Saturday, October 03, 2009
Exile, Circumcised Hearts and Christ
Reformed Forum has a fascinating discussion (after the first 5 minutes for book reviews) on the promise of return from exile and the disappointment of Ezra-Nehemiah in return, for it was not the full fulfillment to come 400 years later in Christ.
Also, an interesting exploration of the tension of Circumcision of the heart as command:
Deu 10:16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn.
And circumcision of the heart as promise:
Deu 30:6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.
That the command of the requirement for Israel of obedience to get the promise, must be given by God in His promise before the stipulation may be met. God demands, yet God gives all that He demands. I would add, the only one to perfectly circumcise his heart is Christ, the True Israel, and His obedience grants us the promise of a circumcised heart.