Beautiful Treasure or Deceitfully Wicked?
That is an interesting question concerning the heart. What have you been taught? What have you taught your children? Have you heard or read those who treat the heart like a beautiful treasure? Like it is something that must be guarded and protected from the evil out in the world, protected from the evil of others?
But what does the Bible say about the heart? That is what is most important consideration even if it is contrary to whatever you’ve been told before.
So what is the heart?
Oh, we all know that physically it is the muscular organ that pumps our blood through our bodies.
But seriously when we speak of “Guarding or keeping our heart” surely we aren’t speaking of that physical bodily organ.
How about we start at the beginning. Always a good place to start don’t you think?
Genesis 6:5 (ESV)
5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6 And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.
Now that helps. The heart has thoughts, but not only that but man’s thoughts of the heart are continually evil. The Lord was grieved in His heart over the condition of man. So far then the heart has thoughts, sin and emotions.
Technically the word translated as heart in the Bible has multiple meanings but most often it is the inner man, the will, or the mind that is meant even when using the word heart.
If you jump ahead to Psalms we get to pondering in our heart.
Psalms 4:4 (ESV) Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah
Pondering is mulling over, considering before making a decision.
Proverbs 21:4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin.
Here we see that pride comes from the heart.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
Now this verse is very important for understanding the heart. See our hearts are deceitful and sick.
Now those were all Old Testament. Let’s look at the New Testament.
20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him.
21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.
23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Now see even in the NT the heart is the source for evil thoughts, sins, and wickedness. The things that come from the heart defile a person. Not what others do to you but what actually comes from your own heart.
Do you realize the importance of that? We are not defiled by the sins of others. We are defiled by the sins from our own hearts.
Matthew 12:34 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
So far where is anything relating the heart to being a beautiful treasure?
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