UNDERSTANDING THE SCRIPTURES (17)

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5

LIGHT FOR NOW: A heart that is hardened is not a heart that is hard literally, but a heart that has chosen not to be persuaded by a truth or message.

In unbundling verse 8 of Matthew 19 to support that unbelief was the reason for Deuteronomy 24:1-5 and in fact the entirety of the laws of Moses which were over 613 laws, we thus came to see that the statement “Hardness of heart” in Matthew 19:8 referred to their perception and it was referred to by the writer of Hebrews as unbelief in the gospel. The writer of Hebrews will therefore be critical in this explanation. In Hebrews 3, the writer echoes “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? Was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believe not?” (Hebrews 3:14-18).

The writer of Hebrews explained further in chapter 4, it reads “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that hard it” (Hebrews 4:1-2). In essence, the Jews were hardened, they were in unbelief. Mark’s account equally used it, it reads “Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen” (Mark 16:14). Note, in Mark’s account also where we have hardness of heart explained as unbelief, their unbelief was in his resurrection. Thus, hardness of heart is used to describe unbelief of the truth; that is, what was spoken was not accepted; it is a response to a message. Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION: Handle the bible with care in your reading and interpretation of it.

PRAYER: I declare that insight and understanding is made available as I study through, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: A hardened heart is not a persuaded heart and not a hard heart in literal terms.

DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 3; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 4

Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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