“Bind them on your heart”
God’s word again directs our thoughts to the vital importance of our attitude of “heart” as the most vital thing in our thought processes. We saw in Luke on Saturday that Jesus, “told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart” (18:1).
Today in Proverbs 6, Solomon’s son is told, “My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Bind them on your heart always. When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you … the reproofs of discipline are the way of life … to preserve you …” (verses 20-24).
Our Heavenly Father’s commandments as revealed to us by His Son, are the ultimate guides to our lives, he was Solomon’s ultimate descendent, his father David’s spiritual “Son”. We read soon of how the blind man called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me” (18:38). How much do the spiritually blind today need to cry this out! But they are blind to this need – and it seems harder than ever to encourage them to “see”.
Oh, the wonder of the ‘vision’ for those who do see! Let us make sure it is our vision. In Luke 20 today we saw ‘in vision’ that the time is coming when “those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead … cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection” (verses 35,36).
Jesus ends his discourse with a remarkable statement! “Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for all live to him” (verse 38). The previous verse gives Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as examples of those who “live unto him”.
Peter’s comment springs to mind, he tells us “do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). Those who are “beloved” and who “live to him” therefore take his words and “bind them on their heart” – and move into his perception of time! Therefore, at the resurrection, it will be as though they have had a very brief “sleep”, indeed, they will have had no perception of the passage of time at all. So let us constantly encourage each other to “bind” his word “on [y]our heart” – today, and every day – until the wonder of his coming.