Read Deuteronomy 10 – THEREFORE, CHANGE YOUR HEARTS AND STOP BEING STUBBORN. :16 That is from the New Living Translation… Most other versions say CIRCUMCISE THE FORESKIN OF YOUR HEART, and when I read it that way it went a bit over my head. I think the NLT captures the meaning without losing me on a rabbit trail of circumcision. Our chapter illustrates that the LORD’s great love and mercy allows for second chances, changed hearts, and that is the main point of every person’s life… CHANGE YOUR HEART AND STOP BEING STUBBORN!
In our last chapter, Moses broke the tablets of the ten commandments, as Israel broke the law with their idol worship. Then he prayed for Israel and the Lord gave mercy. Now, the Lord has commanded Moses to carve out two new tablets, and make an ark to hold them. God hand wrote the ten commandments once more on the new tablets… he listened to Moses pleas and gave Israel a second chance. (:10)
Verses :12-13 hold the answer to the aged old question, “What does God want from me?” Beloved, fear the LORD your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. Will you be able to do this perfectly? NO, but strive to. You will not meet God’s standard of perfect holiness on your own; you need a Savior. Apart from Jesus, even a humanly good person falls desperately short. Beloved, understand that the law shows you your need for a Savior. The law condemns, but Jesus redeems! Hallelujah for God’s great mercy and love – John 3:16-17 says it all!
The last verse in our chapter :22, reveals that God keeps his promises. He promised Abraham that he would make his offspring as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15:5) while he and his wife were childless – and now they are indeed as numerous as the stars of heaven.
Beloved, in what way is Jesus speaking to your heart?