Writing God’s Word in or on our hearts Spiritual Training Part 13
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"Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him."
Consider the following commentary.
Hebrews 8:6-13 (Also Hebrews 10:16)
(1.) God articles with his people that he will put his laws into their minds and write them in their hearts, v. 10. He once wrote his laws to them, now he will write his laws in them; that is,
(2.) he will give them understanding to know and to believe his law;
(3.) he will give them memories to retain them;
(4.) he will give them hearts to love them and
(5.) consciences to recognize them;
(6.) he will give them courage to profess them and
(7.) power to put them in practice;
(8.) the whole habit and frame of their souls shall be a table and transcript of the law of God.
(9.) This is the foundation of the covenant; and, when this is laid, duty will be done wisely, sincerely, readily, easily, resolutely, constantly, and comfortably.
(from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible, PC Study Bible Formatted Electronic Database Copyright © 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All Rights reserved.)
Four preview clips of this teaching. (Part 13)
(1) A closer look at Ecclesiastes 12:9-10.
“Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging proverbs with great care. 10 The Preacher sought to find pleasing words, and uprightly he wrote words of truth."
(2) Two very important questions.
(3) The heart vs. the Computer. (Watch the video below)
(4) Last question
Writing God’s Word in or on our hearts is the key.
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”
“My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart.”
2 Corinthians 3:2-3
“You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”
“THE LORD said to Moses, Cut two tables of stone like the first, and I will write upon these tables the words that were on the first tables, which you broke.”
“And the Lord said to Moses, Write these words, for after the purpose and character of these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.
28 Moses was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he ate no bread and drank no water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
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Two Valuable Resources:
"The Bible says, “My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.” (Psalm 45:1). What does this pen of the tongue actually write on? Not paper or clay tablets, obviously. No, this pen writes on hearts. You can use this pen to write on your own heart. How? By meditating on the Word of God." (Continue with resource #1)
"It is not enough to attend religious services each Sunday. The law of God must be written on our hearts. Paul told the believers at Corinth that they were a letter of Christ, “written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart” (2 Corinthians 3:2, 3).
When God’s law is written on our hearts, it permeates our whole being: it influences our thoughts, words and actions. (Continue with resource #2)