Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Preparing for Easter ~ Mark of God on the Heart

[God...made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of JesusHebrews 13:20 MSG
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore the visible evidence that identifies us as faithful followers of Jesus. Can others see Jesus in our lives? ~ Donna Oswalt]

It's the mark of God on your heart. . . Romans 2:25-29 MSG

For centuries the Israelites use circumcision as a mark of their covenant with God, beginning with Abraham. Don't forget, however, that God makes His covenant with Abraham BEFORE he is circumcised, not because. This is a mark that distinguishes God's people from foreigners, Still today, as over many years, this mark of God remains important to the Jewish people. 

When Jesus redeems the soul, His grace covers our sins, and we are baptized as our symbol or mark of our relationship with Christ. Circumcision as an outward mark is no longer necessary; rather, God wants our hearts to be circumcised, wants our heart's inward promise to mark our faith in Him.
  • Read Genesis 17 for the account of God's covenant with Abraham.
  • Jeremiah 4:4 says to "circumcise your lives for God"; Deuteronomy 6:5 explains. What does this mean?

Lord, You are greater than anything or anyone. You alone are worthy of Worship. I want the world to know I love You, I trust You, and depend on You. - dho

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