Deuteronomy 32:44-52 Deut 32
10. a. The affection, passion, intention, desire, and purpose of our hearts are of primary importance to God—
Definition of heart from Webster’s 1828 dictionary—
The seat of the affections and passions, as of love, joy, grief, enmity, courage, pleasure etc.
The heart is deceitful above all things. Every imagination of the thoughts of the heart is evil continually. We read of an honest and good heart and an evil heart of unbelief, a willing heart a heavy heart sorrow of heart a hard heart a proud heart a pure heart The heart faints in adversity, or under discouragement, that is, courage fails; the heart is deceived, enlarged, reproved, lifted up, fixed, established, moved, etc.
The seat of the will; hence, secret purposes, intentions or designs. There are many devices in a man’s heart The heart of kings is unsearchable. The Lord tries and searches the heart David had it in his heart to build a house of rest for the ark.
Sometimes heart is used for the will, or determined purpose.
The heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Ecclesiastes 8:5.
- Deut 32 : 46 & Deut 4:29—“Set your minds and hearts on (or take to heart) all the words I have given you today.” “…you will find Him (the Lord) if you [truly] seek Him with all your heart [and mind] and soul and life.” AMP
- Deut 6:5—“…love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being and with all your might.” AMP
- Deut 10:12— Fear, walk, love, and “serve the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being,” AMP
- Deut 11:13—”love the Lord your God and to serve Him with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being” AMP
- Deut 11:18—“Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds, bind them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a symbol on your foreheads.” HCSB
- Deut 13:3—The Lord said He would test Israel to see if they truly loved Him with all their hearts and minds.
- Deut 30:6—The Lord said He would cut away the hardness around their hearts and the hearts of their descendants so they would love Him with all their hearts and beings so that they would live.
b. Since taking God’s word to heart—
I’m reluctant to answer this question. Sharing my past family, church, and friend outcomes would not encourage you.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve endured several church splits, burnout, twenty-three years of abuse and persecution by my ex-husband who backslid soon after we married, tainted ministries with pastors and leaders who suffered from depression, nervous breakdowns, affairs, and worse.
Thankfully, through it all, somehow I’ve learned to trust in and depend on God.
The world offers no solution for a broken heart or a disillusioned spirit.
But the Lord my God always comes to me in the darkest moments to reassure me of His loving-kindness, His faithfulness, His grace, His mercy, His compassion, and His provision.
He reminds me of the promises found in His word. What a blessing!
He also leads me to resources like BSF and other Bible teachers. The result has been deeper understanding and healing.
I sincerely hope I have blessed and encouraged others along the way even when it seems unlikely.
11. My response to Deut 32:47 and John 6:63—
- Deut 32:47—The instructions God gave Israel were not empty or worthless words. Their very lives depended on obedience to them.
- John 6:63—The Holy Spirit is the one who gives us life. The God-breathed words of truth are Spirit and they are life!
We are so blessed to live under the new covenant! We have the Holy Spirit with us to teach us, counsel us, guide us, convict us, etc. 50 Things the Holy Spirit Does
12. a. Moses’ offense that kept him from entering the Promised Land—
The time Moses became enraged and broke the first stone tablets seems like a greater offense to me. Exodus 32:19
Also, Moses repented every time.
Although God forgave Moses, God still didn’t allow him to enter the Promised Land (until the Transfiguration).
My four thoughts about why God made that decision:
- God knew what was in Moses’ heart each time he behaved inappropriately. We don’t.
- Moses was more spiritually mature when the latter offense occurred.
- Moses was held to a higher standard of accountability due to his leadership position.
- Moses damaged God’s reputation. By letting him get away with it, it set a bad precedent.
b. The number one area my thinking needs to change is trust.
Every moment of every day no matter what is happening, I want to say and truly mean, “I trust You, Lord!”
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 NLT
Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;
And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],
And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 AMP
Amen, so be it!
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