We will not be thinking of the pump which pumps the blood through the human body, through its many miles of arteries and veins.  We are speaking of the centrality of the human being, of Adam kind.  Hear the word of the LORD concerning the heart of man [generic].

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.

A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary. O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake Thee shall be ashamed. They that depart from Me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.

Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise. Jeremiah 17:9-14

In verses 9-11 the LORD through the prophet reveals the evil of the human heart.  It is deceitful, it is also desperately wicked.  That is every human heart.  “Who can know it?”  We are too often confident that we are not evil.  There is evil in every human heart.  We are all guilty of sin.  We sin against God.  We sin against one another.  We even sin against ourselves.  We are guilty of defiling many things.

Only God knows what is in the heart of mankind.

Many reading this will think, “You sure have a negative outlook on the human race.”  My outlook on the race called human is real, it is true, and it is sad if we leave it to ourselves to handle.

Let us, like the prophet Jeremiah cry out to the LORD, glorify Him, and trust Him to deliver us from our wicked, vile, and evil hearts.  He alone has provided the way to light and life; and that is through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ His only begotten Son.

He will cleanse you, your heart, and set you free from the wickedness of your heart.

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