Words from the Heart for Wednesday January 6th, 2021
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
Deuteronomy 11:18 (NIV)
In Your Hearts
According to the University of Manitoba International Centre webpage introducing the province to potential international students, “Located in the heart of Canada, Manitoba is an exciting place to live, learn and explore. Manitoba is known for its pristine nature, beautiful landscape, vibrant culture and friendly people. While living in Manitoba, you will have the opportunity to experience all four seasons and enjoy the great outdoors. Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital, is home to 811,900 people and more than 100 ethnic groups speaking over 80 languages.”
The temptation of Eve in the Garden of Eden began with a question. It’s the first question in the Bible – the devil begins by asking Eve “did God really say?” He has been putting doubt into the minds of people about the trustworthiness of God’s Word ever since. He knows that if he can get us to waver on trusting the Bible, he can lead us to doubt anything that God says, and maybe even doubt God exists. For this reason, early on God called His people to keep His word in their mind and hearts. Deuteronomy 11:18 says this: “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” Orthodox Jews take this command completely literally. They tie little boxes called phylacteries around their heads as a symbol of having God’s Word in their heads. This isn’t what God is asking. He wants His people to study and memorize His Word, so that God can bring it to our memory when we need it. King David understood this and wrote in Psalm 119:11: “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Have you?
These have been words from the heart.