Recently, I have been studying the book of Genesis and the book of Matthew. It’s been a great study so far. And so interesting to me all the parallels in the themes from the first book of the Old Testament and the first book of the New Testament. The biggest one I have pulled out is – the heart. Since the beginning of men and women, God has always been concerned with our hearts.
Starting with Noah’s time, you read that God saw the hearts of the people and that their hearts were evil. That was the purpose of the flood. God was wiping the slate clean. However it didn’t work. Hence the need for our Rescuer.
And in the gospel according to Matthew, Jesus lays out the new laws. He makes us realize that we are not perfect. We easily can break all the 10 commandments in our hearts. We may not murder, but if we have hate for a friend than we have committed murder in our heart. Or what about thinking a sexual thought about the opposite sex? That’s adultery in our hearts, if we are married.
How does it make you feel to know that God can see into your heart? Uncomfortable, squirmy? Yeah, me too. But, it’s the truth. God can see what our heart intentions are by every move we make. Thank goodness our Rescuer came and died on the cross for our sins. If we confess that Jesus is Lord of our life, we can cross the bridge to God. Jesus makes us clean.
I don’t know about you, but I needed a Rescuer. And I’m so grateful that thought I’m not perfect, Jesus is. And I am checking my heart now…
If you are a Christ follower, when was the last time you checked your heart?
And if you are in need of a Rescuer, send me a message or comment on this post. I would love to give you more information on freedom!