What’s the condition of your heart toward God and His Word? 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?
Leviticus 15 & 16
What’s the Condition of Your Heart?
The Parable of the Sower
The Parable of the Sower is perhaps the most important of Jesus’ parables. Jesus Himself said:
“Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?” (v. 13).
In it Jesus talks about four kinds of soils and relates them to the receptivity of our hearts to the gospel and God’s Word.
What kind of soil is your heart?
Is it the hard, often trod, wayside where it’s hard for truth to take root? Have you allowed the birds to come and snatch away the seeds because they never penetrated the soil?
Is it rocky ground? Do you let trouble and persecution keep the seed from growing and taking root? Are you more worried about what others might think?
Maybe the ground of your heart is crowded with thorns and thistles that use up the energy you need to become fruitful. Have you let the cares of this world (worry and anxiety) the deceitfulness of riches (always trying to get ahead) or the desires for other things (wanting what you want) to choke the Word so it bears little fruit?
Or are you good ground, someone who accepts the Word, believes it, trusts in it and allows it to bear much fruit? Praying that you are!
Today’s Other Readings:
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. It 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.
Because of His Sinless Life
Verses 6 & 11, 12, “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. 12 My foot stands in an even place; In the congregations I will bless the Lord.“
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, and accept the truths of the Gospel. 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.
A Prating Fool
“The wise in heart will receive commands, but a prating fool will fall.”
The wise man or woman is teachable. She listens to wise counsel and doesn’t see herself as always right. On the other hand, “… a prating fool will fall.” The fool doesn’t stop talking long enough to really listen to what someone else is saying. Even when the other person is talking, she is thinking about what she will say next.
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