Wednesday, July 02, 2003
Edifier du Jour-Jeremiah 4:3-4(NASB)
3 For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem, "Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns. 4 "Circumcise yourselves to the LORD And remove the foreskins of your heart, Men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, Or else My wrath will go forth like fire And burn with none to quench it, Because of the evil of your deeds."I think the key part here is the second line of verse four-getting rid of the foreskins of our hearts. The foreskin is what's removed in circumcision. What are we removing when we circumcise our heart? Our sin nature. Not that we don't sin, but a circumcised heart is one that has been dedicated to the Lord. I've gotten people hot and bothered in the past (I still owe Mr. Thienes a reply from two weeks ago) over downplaying church ritual over personal repentance. However, it is still our hearts that need to be overhauled first and foremost, and that is what Jeremiah is getting at.
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