February 23 “What’s the condition of your heart?”

What’s the condition of your heart? Has the truth really penetrated and taken root? Are things that don’t matter for eternity preventing real spiritual growth? Is the seed bearing fruit?

condition of your heart

Today’s Readings:
Leviticus 15 & 16
Psalm 26.6-12
Proverbs 10.8
Mark 4.1-20

Leviticus 15 & 16:

Only the blood of Christ

Chapter 16 covers the Day of Atonement. This was to be done annually because no matter how detailed the law for specific sins and sacrifices, there were continual sins of the heart and life, known and unknown, which were not covered. And it had to be done every year because the blood of bulls and goats didn’t do away with sin, only covered it temporarily.

Only the blood of Christ can do away with our sin permanently and allow us to have fellowship with God. Jesus was temporarily separated from God the Father when He cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?” (Matt. 27.46), so that we could be united with Him permanently.

Psalm 26.6-12:

Because of His sinless life

Verses 6 & 11, “I will wash my hands in innocence; so I will go about Your altar, O Lord, … But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; redeem me and be merciful to me.” Again this is not a claim of innocence based on David’s own merit, but a recognition that it is through God and His mercy that we are redeemed. But we must first acknowledge that we are sinners, unable to redeem ourselves, accept the truths of the gospel that Jesus lived a sinless life so that he could be that final sacrifice, that He died in our place, and that He rose again so that we could be raised to new life, no longer separated from God. That’s the only way David could or any of us can “stand in an even place” with confident faith and trust in the Lord. Continue reading