Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 15, 2014

“I will put My laws upon their heart, And on their mind I will write them”

Today’s Scripture comes from Deuteronomy 11:18-25.

“18 “You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul;  and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.  19 You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.  20 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens remain above the earth.  22 For if you are careful to keep all this commandment which I am commanding you to do, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and hold fast to Him, 23 then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you.  24 Every place on which the sole of your foot treads shall be yours; your border will be from the wilderness to Lebanon, and from the river, the river Euphrates, as far as the western sea.  25 No man will be able to stand before you;  the Lord your God will lay the dread of you and the fear of you on all the land on which you set foot, as He has spoken to you.”  Deuteronomy 11:18-25.


The LORD our Almighty God and Faithful Father continues to do for us what we could not do.  Generally, as the Heidelberg Catechism teaches, He “will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body”.  Question and Answer 26.  Specifically, as today’s devotion shows, He puts His laws upon our hearts and writes them on our minds.  He puts His Spirit within us and causes us to walk in His statutes and to be careful to observe His ordinances.

“But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the Lord, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the Lord, “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”  Jeremiah 31:33-34.

“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;  and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.  You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers;  so you will be My people, and I will be your God.”  Ezekiel 36:26-28.

“This is the covenant that I will make with them
After those days, says the Lord:
I will put My laws upon their heart,
And on their mind I will write them,”

He then says,

“And their sins and their lawless deeds
I will remember no more.”  Hebrews 10:16-17.



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