Sometimes it is difficult to understand how the Old Testament books of the law apply to our lives. We are covered by the new covenant in Christ but the books of the law lay a beautiful foundation and tell us so much about what God cares about. Deuteronomy shows us the heart of God.
If I’ve learned anything from being a Christian, it is that the state of your heart is a big deal. Guess where that started? The Old Testament law. The book of Deuteronomy is FULL of “heart language.” The very foundation of the law is that you “love the Lord, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (11:13). We are admonished to “take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them” (11:16). God cares so much about our hearts and wants us to protect them vigilantly.
If anything, this commitment to the care and protection of our hearts should be of even more importance now because in the new covenant our hearts are the very temple of God. The same reverence in Deut. 12 regarding the temple should be applied to our souls, God’s new chosen place of worship.
In Mark 13, Jesus foretells the destruction of the temple, reminding us that His victory has made the material temple no longer necessary. When was the last time you meditated on the fact that your heart is the dwelling place of Almighty God? Let’s stand in awe and gratitude that we no longer have to go to a physical place to experience God, but we now live with constant access to the full presence of our Creator and the Lover of our souls.