We continue our way through the taste test of Jeremiah's menu with Bet.
Read Psalm 119:9-16
Bet (pronounced like "bait") is the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet or aleph-bet.
Bet is for "how?" How can a young man keep his way pure?
To be pure is to be free from anything that makes you less than you were intended to be. "Pure bliss" describes a state of happiness where nothing is detracting from it in the least, i.e. no guilt, no fear, no jealousy.
Why do we want to know how to keep our way pure?? So we don't have to deal with guilt, fear, or jealousy.
A pure way, leads to a pure heart: undivided, untainted, uncomplicated.
Why is life so complicated? Because of sin. Sin is something we deal with from the day we are born.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
I stand corrected, we are sinful from before we are born, we are sinful from conception. The rebellion of Adam and Eve introduced sin into our DNA. Therefore life is complicated. We desire things that are bad for us. We want what they have. We know what is right and wrong, yet the wrong feels right and the right seems oppressive. The enemy's deception entices us to continue the rebellion established in the Garden by our great-to-the-nth grandparents.
How do we get clean??? How do we rid ourselves of the effects of sin???? The guilt, the shame, the pain, the discontentment!
By living according to Your word. Psalm 119:9
The Word of God leads us to a life of purity. A life free from guilt, shame and discontentment.
We cannot achieve this in our own power no matter what. Only through Jesus - the Word made flesh (John 1:14) - can we keep our way pure.
Jesus offers us the gift of grace. To receive it is to be given a new heart, a clean heart, a pure life. No guilt, no shame, no discontent. This is the joy and wonder of God's Word: Jesus.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
Romans 8:1, 2
Romans 8:1, 2
Receive Jesus, hide Him in your heart, pursue Him through His Word, make it a part of your daily diet.