Words from the Heart for Tuesday March 9th, 2021
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Matthew 5:8 (NIV)
Pure in Heart
Formed in Israel in the late 1980s, the Lev Tahor group sits on the extreme edge of the Jewish tradition; the 200 or so members have an uncompromising interpretation of religious doctrine, one that allegedly includes child marriage. Their strict practices have put them in conflict with authorities in four countries including Canada, prompting the members to hop the globe for safe haven. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the country’s press has dubbed Lev Tahor the “Jewish Taliban.” Ironically, Lev Tahor means “pure heart.”
Not much in this life is pure. We have certainly become aware of this in these days of pandemic. We do all we can to avoid contracting this disease. When Covid-19 was first announced, people were even washing off every package they bought at the grocery store. If it is true that impurity is common on the outside – how many times have you washed your hands today – it is even more true on the inside. So how can Jesus teach in Matthew 5:8: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” The Bible is very clear that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Romans 3:10 says that none are righteous, not one. So, does this mean that no one can see God? The answer is that without Jesus, that would be true. But He is the great spiritual game changer. When we repent of our sin – admit to God that we are sinful but want to turn our back on sin – and put our trust in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on our behalf on the cross, He removes our sin. His presence in us makes us pure. Then we see God.
These have been words from the heart.