In Our Mouths and in Our Hearts: the Living Word

In the book of Deuteronomy, God tells Moses that the things He has commanded him to do are not too hard to obey. “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.” (Deut. 30:11) God Himself enabled Moses to follow Him. How? By His Word. A few verses later, God declares to Moses that His Word is “very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.” (Deut. 30:14)  In other words, God supplied Moses with the tools to obey His directions. Thousands of years later, this principle remains true for us.  The Lord clearly does not expect us to figure out on our own how to do what He asks us to do.  He promises to be with us and equip us.  In fact, in Jesus, the Father has fulfilled that promise in a most dramatic way. John tells us that “the Word was God,” and that “the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.  We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  (John 1:1, 1:14)   God Himself came to earth in the form of the Word incarnate, Jesus Christ.  Moreover, the Word incarnate was physically birthed in Bethlehem.  The Hebrew word “bethlehem” means “house of bread.”  Jesus was laid in a manger, a feeding trough.  In fact, the word “manger” is a French word for the verb “to eat.”  Furthermore, when Jesus celebrated the Passover meal for the last time with His disciples, He instructed them to remember Him as they shared the bread and wine, symbols of His body and blood.  They were to feed on Him, the Bread of Life. getty_rf_photo_of_whole_grain_bread Jesus literally lived the ongoing metaphor of God’s Word dwelling in our mouth.  He came to us in the form of human flesh and became our Bread of Life.  Paul reiterates this concept in Romans 10.  He quotes the Deuteronomy 30 passage and affirms: “‘The Word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart.'”  He further explains: “if you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”  (Romans 10:8-9)  The reason we CAN declare with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead is that HE, the Living Word of God, dwells in us.   He came to this earth, died for our sin, rose again, and literally dwells in us by His Spirit.  He, the WORD, the God of heaven and earth, dwells in our mouth and lives in our heart!  He literally has fulfilled His promise to Moses; He, the living Word, lives in us.  Remember that He is as close as your very heartbeat, your every breath.  Feed on Him, the Bread of Life.  Call upon Him.  He will be faithful to express Himself in and through you.

Scriptures quoted from Today’s New International Version

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