Fairbanks Seventh-day Adventist Church

Growing and Sharing a Forever Friendship with Jesus

Pastor's Corner

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life,
which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”

Revelation 2:8

An important sense that God has given us, is hearing. The system of hearing that God created in the human body is fantastic. Man has tried to imitate this system for recieving messages by radio, telephone, television and satellite.

The human hearing system has three major areas: the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. In the middle ear the sound waves first hit against the eardrum, and then against the three little bones called the hammer, anvil and stirrup. As the sound travels from the outer ear funnel to the eardrum, the hammer hits the anvil, which passes the sound through the stirrup. The different vibrations send different impulses through to the inner ear where the semicircular canals and cochlea are situated. These pass the sound vibrations on to the brain by means of sensitive nerve endings that unite to form the auditory nerve. The brain helps us identify what we hear.

Sounds are measured in loudness by a term called decibels. Absolute silence is 0 decibels. A whisper is about 20 decibels, and a car's horn is about 85 decibels, a jackhammer about 130 decibels. Music has regular vibrations whereas noise has irregular vibrations. 

God gave us the sense of hearing so we could hear the pleasant and melodious songs of the birds and other animals, as well as listen to each other. Isn't it great to be able to hear what our friends and family are saying?

Satan will try to cause you to divert your hearing from the good things. He will also try to captivate your hearing by immoral talk, unkind words, and unhealthful music.

What we hear, like what we see, is recorded in our minds.  Although we don't remember as much of what we hear as of what we see, still much of what we hear can be recalled by the brain. God wants us to hear all the nice sounds of creation.

- Pastor Steve Evenson