Today’s Scripture: Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked. Deuteronomy 10:16
One of my earliest memories is being barefoot in the goat barn-yard, waiting for my mom to finish the morning milking. The wet pellets of processed grass and the leaves warmed by the sun oozed between my four-year-old toes. Suddenly, a shadow crossed my path and a familiar goat beard brushed the top of my tow-head. Echo, the alpha female goat, had found me again!
The problem with being a short little dude with blonde hair is that goats think you are a little portable hay trough, adjusted to their comfortable feeding height.
Fortunately, Mom showed up and grabbed Echo’s collar, trying to pull her away from me. But Echo resisted. Goats have strong necks, and they’re not afraid to use them to shove their hungry heads jolly well wherever they want.
Rewind 3,400 years from that 1976 California barnyard.
God told Moses to come up to the top of Mt. Sinai and meet with Him. God wrote the Ten Commandments on two stones and gave them to Moses. When Moses brought them back down the mountain, the children of Israel were dancing around a golden calf and worshipping it.
Moses was so upset, he threw the stone tablets down and broke them.
God called Moses back up the mountain and gave him another set of the Ten Commandments. Moses brought the fresh set of commandments back down the mountain. Not long after his decent with the second stones, Moses told the children of Israel: Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.
One good Bible dictionary (Complete Word Study Dictionary) defines stiff-necked like this: A stiff neck indicates an obstinate, stubborn attitude, a rebellious person or people.
God wants our attitude towards Him to be eager and open, not stiff and stubborn. How do you get your attitude right? Determine now to have a soft heart towards everything God says. Don’t be like Echo, determined to use your strong neck to do wrong one more time before you’re dragged away against your will.
Devotional by Pastor Neal Dearyan