Mitch, my husband, was editing the first chapter of Romans and he commented on how different the cadence of this book is as opposed to the Gospels and the history in Acts. It’s so true.
But then again, it is a letter, so of course it’s going to be more personal, with a different kind of approach; a different flavor…a different tone. That said, it’s still difficult to understand sometimes.
I encourage you to go regularly to a site like Biblehub.com that has multiple commentaries all in one place. It will help you understand the text so much more clearly.
And don’t overlook your pastor as a resource. Besides…it’s a good opportunity to confirm with him or her that you’re reading your Bible everyday. Your pastor will love that!
Circumcision of the heart
It’s so cool when God gives you one of those little ‘aha!’ moments. One those came for me at the end of Romans chapter 2, where Paul discusses circumcision.
Admittedly, I was confused – or at least curious – as to why God chose circumcision when establishing the promise between Himself and Abraham and his offspring forever back in Genesis. Now, it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to consider that this would certainly serve as a submission to God for a man. It’s not something a man would do offhandedly.
But it wasn’t until God opened my eyes that I got it. True circumcision is of the heart. All of us, both men and women, are called to bare the most sensitive part of ourselves to God. Our hearts are exposed so that He has access to mold and shape us according to His desire and purpose.
What a beautiful picture this is to me and I hope it is to you. I would love to know your thoughts in the comments below.
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