But there is said to be one kind of serpent which is either deaf, so that it can not hear the music, or it has the power of making itself deaf for the time, so that it is not charmed. So it is with unconverted men.

Christ is the great charmer. His voice is like the sound of many waters. Never man spake like this man. When Andrew and Peter heard it, they left all and followed him; so did James, and John, and Matthew. When the bride hears him, she cries, The voice of my beloved! When the sheep hear his voice, they follow him; when the dead hear his voice, they live; when the heavy laden hear it, they find rest.

But unconverted men will not hear. They are like Manasseh; they will not hearken; they are like the Jews when Stephen preached, they stopped their ears and ran. [2 KINGS 21:9, ACTS 7]
Ah, how many of you are doing this very thing, stopping your ears? How many of you stop your ears with the noise of the world, its business and care; some with a favorite lust? The voice of the great charmer has been often heard in this place, and some have heard it and followed him; and why are you left behind?

Learn—1st, The folly of this. He is charming you to bless you, to bring you to peace, pardon, holiness. There is no other name given among men whereby you can be saved. [ACTS 4:12]

Learn—2nd, The guilt of this. It is the highest sin of all, to refuse him that speaketh from heaven [HEBREWS 12:25]. It is put last here. It is unpardonable. All manner of sin and blasphemy may be forgiven to you, but if you will not hear the voice of Christ you must perish. Christ is knocking at your door and saying, If any man hear my voice I will come in [REVELATION 3:20]. Oh, think of the guilt of letting the Son of God stand at your door? Some would fain lay the blame off themselves, but God washes himself clear of the unbeliever’s guilt. It is you that stop your ear; ye do always resist the Holy Ghost. [The deaf] will one day find that he that believeth not shall be damned.

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