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Circumcision of the heart

Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn (Deut. 10:16 ESV).

The circumcision of the heart showing a heart in leaves

As they were getting ready to enter the promised land, Moses instructed the Israelites to circumcise the foreskin of their hearts. He gave this instruction so they would no longer be stubborn. Why did Moses talk about their stubbornness just before entering the promised land?

Anyone who has read the Old Testament story of Israel’s journey from Egypt to the promised land, will understand why Moses cautioned the Israelites about their stubbornness! The key lesson in Moses warning, is in the reason behind their stubbornness, rebellion, and inability to obey God’s commandments. Their hearts were hardened and uncircumcised. The uncircumcised heart refers to the unregenerate human spirit, which by it’s very nature, is rebellious, and unable to live by God’s will.

In reality, the Israelites could do nothing about their hardened hearts, because that was the frustration of the law. The law could not change their hearts. Moses was speaking prophetically about the new creatures God would create in Christ.

The Apostle Paul said “But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God“ (Rom. 2:29 ESV). When you received Christ, the Spirit of God circumcised your heart, as He recreated a new spirit inside you. You can keep God’s commandments, because you were circumcised, not with human hands, but by the Spirit of God!


Can you think of anyone else in the Old Testament who spoke prophetically about the creation of a new heart in us? (Ps. 51:10). Declare that “My heart has been circumcised by the Spirit of God, and I delight in the law of the Lord”.


How does the scripture above apply to you? You were the fulfillment of what Moses asked the people to do. Christ already circumcised your heart!


Thank the Lord for His grace in circumcising your heart. Pray that you will walk in the newness of life that Christ has given you.

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