Psalms: 40, 54
Old Testament: Deut 10:12-22
New Testament: Hebrews 4:11-16

Circumcise, then, the foreskin of your heart, and do not be stubborn any longer. (Deut. 10:16)

Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

So I’m posting now because I haven’t had access to a computer until now…..but anyways, on to the reflection 🙂

It’s not too often that I include two Bible verses for contemplation in the same post…..but I think they are related; especially for us as Gentile inheritors of the Gospel.

In our first reading, the question God addresses is: “What does the LORD require?” While the Law is upheld as something which needs to be followed, there is something deeper being hinted at.

In telling the Israelites to circumcise the foreskin of the heart, God is looking for relationship

The individual acts of obedience to statue and ordinance are good……but they are meant to lead to something deeper. A faith lived out, not in the hope of being rewarded…….but lived out with a sense of gratitude and a genuine desire to be close to God.

But how do we…..so far removed from the LORD’s great signs and wonders in Egypt and Calvary, come to believe??? The answer is the Word of God….both in its written form and in the Word that comes to us in the silent movements of the Holy Spirit.

The Christian story has been passed on through the words of Scripture. As North American Christians, we have no other source material. On one level, as Gentile inheritors, we literally take it on the authority of others that the Gospel story is true…we have no choice….especially in light of the plethora of interpretations that came as part of the Protestant Reformation.

On the other hand, we have the Word of God in Scripture…..a text that we can go to for ourselves……to study and critique and question for ourselves…….a process that can crack open our hearts, and let the Light permeate our darkness. +