A Heart to Know
Tags: circumcision, forgiveness, heart, provision, repentance, salvation
Thought for the Week:
"Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways..." (Deuteronomy 10:12) What does it mean to walk in God's ways? It means that we are to imitate the ways of God, in as much as we are able. The commandment to imitate God is one of the most fundamental principles of the life of faith. The Master expresses the idea, encouraging us to imitate God, "That you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:45)
In Deuteronomy 29, Moses laments that even though Israel has experienced God's great salvation and seen His miracles and wondrous provision in the wilderness, they still have not been "given a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear." (Deuteronomy 29:4) Why would Israel, after seeing all of this and experiencing God in such a tangible and intimate way, be in need of reproof or warning at all? Why wouldn't they henceforth follow God wholeheartedly? Because their hearts are not whole. Their hearts, like all human hearts, are wayward. Thus Moses pleads with them, "So keep the words of…
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