Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 3, 2014

“We have stony hearts! If only God would Himself write all the words of this law on our stony hearts!!”

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 27:1-10.

“Then Moses and the elders of Israel charged the people, saying, “Keep all the commandments which I command you today.   So it shall be on the day when you cross the Jordan to the land which the Lord your God gives you, that you shall set up for yourself large stones and coat them with lime and write on them all the words of this law, when you cross over, so that you may enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, the God of your fathers, promised you.  So it shall be when you cross the Jordan, you shall set up on Mount Ebal, these stones, as I am commanding you today, and you shall coat them with lime.  Moreover, you shall build there an altar to the Lord your God, an altar of stones;  you shall not wield an iron tool on them.  You shall build the altar of the Lord your God of uncut stones, and you shall offer on it burnt offerings to the Lord your God;  and you shall sacrifice peace offerings and eat there, and rejoice before the Lord your God.  You shall write on the stones all the words of this law very distinctly.”

Then Moses and the Levitical priests spoke to all Israel, saying, “Be silent and listen, O Israel!  This day you have become a people for the Lord your God.  You shall therefore obey the Lord your God, and do His commandments and His statutes which I command you today.”   Deuteronomy 27:1-10.


We have repeatedly seen through Scripture that God required certain things to be done in order to point to a future hope.  In today’s Scripture, it seems to me that God would be pleased if Israel would meditate on this difficult, nearly impossible, task of writing all the words of the law on stones and if Israel would humble themselves and think:  “We have stony hearts!  If only God would Himself write all the words of this law on our stony hearts!!”  

And, this is exactly what God said and did.

“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.”  Jeremiah 31:33.  See also Hebrews 8:10 and Hebrews 10:16.

“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.”  Ezekiel 36:26-27.

Other doctrine is proud.  It looks inward to its alleged free-will and claims:  “We are good and wise.  We can know, remember, and obey this law.”

But, Reformed Doctrine is humble as shown by its first point “Total Depravity” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  In essence, when Reformed Doctrine proclaims “Total Depravity”, Reformed Doctrine humbly proclaims:  “We have stony hearts!  If only God would Himself write all the words of this law on our stony hearts!!”

“My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.”  Psalm 34:2.


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