In our everyday lives we would assume that someone has heard what we have said if they are able to repeat the statement back to us.
This is not the case in Hebrew!!!
The evidence that you have heard what I have said is inseparable from what you do.
“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’
“He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went.
“Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go.
“Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you."
“For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him."
Responding to what we hear with a heart of obedience is a major theme throughout Scripture, but sadly as in the parable Jesus told we miss the power of it.
The word picture meaning for the word obedience in Hebrew is "to see the name".
The first son had a "mental lapse" he forgot for a moment who had asked him to work in the vineyard that day. But then; he remembered his father: his character, his great love demonstrated through years of hard work and sacrifice for the family and in that moment he "saw the name". Having seen the name afresh he obeyed what his father had asked of him.
Sawubona is a Zulu greeting which means "I see you".
What sort of impact would it have on my life and your life if we went through everyday using this greeting in our relationship with our God, our family, our work mates and people we might meet in passing.
I believe this greeting carries a powerful message: 'I honour you, I value your God given purpose and I am ready to serve (obey) beside you to the best of my ability.'
I see you!!!!!