Hear Ye Him

“HEAR YE HIM”

“…Behold,a voice out of the cloud, which said, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him’” (Matt. 17:5)

     INTRO.:  A song which exhorts us to listen to the Son of God in whom He is well pleased is “Hear Ye Him.”  The text was written and the tune was composed both by Kenneth E. Thomas.  I do not know when and where he was born or anything about his family background.  However, I do know that his wife’s name was Dee and that he became a gospel preacher affiliated with the churches of Christ.  Also, I never knew him personally, heard him speak, nor even met him, but through the years, I recall reading many articles written by him in various bulletins mailed by churches of Christ and religious papers published by those associated with churches of Christ.  In doing some research and seeking further information about him, I did come across the following facts.

One individual told me that she knew Kenneth in Northern Illinois when she was a teenager.  According to the March 7, 1963, issue of the Gospel Guardian, Thomas had recently moved from Kirkland, IL, and begun work with the Oak Grove church of Christ between Jasper and Jennings, FL, on Highway 41.  She also said that later he preached in Brooksville, FL, and that after her father died, he asked her mother to come to Brooksville and meet a widower there.  She did, and Ken married them. According to the March 16, 1989, issue of Guardian of Truth, Thomas was located in Bradenton, FL, at that time.  “Hear Ye Him” was copyrighted in 1996.  The music was arranged by R. J. Stevens (1927-2012).  I do not recall exactly how I came to have a copy of the song, but there may have been a notice about it in a religious paper or on an e-mail list to which I responded and thus received one in the mail.

Then by December 3-5, 1998, when a debate was held in Peoria, IL, between David Beck, a gospel preacher located with the church of Christ that meets at Paris Ave. in Peoria, and Nadir Ahmed, head of the Islamic Student Society of Bradley University, the moderator was Ken Thomas, identified as a gospel preacher located in Pekin, IL   As late as April 4, 2007, an Illinois newspaper obituary reported that “Evangelist Kenneth E. Thomas” officiated at the funeral of Wilburn Chism of Pekin, IL, who was a member of the Pekin Church of Christ.  Ken may also have served as one of the elders there.  Sometime after that, Thomas moved to Franklin, NC, where he labored with the Westside church of Christ.  I have been told that he and his wife Dee have both passed away in recent years, but I cannot find the exact time or place. He is not the same as Kenneth L. Thomas who preaches with the Leeville Church of Christ in Wilson County, TN, and has also written a song, “Soul Food.”

The song expresses several reasons why we should make sure that we hear Jesus.

I. According to stanza 1, we should listen because He is the way

He is the way, He’s the truth and the life—

“Hear ye Him.”

Following Jesus just has to be right—

“Hear ye Him.”

  1. Jesus said that He alone is the way, the truth, and the life: Jn. 14:6
  2. Therefore, we should seek to follow Him: Matt. 16:24
  3. Living by faith in Christ has to be right for it is the only way to be accounted righteous: Rom. 4:1-4

II. According to stanza 2, we should listen because He is the head of the body

He is the head of the body, the church—

“Hear ye Him.”

If you would honor Him, follow His word—

“Hear ye Him.”

  1. Christ is the Head of the body: Col. 1:18
  2. This body is identified as the church: Eph. 1:22-23
  3. To have fellowship with Him, we must follow or keep His word: 1 Jn. 2:3-5

III. According to stanza 3, we should listen because He is the Savior

He is the Savior, the church is His bride—

“Hear ye Him.”

It was for us that He was crucified—

“Hear ye Him.”

  1. The Father se nt the Son, Jesus, to be the Savior of the world: 1 Jn. 4:14-15
  2. That of which He is the Savior is the church, His bride: Eph. 5:24-27
  3. To accomplish this, He was crucified or put to death for us: Rom. 5:6-8

IV. According to stanza 4, we should listen because He is our King

We should do service to Jesus our King—

“Hear ye Him.”

It was for us that He gave everything—

“Hear ye Him.”

  1. We should fervent in serving Jesus: Rom. 12:11
  2. This is because He is our King: Rev. 19:16
  3. But to achieve this position, He had to give up everything: Phil. 2:5-11

V. According to stanza 5, we should listen because He is our Master

Our time and money are pledged to His cause—

“Hear ye Him.”

We should be willing to give Him our all—

“Hear ye Him.”

  1. If He is our Master, we should pledge our time to Him: Eph. 5:16
  2. We should also pledge our money to His cause: 2 Cor. 9:6-7
  3. In fact, we should be willing to give Him our all by first giving ourselves: 2 Cor. 8:1-5

VI. According to stanza 6, we should listen because He will take us home to heaven

When He returns He will gather us home—

“Hear ye Him.”

We’ll serve forever around God’s great throne—

“Hear ye Him.”

  1. Someday Jesus will return: Acts 1:9-11
  2. At that time He will gather His people to meet Him in the air: 1 Thess. 4:16-17
  3. Then His servants will sing around His throne forever: Rev. 14:1-3

CONCL.:  The chorus continues to emphasize the importance of hearing the Lord

Hear Him, hear Him;

God gave to Him all the power.

Hear Him, hear Him,

Son of our God most high.

Because Jesus Christ has been given all authority and the Father speaks today through His Son, We should encourage all people, including one another, to “Hear Ye Him.”

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3 thoughts on “Hear Ye Him

  1. Interesting article. I am the Ken Thomas that is mentioned at the end of the article. Kenneth E. suggested to me in a correspondence that it would be good to use our middle initial in order to be differentiated. I had not heard about his decease.

    His song is full of good thoughts. My little song was written as an intro/extro for a radio program, and a missionary in Brazil suggested another stanza to go with it. Maybe before I die I can finish it, and some one might like to sing it!

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  2. Paul Thomas reported: Ken [Thomas] passed away in September of 2016, a few months after his wife, Dee, passed. I did not know him personally. He preached in Pekin Illinois for 10 years and served as an elder before I took over preaching. He moved to South Carolina because of health reasons to be near family. He was close to several members in Pekin and he and his family kept in touch.

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