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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hardened

Tempered glass is a good thing.  It is hardened, it is safer, it does not break as easily.  Hardened steel has many uses.  It is good for locks, it is great for tools, it is difficult to break or cut, so for security applications it is really good.
How do we respond to God.  Thoughts at DTTB.
Hardened hearts are not so good.  I ran across that concept today in Matthew 19:8, the Pharisees were up to their favorite pastime of trying to trip up Jesus – you think they would learn.  They had it figured out.  They would get Him with divorce.  So they asked if anyone could divorce, knowing that Christ would quote Genesis 2 and then they would “blindside” Him with Moses’ law on divorce.  But they did not succeed.

Christ told them that the Law was added because they had hardened their hearts toward God.  I have not completed my study of this but the indications are that stubborn and hardened are closely related.

The implications are vast here.  They seem to be falling under the mercy and grace of God.  We as a people are not as responsive to Him as we should be – I am speaking for myself now.  As stubborn hardened people we tend to do our own thing.  God seems to be giving us some room to be stubborn while He continues to pursue us.

While that seems really gracious of Him, it did not work out so well for Pharaoh when he hardened his heart against God in Exodus 8:15 (yes I know that both God and Pharaoh are credited with hardening Pharaoh’s heart).

As a people we are always looking for loopholes in the Bible.  If we do not find them, we make them.  That was what Matthew 5 – 7 was all about, Christ closing the loopholes the Pharisees had created in the Law.  It seems to me that the better course of action is to soften my heart toward God.  The only way I know to do that is to prayerfully spend time in His Word.

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