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The Word Listen 聽 In Chinese.

Alan

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                                      Proverbs 1:5
                           Analyzing the Chinese word, ‘Hear.’
                                          「聽」
                                       Introduction
Proverbs 1:5 says, “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of 
understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.” A wise man will listen to the scriptures
and OBtain counsel.

The Chinese language is unique, interesting, and very complex. Also, within their own 
culture, the Chinese language has a written testimony of the mind of God. 

The Chinese language is an ideographic language. It uses lines, called, ‘strokes,’ and, 
every individual word, is called a, ‘character.’ And, within every ‘character’ are other
‘characters.’ Finally, every line within the word has to written in proper sequence. I 
did not make up the sequence of this message; a Chinese dictionary made the sequence.

The ‘character,’ or word, listen in the Chinese is comprised of six different Chinese 
words put together to form one word: the word listen or to hear. Let us breakdown the 
word, ‘Listen’ in Chinese and see what the Bible says. Also, we will list these words in
the standard sequence that the Chinese use in writing their language.
                         
                               First Chinese Word - Ear 耳

Proverbs 20:12, “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of 
them.” God created our ears for us to have the ability to hear words. To God words are
important as they reveal what a person has in its heart. We need to be careful what we 
say and what we hear. God gave us two ears and one mouth so we will listen more than 
we speak.

Proverbs 28:9, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall
be abomination.” God gave us the Law in order for us to understand His holiness, His 
righteousness, His will, and our need for a Saviour. The Law is contained within the 
Old Testament. When a person, whether saved or lost, does not want to hear the Law than 
even his prayer is an abomination.

As one studies the Old Testament Law he realizes that he comes far short of the 
righteousness of God and realizes that the Lord Jesus truly fulfilled the Law of God. The
more we learn the Law the more we appreciate the grace of the Lord Jesus.

                              Second Chinese Word - King 王

“For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.” Psalm 47:2 
God rules the affairs of this earth from His throne in heaven. God is in full control 
and He knows exactly what He is doing and why He allows all events to happen.

Revelation 19:16, "And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF 
KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” One day, hopefully soon, the Lord Jesus is coming back to this 
earth to rule and reign for 1000 years in His Millennial Kingdom. The first time that the
Lord Jesus came was to suffer the penalty of our sins as a sacrificial Lamb. The next time 
that He comes to the earth, not in the clouds, will be as King over the earth.

                               Third Chinese Word - Cross 十

The Lord Jesus was crucified on the cross of Calvary for us. He took our sins and died 
in our place. God will not allow sin into heaven. Nor can a sinner atone for his own sins
using any form of works or religious ceremony,

God will only accept a perfect, or sinless, sacrifice for our sin. The Lord Jesus is 
sinless. Therefore, He was able to be qualified as our sacrifice for sin. Apart from the 
Lord Jesus, no other man is sinless. The Lord Jesus became sin for us that we might be 
saved. 2 Corinthians 5:21 declares, “For he [God] hath made him [Jesus] to be sin for us,
who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

The gospel is the death, burial and the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. When we 
believe the gospel, in our heart, then we can be saved.

                              Fourth Chinese word - Blood. 血

God plainly said in Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I 
have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the
blood that maketh and atonement for the soul.” God requires a blood sacrifice in order 
to save the souls of mankind from an eternity in hell. 

The blood sacrifices in the Old Testament were never intended to justify the sinner. The 
sacrificial Law was instituted by God to show mankind the need for a sacrifice for sins 
and the coming suffering Messiah that could atone for their sins as a sacrificial Lamb. 
Isaiah chapter 53. 

“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which 
taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29 The Lord Jesus was the Lamb that takes away 
the sin of the world. When the Lord Jesus died on the cross He shed His blood for our sins.
The Lord Jesus became our blood sacrifice for the salvation of our souls. 

The scriptures are very clear that only the blood of Christ shed on the cross can make an
atonement, or redeem, our souls. Hebrews 9:11 and 12 state, “But Christ being come an high 
priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with
hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves,
but by his own blood he entered in once unto the Holy place, having OBtained eternal 
redemption for us.”

The blood of animals, and any other man made sacrifice, cannot OBtain our salvation. Only
the blood of Christ, shed on the cross of Calvary, can save our souls. We need to hear 
what God says about the blood of Christ. It is very important.

                                 Fifth Chinese Word - One. 一

In Acts 4:10 - 12 Peter lets us know that, “Be it known unto you all, and to all the 
people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom
God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is
the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given 
among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Belief in the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way any person can be saved. Belief in the 
name of Muhammad, the Pope, Joseph Smith, Buddha, Confucius, Lao Tzu, or some other man, 
cannot save the soul.

The Lord Jesus said Himself in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me.” 

All religious attempts to OBtain salvation through good works, earning merit, ceremonies,
striving to keep the Law, or some other religious belief, will fail to save a soul from an 
eternity in hell. Except through the Lord Jesus, there is no other way into heaven. 

                             The Sixth Chinese Word - Heart 心

The things that we believe in our hearts are those things that are dear unto us. We love 
with our hearts. What we believe in our hearts will guide our actions and create our
character.
The same thing is true with salvation. A heart belief is necessary in order to have 
salvation. A lot of people know about the Lord Jesus with their head, but they do not know
Him with their heart. Salvation is a heart belief in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul said this to the Romans, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the 
Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth 
confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9 and 10

When a person truly believes with their hearts that Christ died for their sins, and that 
He was buried and rose again the third day, then that person can be saved. Paul said 
further, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans10:13. 
If you are not saved through the Lord Jesus, than why not right now ask Him in sincere 
prayer to save your soul and give you eternal life in heaven. 

                                        Conclusion

In Luke 9:37 God, speaking audibly from heaven, said, “This is my beloved Son: hear him.”
The Lord Jesus is the beloved Son of God and we should hear, and follow, Him. The Lord 
Jesus spoke of those things that God told Him to say. The Lord Jesus said in John 12:49
and 50, “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a 
commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment
is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I 
speak.” 

A wise man will listen to the Lord Jesus speak in order to learn the will of God.

 



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My Daughters are learning Mandarin as part of their schooling.

They will find this particularly interesting.

Would you mind if I copied this to share with my church - maybe on the noticeboard?

 

Is this yours, or should I credit someone else?

 

Thanks,

 

Dave.

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Dave,

I would consider it an honor for you, or anybody else that you or anybody on OnLine Baptist, to post in on your church notice board.

I am the author. I have made gospel tracts, in Chinese, and in English, worded slighly different than the above devotion. All of the material, inclding the tracts, are not copyrighted. If you, or any other church or individual, would like some of the tracts I mail them free of charge any where in the world. All I need is an address.

We hope the best for your child learning Chinese Mandarin. It is a complicated spoken and written language. Most folks give up after awhile due to the complexity.

Alan

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Brethren,

Hope you enjoy the photo.

Cloud # 2 Proverbs 1v5.jpg

 

The photo is not copyrighted and it is my hope that it is a blessing to all of you.

In Christ,

Alan

 

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Brethren,

If anybody would like to have a PDF file of the tract, "The Word Listen in Chinese," free of charge, here is the website address: http://taiwanvbc.com/analyzingthechinesewordhear.pdf

If you would like to have a Chinese version of the tract in PDF format, free of charge, here is the link: http://taiwanvbc.com/heartractproverbs1.5chinese.pdf

There is another Chinese tract on 1 Corinthians 15:1-6, in Chinese or in English, in PDF format, free of charge, in the same webpage.

All of the tracts are not copyrighted. It is my hope that individuals, churches, and or organizations, would like to print the tracts in the States, or other countries, as the Lord leads.

Also, if any church, individual, or Christian organization, or Christian Newsletter, would like to put a link to any of the salvation tracts on their webpage I would consider it a blessing of the Lord.

God bless you all.

Alan 

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