Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words. (Luke 19:47-48)
In the scene above, Jesus had entered Jerusalem for the final time. He had cleared the temple area of the buyers and sellers, and spent His last days teaching the people. As the passage indicates, the Jewish leaders were already plotting to kill Him, but they feared the crowds who followed Christ.
As I pondered the scene, I realized that what separated the followers of Jesus from those who wanted to kill Him was their willingness to “hang on His words.” Luke used a compound Greek word, ekkremannumi, that appears only in this verse. The base words are “ek”, which means “out of” or “from” and “kremánnymi,” which means “to hinge.” Taken together, the idea is that one is willing to move out from one’s own perspective, and toward a new focus. In other words, based on what someone else says, the listener is willing to swing like a door on its hinges from their former way of thinking toward a new way.
The idea is more than being captivated by a speaker’s presentation, it’s allowing the words to actually change us. When Christ spoke, people were either moved to follow Him, or they refused to allow the door of their hearts to be moved upon its hinges.
When Jesus speaks through His Word today, do you hang upon those words? Do you allow yourself to be moved? Does the door of your heart swing freely upon its hinges when God speaks? –Dave
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