Proverbs 20: King James Bible
Only by Jesus – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty, Verses 9-11
9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? 10 Divers weights, and divers measures, both of them are alike abomination to the Lord. 11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Only by Jesus
Going back before the Lord strolled the shores of Galilee or walked the streets of Jerusalem, even back to the time of the writing of Proverbs, there were several different things that the Hebrews needed to do in order to be cleansed from sin. Even still, no matter what any of them did, it wasn’t they who made themselves clean, but the Lord honored his own Word, and cleansed them because they followed his instruction.
The Father keeping his promises and honoring his commitments is in no way someone making their own heart clean. The Lord had established in the Torah what must be performed or sacrificed , in order to be free from the penalties of whatever sin they committed. As the Word says, without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin.
No matter what was sacrificed, or how humbled and repentant a person had become, it was the Lord who did the cleansing, not the person. So to answer verse 9 above, I’d dare say that nobody can make their own heart clean.
As we’ve learned throughout these devotionals, the Lord is extremely interested in our hearts, and is willing to move it wherever he wills. And through his Word,we learn that it is his will that none should perish, right?
In comes Christ Jesus, and the ultimate sacrifice that the Father made, in order to pay the penalties for all sin for all time. In Christ, when we repent and seek his forgiveness, he removes our sin as far from us as the east is from the west.
If you haven’t received Christ, head to the Salvation Page, and allow the Creator of the universe to come into your heart and change you from the inside out.
In a certain way, I believe that the three verses up above go well together, and it just may be that one leads to the other. For example…
If someone thinks that they can cleanse their own heart, and make it pure, they are being guided by some form of false doctrine. That false doctrine could be considered diverse weights or measures, being an abomination to the Lord. And even a child can show what manner of person he is, by the things that he does.
That is reminiscent to what Jesus said about judging a tree by it’s fruit. So, someone claiming that they can cleanse their hearts of sin is using a false measure, and you’ll know it by what he does. However, you won’t be able to judge his fruit, without knowing the Word of God in the first place.
I’ve found that the most cleverly construed false doctrine out there, are the ones meant to trip up Christians, or lead them away from the One True God, and down a path that leads to a small “g” god. And those who fall prey to these cults, are those who haven’t taken time to get to know the Lord’s will, nor the Lord’s ways.
Both are found in the Word of God, and are of extreme importance to learn and understand, so that when wickedness comes wearing something that looks righteous, you’ll be able to discern what’s going on and resopnd accordingly.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 7: King James Bible
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Matthew 26: King James Bible
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Hebrews 10: King James Bible
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Thank you for your Word, and for your insight into what you’ve tucked away inside it. Help us to be mindful of your Word always, and write it on the tablets of our hearts, to avoid the snares that come our way. Also, to have ammunition against falsehoods that have the form of godliness yet are not of your will. Help us as a shepherd protects his sheep from the wolves. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever been approached by a “deeds” based religion, that salvation only by Jesus just isn’t enough?
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