The heart of the matter is the heart. Jer.4:3,4

Have you ever asked someone to do something and they say`No`?You ask again.They reply`No`.Again you ask.They refuse.You put it to them again.They don`t even listen.They harden their hearts.
Gods people exchanged God for other gods and idols.They committed adultery and went after other lovers.God called them back to Himself however they continually refused.God called on His people to take away `foreskins of their hearts` and cut off from other gods.`Circumcise yourselves to the Lord`Jeremiah4:3,4.Circumcision the cutting off the foreskin was a sign of Gods covenant with Abrahams descendants.Physical circumcision marked them as belonging to God-His people.Jeremiah prophecied that God would punish all the circumcision (Israel/Judah) with all the uncircumcision (Gentiles/pagans) because Israels HEARTS were uncircumcised. Jer.9:26.In the past Moses told Israel to `circumcise the foreskin of your heart and be stiff-necked nolonger`What does the Lord require of His people?To fear Him,to walk in all His ways,to love and serve Him with all their hearts keeping His commands.Deut.10:12-16.The Greatest Commandment is `to love God with all your heart,soul,mind and strength.`God is looking for people with a tender heart of love towards Him.
God gives a certificate of divorce to Israel for continually being unfaithfully.Israels refusal to return resulted in punishment by invading Assyrians.Judah in the south despite seeing what happened to Israel continues to be unfaithful and even during Josiahs reforms they had a return to religious activity but no depth.Judah did not return `with her whole heart but in pretense`. Jer.3:10. God did not want His people to return to a love relationship with Him and hold on to other secret lovers.Is your heart captivated by God?Do I passionately love Him?
Paul in the New Testament taught `he is a Jew who is one inwardly;and circumcision is of the heart,in the Spirit not the letter…`Rom.2:9.`For we are the circumcision who worship God in the Spirit,rejoice in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh`Philippians3:3.God is not concerned with our national identity,religious background,knowledge of theology or religious and traditional observances.They count as nothing.Dung.What counts is a heart captivated by the love of God found in Christ.A heart that loves,trusts,worships and serves Him.

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