To Hear and Obey

In this day and age there are many voices clamoring to be heard. Everyone has an answer and an opinion. But what if there were only one voice to be heard? Only one opinion? I along with other like minded people have been seeking, knocking and asking. For a surety there are two voices speaking in the world today. One voice is saying "take your life in your own hands as you see your own needs". The other voice is saying "give up your life, follow me, give me control of your life". The first voice mentioned here seems to be the most popular. So the obvious decision here is to hear the second voice "give up your life" and go with the minority. For with this voice if we follow will lead to a very narrow road. This road is not the scenic route either. Most maps will tell you that it doesn't even exist. In fact if you travel this path everyone around you will do everything in their power to get you off of it. I sincerely hope you have already made a decision to take this road, and since so few choose it may we see each other often in the fellowship on it. If you have not made this decision I pray that you would follow this journey. Shalom, Chris

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Definition of heart (Wholehearted)

              The word heart. We know it's an organ that pumps blood. Yet this word appears over 800 times in The Scriptures. I haven't searched out every one of those, but I haven't been able to find even 1 that fits the definition above. If you were to look up the definition you might get any number of things. Here are the Strong's concordance definitions.

1) inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding
a) inner part, midst
1) midst (of things)
2) heart (of man)
3) soul, heart (of man)
4) mind, knowledge, thinking, reflection, memory
5) inclination, resolution, determination (of will)
6) conscience
7) heart (of moral character)
8) as seat of appetites
9) as seat of emotions and passions
10) as seat of courage

Wow, so many different things. So how are we to know which one applies? I guess it would be up to interpretation.
In Hebrew the word is so much more simple in the picture it shows. There are only 2 letters, the lamed and the bet. Here is what they look like in paleo-Hebrew.
From right to left, the lamed is the picture of a shepards staff and represents authority.
The second letter is the picture of a house and represents the idea of being inside as the family resides within the tent. When combined they mean "the authority within"

So now we will look at it in the context of scripture. First looking at an evil or wicked heart.

Gen 6:5  And יהוה saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Jer 17:9  “The heart is crooked above all, and desperately sick – who shall know it?
Jer 17:10  “I, יהוה, search the heart, I try the kidneys, and give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.
Jer 7:24  “But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in the counsels, in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.
Jer 16:12  ‘And you have done more evil than your fathers, for look, each one walks according to the stubbornness of his own evil heart, without listening to Me.
Jer 18:12  But they shall say, “It is no use! For we walk according to our own plans, and we do each one the stubbornness of his evil heart.
Jer 23:17  “They keep on saying to those who despise Me, ‘יהוה has said you shall have peace.’ And to all who walk according to the stubbornness of their own heart they say, ‘No evil comes upon you.’ ”

The Strongs definitions to me don't really work here. But i believe the Ancient Hebrew does. These people who are described here refuse to recognize YHWH as the "authority within"

In this study there is one person who I am going to focus on here, and that is Pharoah.

Exo 4:21  And יהוה said to Mosheh, “As you go back to Mitsrayim, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh which I have put in your hand. But I am going to harden his heart, so that he does not let the people go.
Exo 7:13  And Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as יהוה had said.

In regards to this story the word "leb(heart) appears 21 times from Ex 4:21 to Ex 14:8. Anyone who has read these passages over and over in the Torah portions should know that YHWH was judging the "gods who are not gods" of Egypt. Pharaoh wanted instead to be worshiped as the authority that he believed came from himself. I wanted to get this part out of the way to go on to the beautiful pictures that YHWH has put in His Word for those who desire to be "wholehearted" unto Him. To love Him with all their heart (leb), soul and might. So for next time "a man after YHWH'S own heart".  Shalom

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