|Deuteronomy 30:1-6 |
1 [Moses speaking]. "And it shall come to pass, when all these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you will call them to mind among all the nations, where the LORD your God has driven you,
2 And shall return to the LORD your God, and shall obey his voice according to all that I command you this day, you and your children, with all your heart, and with all your soul;
3 That then the LORD your God will turn your captivity, and have compassion upon you, and will return and gather you from all the nations, where the LORD your God has scattered you.
4 If any of you are driven out to the outmost parts of [under] the sky, from there will the LORD your God gather you, and from there will he bring you back.
5 And the LORD your God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you will possess it; and he will do you good, and multiply you above your fathers.
6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live.1
1 The LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed [children], to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live. Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart you men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, lest my fury come forth like fire and burn so that none can quench it because of the evil of your doings. Jer 4:4.
Notice! Even the Old Testament screams that our hearts must be circumcised, our hearts must be cleansed, our hearts must be purified. The sin must be cut out of our hearts by the circumcising sword of the Spirit of God. For he is not a Jew, who is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. Rom 2:28-29.
The outward circumcision was only the beginning step: to receive the favor of God and then be able to hear his voice, obey it, and with persistence to receive the circumcised heart; then and only then is one able to love the Lord with all your heart, and all your soul: The LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed [children], to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live. Deu 30:6.
Isaac Penington speaks of experiencing the circumcision of his heart in his writing, The Holy Truth Defended:
"For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh." It is a precious thing to witness this scripture fulfilled in the heart; to experience that there, which inwardly circumcises, which cuts off the foreskin of the heart, which lies over it and veils it, until it is cut off by the inward appearance of the life and power of the Lord Jesus Christ inwardly revealed. Then when this is done, I can truly and sensibly say, I am a Jew inward. How so? How can that is proved? Why, I am inwardly circumcised. I have felt that within which circumcises the heart, and have borne the inward pain and cutting thereof, and am circumcised by it. That which stood between me and the Lord is cut off, the veil has been taken away, my stiff-necked and rebellious nature to God removed, the wall of separation is inwardly broken down, and now I am in true unity of Spirit and communion with my God, even with the Father, and the Son, in that One Holy Spirit by which they are One.