Heart and Veil

This morning as I was preparing this show and thinking about hanging headliners and how they need to be cut away then I turned my thoughts to my Bible teaching, Appraisal by the real black bookfor today and knew I had been Studying Jeremiah 4 all week; specifically the passage on circumcising your heart in verse 4. When I read that I just shrugged my shoulders and said, “Lord, how in the world do I do that?” So I began to study circumcision and found it to be more that rich with biblical passages. I came to understand the humility of it, the timing of it, (eight days after birth) and with that for the young Jews like Jesus and John the Baptist came their names. But the thing that really grabbed me was in Colossians 2:11.

11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins[a] of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,

Ah ha, I can’t do that myself, Christ did it for me, and as you read further it is also a picture of baptism..  So you may imagine my joy this morning as I was picturing all this along with the drooping headliners as a Christian car guy would. Then BAM! God hit me between the eyes with this understanding: Jesus death on the cross not only rent the veil in the Temple in Jerusalem, it rent the veil of the flesh of my heart. This was my heart circumcision…WOW!!

So what does this have to do with my walk with Christ today? In my view I will steep in this for days. For one thing, now I understand more clearly why Jeremiah told us in verse three not to sow seeds in thorns. With my new heart being the good soil it is weeds grow faster. Also no wonder my heart is so much more tender than before I came to Christ, no wonder I cry so much easier, I am so much more exposed.

That exposure is what I will need to flesh out if you will excuse that very tacky pun over the next days. One thing is for sure. He did it and I need to take Jeremiah’s advice and plow the new ground of my heart sowing good seed that will bear good fruit… Seedy choices have to be left behind so to speak!!!!