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August 20, 2021 9:26 am
what is the link between whole hearted and Mitzvahs - the commandments to tithe and offerings and lending and borrowing
The treasurers of the hundred and 19 so we are going on a treasure hunt and the gold we are seeking in this treasure hunt is actually the phrase of God like join us taking this deep dive mining with David in the hundred and 1910. Certainly 119 with my whole heart I have sought let me not wander from my mitzvah or from my commandments which it's one of the nuggets that were definitely going to get into in a minute about what's the difference tween the board commandment and mitzvah's. It's it's a huge thing is really really from the study, but first off let's go back to the just with my whole heart I have sought the right and the beautiful thing of that. If you remember back to the second verse of the section on Alice is now in the section on bed that was with you now. Blessed are those who like to keep his testimonies but then seek him with all hearts are interestingly here we come in the back and the second verse again goes back to this whole hard and knowing King David as we did, he wasn't a man after God's heart and he served him with a whole heart and it's it's fascinating to me that that that this idea of this hoof that that that is the letter that has to do with whole and the Le med is this idea.
It even though the word is whole.
It really is a focused type of thing. It's like blocking out everything that's keeping me away from my focus, and so even though the word is whole and it does mean whole, but the idea is everything that is meant of value, everything that is in importance is being blocked out and when you think about like when you think about autism right is is I get the chance to work with special needs people all the time.
The artistic mother struggles is trying to block out that which is keeping them from any of the focus on something so you know if there's a fan running in a room, an autistic person can get caught up in the fan are also two different things. But the idea is we have to block out that which is unimportant so that we can seek God with the whole heart and the reason is, is this this half is like the letter half that begins the word whole is like the palm of your hand and in the ideas to kind of like that when you look at a the hat that the little you know head covering the Jewish people, where it's it's kind of like a crown. But the idea is that that there's this pressure on your intellect to focus on what's important and this is the idea of the house of the idea of whole is again is really cool when you think about it is blocking out everything that isn't of God. So what I'm seeking me with a whole heart you know it's it's an idea of focusing on that which is God with my heart and so this hoof in this word is absolutely in a critical aspect of what King David is explaining here but then I don't want anybody to miss the beautiful relationship that I have seen in my own life and thought about all week about people that I know that are wholehearted that have somehow an ability to see people in need more than other people, in which gets into the whole situation of what's in there between a mitzvah and a commandment you know.
And so it's important for us to really dive into what is a mitzvah. What what is it that King David is referring to. He says commandment as far as what the English translation is so why is this different than like the 10 Commandments, or some of those other things. And so, as I wanted to dig into for a minute so the idea of a mitzvah when you look at it is beautiful that in Leviticus 27. You see, both words used for commandments where it says these are the commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses for the children of Israel inside okay and in the good news is in Leviticus 27.
They show you some of these mitzvah to get an idea of why the Jews say a mitzvah is a good deed because it's really, I guess. Simply put, you can say tithes and offerings. It's like when Boaz you know was helping out Ruth. This was a mitzvah because the idea is it's a commandment because once is that the Lord commanded Moses. That's just Asaba, not a mitzvah so you put the man in front of the sob that when you take your commandment and you put a minimum front, which means the Messiah or Jesus you put that.
Jesus in front of a commandment. And all the sudden you get the Jesus aspects of things numbers you get grace and you get truth when you put those in front of a commandment then all of a sudden things look really cool. So when you think about the grace that Boaz showed for Ruth. You get a picture of what a mitzvah is or if you again looking Leviticus 27, or you look at numbers 15 on the put these links at the show notes for Deuteronomy 14 and 15 where they talk about lending and and not borrowing in all these are the mitzvah right these. These are commandments that has Jesus in well.
Have you noticed that the most generous people I know why I've noticed are the people I would say are the wholehearted this people like the people that are really wholehearted tend to be this way. I got people in my life. I could name names. I will Gaylor is one of my dearest friends and you will never meet a more generous man but to know him is to know that it comes from a whole heart and he sees people in need, like nobody else.
When I was in Jamaica I went on a mission trip with Carolina boys Academy and it sort of. We were doing him sort of a boot camp for them up there in teen challenge on Jamaica and we had with the city. A man by than that I call corn is named Ricky corn but is calling Cornwell if you know corn he can spot somebody in need, like nobody I've ever seen. Like every time we went somewhere, he would spice someone in need, and the next thing you know he was given franchise given money doing something because it was all about his whole heart he could see as he sought God then these mitzvah apparently just came more naturally to an end. So it's really a beautiful thing I have sought the with my whole heart right.
Let me not wander from these opportunities to serve the Lord. These these mitzvah these opportunities to be used to somebody that is in need are as absolutely full thing that King David illustrates so well for me here and I thought about all the men you can think about people in your life that are wholehearted like that they can spot somebody in the full thing and understand the commandment and I miss