Thursday, September 8, 2011

He Should be IN Your Heart! - Where is Jesus Part 3

Proverbs 7: 2 - 3 (AMP) "Keep my commandments and live, and keep my law and teaching as the apple (the pupil) of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart."

I got some awesome advice in a book, Good News for Those Trying Harder, by Alan Kraft, that suggested that when I read the bible daily, with the attitude of Finding Jesus, rather than duty, I would enjoy the journey.  He was right. Especially the old Testament. When I first welcomed Jesus into my heart, the Bible came alive when I read it.  It was this kind of change that occurred when I started reading the Bible looking for Jesus. (For more on Finding Jesus in the Bible, read Part 1 and/or Part 2)

This one is really easy.  First, "apple of my eye," according to the Amplified Translation, simply means as the pupil of your eye.  In other words, you can NOT miss it, since you look right at it every time you look at anything.  Obviously Jesus preached the Law, as in "Love the Lord your God .... and your neighbor as yourself ...." but that is far too distant of a connection for me.

Bind them on your fingers, according to "Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible," means wear the law like a fine jewel, as in, on a ring on your finger. Doing this will always keep it before your eyes.  Solomon is suggesting to his sons that they always keep the Law before them, more important than even jewels that they own.  Still not really something you can say, Wow, I found Jesus here.

But the Solomon says, "write them on the tablet of your heart."   Ding, Ding, Ding.  

Hebrews 8:9-10 (AMP)  "It will not be like the covenant that I made with their forefathers on the day when I grasped them by the hand to help and relieve them and to lead them out from the land of Egypt, for they did not abide in My agreement with them, and so I withdrew My favor and disregarded them, says the Lord.
    For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their minds, even upon their innermost thoughts and understanding, and engrave them upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."

And how did that come to us?  How was the new covenant delivered and written on our hearts?

2 Corinthians 3:3 - "You show and make obvious that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, not written with ink but with [the] Spirit of [the] living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts."

Ah ha!  I found Jesus.

Pretty Cool. I you want to read the book that brought this awesome way of finding Jesus, and made the Bible fun to read, buy the book.  Worth the money and time.


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