What leads to real change?
Can you have significant change in your life without brokenness?
The more I realize my own brokenness….
…the more humility I have
…the more sensitivity and love/care I have for others.
Something is changed inside of me when I better understand the reality of my broken condition.
After Israel’s repeated failure of following God’s laws, Moses recognizes the broken human condition and that the human heart would need to go under some fundamental transformation…some healing.
The narrative of The Law (first 5 books of the Bible) is pointing out that Israel did not, and is not capable of keeping the Law. Humans need something more than just to be told what to do….because that obviously wasn’t working!
Moses, when speaking to Israel at the end of Deuteronomy, basically says, “Your hearts are hard..and you need God to give you a new, transformed heart.”
Moses predicts their failure but offers some hope.
Moses basically tells Israel, “After you go into exile, God will be faithful, and one day He will change the hearts of His people…so that you can love Him and follow Him.”
The Law is fundamentally a story about how God is creating new kinds of people who are fully able to love God and love others. When Jesus taught about the Torah (The Law) He said that He was bringing that story to its fulfillment.
What does this all mean?
The human condition is broken.
How do I change? I need a new heart – that only comes from Jesus.