This is a tale passed down by Hassidic Jews and relevant to us as believers. You must understand that the Torah is the first five books of the Bible and these are observant, Orthodox Jews, who do not accept Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus would have run into them in His day, and the are still many today. I know Messianic Jews who are winning aging Jews to Jesus, I pray that is true of all believers. I hope our light or rather the light of Jesus can shine in our eyes, so that others may believe as we did. When we hear and believe in Jesus, the horror of His crucifixion, and His love for us, our hearts are broken by the sacrifice of Christ and His words fall in. It is the only time Jesus will break your heart.
Now the story…. Hassidic tradition says A disciple asks the rebbe: or rabbi, “Why does the Torah tell us to ‘place these words upon your hearts’? Why does it not tell us to place these holy words in our hearts?” The rebbe answers: “It is because as we are, our hearts are closed, and we cannot place the holy words in our hearts. So we place them on top of our hearts. And there they stay until, one day, the heart breaks and words fall in. Parker J. Palmer in his book, Healing the Heart of Democracy:
And isn’t true that as we are, sinners, Our haearts are hardened, bitter and even cruel? But when you truly come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior, those holy words melt upon the heart of stone and make it fleshy and tender, His grace is amazing. He pours His Word, His love, His salvation inside it. And the oil of the Holy Spirit is poured upon it, to close and heal the wound. He begins to crown you with loving kindness and blessings.
Jesus’ love is alive in you now, you are free to love as He loved, to speak to God the Father as He did, to pray as He did. God had adopted you as a precious son or daughter and will help you grow in grace and favor.
So how do we as believers sit and break the heart of Jesus on a daily basis, by not seeking Him, trusting Him, obeying Him? How do such broken and healed and restored hearts become calloused, lax, and even begin to harden again? There is but one answer. The enemy has come and sown in doubt. God understands doubt, you’re seeking but you’re not quite there yet. Still, He asks us not to do it. It is hurtful to us. And He has plans for our good and not to harm.
And the wicked one has come because of misunderstanding the Word, the Bible says He comes immediately for our words, our faith words. And yes, he troubles our thoughts with fear and worry. Jesus healed immediately and sometimes as they went, the tormenter would seek to copies Him in the opposite way, he take what we don’t understand immediately and as we go, leaving us in unbelief and the Bible calls that an evil heart.
Can a Christian who’s been broken and brought to his/her knees in prayer have and evil heart? It is in His Word. Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. Hebrewa 3:12
This explains a lot of today’s ills, how children raised in church will go astray, how people gather against each other over old wounds and hate that they never experienced personally or just got swept up in. It explains the enemies tactics to divide, nations, races, families, when we all mattered to Him, first the Jews, then the Gentiles.
So let examine our hearts from God’s perspective and become the people He meant us to be, people check their blood pressure, sugar and weight. Let’s check our heart for Jesus, His sweetness in our lives, and lose the weight of a mill stone.
He ovecame for us, His heart beats for us. Shouldn’t we do the same for Him? Do you remember the day He broke your heart? I do, I was eleven. And my heart has never been the same, thanks to the blood of Jesus, and the mercy seat where it sprinkled in heaven. We are about to come into Teshuvah, the forty days before the High Holy Days and the Day of Atonement, the Jewish New Year.
These are days of repentance and then on Yom Kippor, Jesus acts as High Priest goes to the mercy seat. We don’t view time as God does, He is on His calendar. Jewish tradition says it determines if your name is the Book of life another year. It is taught that everyone’s name is there and God takes it out only after exhausting every attempt to redeem you.
But we, as believers can rest easy that ours is forever there, because of the blood of Jesus. There is no need for sacrifice, He is ever covering our sins and short comings, though they have consequences, and certainly if we love Him we don’t want to hurt Him.
I hope you enjoyed this little Hebraic study, I do enjoy them. But now is not necessarily a time for deep studies of Jewish roots, its rathe a time such as this to be prepared and the best way to do that is by examining out hearts and asking Jesus to guard them and guide them. Rebecca Jones