Proverbs of Solomon – Proverbs 20:12


I feel like I owe you an apology, but the reality is – I don’t. I guess it’s just the Canadian in me. An apology for what, some of you might ask? For being unable to leave verse 12.


Last week’s lesson should have been sufficient to prove Solomon’s point – “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.” I tried to show that the complexity of the human eye, which is inferior to the eyes of many of God’s other creatures…. The human eye could not possibly be the product of evolution. If any one of the eyes’ many essential parts failed to evolve at precisely the same time as the rest, we would never have been able to see. Just as a watch, a cell phone, a computer or any other complicated device has to be put together as a complete unit or it is useless, the same is true with the eye. So our eyes should forever kill any ideas about evolution. But sadly those ideas persist. They persist because evolution is a human-devised religion, and faith in a false religion often has nothing to do with facts, revelation and truth.

Here is another point which I didn’t bring up last week, but should have. The eye of the falcon is not only superior to the human eye, it has, in fact, components which are not found in our eyes. Since the eye of the falcon is better and different from ours, the evolutionist should logically say that it followed a different evolutionary path. Not only is there the miracle of the HUMAN eye, there are other ocular miracles which are greater than ours. Is man at the pinnacle of the evolutionary development as many evolutionists claim? Then why don’t we have the very best of eyes? The truth is: every creature was created differently, and for different reasons they have different strengths and weaknesses.

It is my personal opinion that the eye is a greater example of God’s creative “genius” than the ear. And maybe for that reason, we are more familiar with the working of the eye. So I’ve decided to share what little I know about the ear, which once again is a miracle of divine creation. “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.”

Let’s start with the mechanics of hearing.

Beginning with the existence of sound and the necessity of hearing. There are lots of DEAF people in this world, many of whom are as happy and productive as anyone else. So hearing is not a necessity of life. And how do people without hearing communicate? They do so with gestures (signs) and watching others – lip reading in some cases. If God chose not to create hearing, He could have enabled us to get along just fine some other way, and we would never have known the difference. Hearing is a blessing – a gift of God.

Now, try to imagine a world without noise. No train whistles or wheels roaring down the tracks; no noise of children playing or dogs barking. How would the cats beg for more food? How would the dogs tell the squirrels to flee for their lives? How would the birds call their mates? They would all figure out another way. Not only do most birds have vocal matting calls, many have their own mating colors. They could still attract their spouse in other ways – calling and hearing are not essential. Nevertheless, “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.”

Just as with with the ability to see, God created the physics of hearing before He created the ear. He created sound which involves waves of energy passing through the air or some other substance. If I remember correctly every sound has its own unique frequency, and also its own intensity. When thunder cracks over our heads there is literally a wave of sound created. And that would be true whether or not there was any kind of ear to hear it. In fact, even without its partner, lightning, thunder can be felt as well as seen and heard.

As I was typing that last line yesterday, Sahalie, wound up a small music box and the sound of “Edelweisse” wafted into my study. It wasn’t thunderous, but rather quiet and dainty. Each pluck of a little piece of metal produced a different sound wave which spread throughout the house, and then one after another they gathered around my ear. The flaps of my outer ears channeled those waves into a channel or canal until they bumped into what we call my “eardrum.” It is called an “eardrum” because it is much like the skin which is stretched over the musical instrument. As those sound waves struck my eardrum they made it vibrate in response to that specific wave. That then set in motion three tiny bones in my middle ear – the malleus, incus and stapes – the hammer, anvil and stirrup. All of those four parts of the ear are essential to my hearing. If they were not there or were damaged, I would not have been able to hear that little music box.

But there is more – the motion of those tiny bones ear causes fluid which God has ordained to be in the inner ear to create more waves – this time liquid waves not sound waves. And those waves make little hair cells in the “cochlea,” the inner ear, to move. It is sort of like grass in a lake or kelp in the ocean which wave back and forth with the current. But in this case, those hair cells then act something like the blades of the turbines deep in the Grand Coolie Dam, creating a tiny bit of electrical current. That little bit of electricity, along with thousands of others at almost the same time, move along the auditory nerve to the brain, where they are converted into what we know as “sound.”

That is a very simplified version of how we are able to hear. There is not only much more to it, but there are problems which have to be solved. While our brain is receiving the electrical currents from our ear, it is receiving others from the eye. In fact, it is receiving impulses from nerves all over the body. All at the same time, it takes these in and sorts them out until they make perfect sense. If our computer-like brains weren’t already created our eyes and ears would have been useless. And still using the computer analogy, it would have had to had the right program installed at the factory to bring it all together. Then we could talk about ear crystals. And there is the fact that our ears help control our equilibrium – balance. “Menieres disease” is thought to be caused by an excess amount of fluid in the inner ear. There must be just the right amount of the right kind of fluid at the right pressure. We all know what it is to have our “ears plugged,” and that we can relieve the “pressure” in our ears by yawning or simply opening our mouths wide. When I was a child I had a mastoidectomy – a surgery which removed some unnecessary material in my middle ear which was causing severe pain and interfered with the hammer, anvil and stirrup. What I am trying to say is that the ear is a another complicated part of our body. Only when we admit, “the hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them” can we fully explain their presence in and on our bodies.

And again, why is it that at our best, the human ear is so much less than that of many of God’s “lesser” creatures? Some animals can process sounds of which we are incapable of hearing. And those ears even look different. Our outer ears, although cute in a few people, are usually kind of ugly – naked and wrinkled. But look at the animal’s ears – some are almost beautiful. And why can many creatures turn their outer ears to help collect the sound waves, but we can’t? Is that fair? Some animals can turn their ears independently so they are pointed in ways other than 180%. Mr. Evolutionist, are you sure that we are at the top of your proposed ladder?

It might be said that I have an over simplified faith in God, to believe that He created the hearing ear. I don’t mind confessing to my guilt. The fact is: it seems to me that it takes a considerably larger and more diligent faith to believe that the ear evolved into the successful organ that it is by random, accidental mutations. I don’t care how many millions of years are allowed, the evolution of the ear does not make sense. And in this case, if it doesn’t make sense then it is nonsense.

Now, if this lesson was being presented at camp, or I had been led of the Lord to consider it on Sunday….

I might have looked at a spiritual application of the verse.

“The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.” The Lord Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot SEE the kingdom of God.” He also said, “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” The Son of man (Christ Jesus) shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

Why doesn’t the average evolutionist see that the eye could not have created itself? Why doesn’t the evolutionist listen, really listen, to a message like this one tonight or the one last Wednesday? Why will he not “hear” the preaching of the gospel? It is because he has neither “eyes to see nor ears to hear” the truth or what should be obvious. Like them I was taught evolution, and I was raised to become an evolutionist. What changed in my case? – perhaps in yours as well? The answer is found in this verse, except in a spiritual way. “The hearing ear (of the heart), and the seeing eye (of faith), the LORD hath made even both of them.”