28.5 Moses 28, Day 5

It’s All About God

Why are there so many verses in the bible about the heart?  I think one reason is because God wants our heart.  Not the pumping muscle, but our spirit, our being, our soul.  God does not want mere intellectual acquiescence, He wants a spiritual relationship.  We are souls with a body, not a body with a soul.  God has kept things hidden so that it requires faith, it requires trust, it requires heart.

God can relate to the broken-hearted.  In Jeremiah 31:32 He refers back to these people of Israel that He is addressing in Deuteronomy and says, “They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife.

God is love.  God loves us, because He is love.  He wants our heart because He wants what is best for us.  God is God, real, true, the rock, faithful, present, personal, love.

And, that is the point of the entire study we have done this year.  We can think about Moses.  We can think about the promised land.  We can feel bad for Moses as he nears death without being allowed to enter the promised land.  We can see that as harsh and severe.

But, Moses didn’t do that in these chapters.  Instead, Moses spoke about God.  Everything we have studied in these books of the bible, and frankly everything in the bible, is about God.  That is the point.  It’s not about Moses.  It’s not about Egypt or the wilderness or the promised land.  Its not about you or me.  It is about God.  He is that big that it being all about Him is right and true and accurate.

And, yet, He loves us and allows us to enter a relationship while we are still completely sinful and broken and with the knowledge that we will fail and cheat and dishonor Him.  We will break His heart and He will mend ours.  He will dwell among us and take us as His children and give us peace.  And He Will Be Our God.

When Jesus comforted His apostles in the upper room before His crucifixion He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

But we live in times where all too often Jesus, instead of being the center of the church, is being pushed outside of the church.  Sadly, from scripture, that picture of the heart, too, is foretold.  Revelation 3:20 paints a haunting image.  In a rebuke of the church it notes “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”.  Instead of being inside, at the center, Jesus is outside knocking for anyone to hear His voice and open the door.  And, yet, even then – He knocks!

 

My Answers:

10.
a.
take heart, seek with heart, love with heart, serve with heart, words in heart, listen with heart, circumcised hearts.  God is Love.  He wants not mental or physical acquiescence but a full relationship.

b.
Obedience always follows.  Faith grows, service grows, strength grows, love grows, blessings grow.  Testing and challenges still happen.  Difficult times can come, but God’s strength is great.

11.
The Word of God (Jesus) is the gateway to salvation.  The Holy Spirit then comes to fill the believer and bring us closer to holiness.

12.
a.
It was time to turn the page to new leadership.  Moses had brought them to the Promised Land.  He was honored best at this moment

b.
It’s not about Moses – it is all about God.

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