In many animals the outer ear flap is moveable and works like a hearing trumpet or collecting disk to gather sound waves. Crickets, though, hear with spots on their front "knees" while many bugs hear with spots on their chest or abdomen. The bat has ears similar to ours, but very few people can hear in the bat's range of 20,000 to 130,000 vibrations per second. Sounds lower than 20 vibrations per second, heard by some birds, are also out of our hearing range, but can affect the body with dizziness and nausea.
The circles of feathers around the owl's eyes help it to hear. These facial discs have tightly packed feathers around the rims which channel or direct high frequency sounds, like the squeaks of a mouse, into the owl's ears behind the discs. Owls turn their head to balance the sound in both ears and thus learn the precise directions of a sound. When complete darkness hinders their remarkable vision, their ears pinpoint their prey with complete accuracy. In addition their extremely soft feathers make them able to glide in complete silence.
ear, and the seeing eye,
the LORD hath made even both of them.
Human ears are wonderfully sensitive. We can hear sounds from a baby's breathing to the deafening roar of a supersonic jet and a full range of musical notes. Thank God for good ears, but how well do we use them? Sometimes we hear the sounds, but we don't pay attention. Sometimes we don't listen. How very important it is to hear and obey. In fact, the Hebrew word in the Old Testament means both to hear and to obey. It is important to hear and obey mom and dad. It is most important to hear and obey God.
God made ears that we might pay attention to Him. "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear" Matthew 11:15. To His disciples the Lord Jesus said, "Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear" Matthew 13:16. And again He said, "Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it" Luke 11:28.
Are you among the blessed of God?
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