“the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.” 1 Samuel 13:14
A man after His own heart. What can we know about His heart?
In my blog The two stone tables, I explain that the Ark of the Covenant refers to the mind and heart. In the ark was the Torah (1 Kings 8:9), written on the two tables of stone. This refers to His Torah that must be in our mind and heart (Deuteronomy 6:6-8; ‘between your eyes’ refers to our mind). What does this say about His heart?
In Exodus 20 we read what was written on the stone tables. It repeatedly says ‘Thou shalt not …’, or words of similar meaning. Except for one exception, in Hebrew each commandment begins with ‘lo …’ which means ‘not’. So these ten commandments indicate what is ‘not’ in the heart of God, and therefore what must ‘not’ be in our heart if we are to be a man (or woman) after His heart.
Has nó other gods
Does nót make images
Does nót take His Name in vain
Does nót do work on the sabbath day
Honours father and mother (the only exception to ‘lo’)
Does nót kill
Does nót commit adultery
Does not steal
Does nót bear false witness
Does nót covet
So, these are the qualities of a heart that is after His heart. It may be that you think of some commandments: I do not break that one easily, that’s a piece of cake. I do not murder, I do not steal, I do not commit adultery … Then realize that these qualities of His heart are not (only) meant literally. That is what Yeshua explains to us in, for example:
Matthew 5:21-22: “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”
Matthew 5:27-28: “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”
So not only do we kill when we literally kill someone, we also kill when we are angry with someone without a cause or when we scold. Because these are words that come from our heart:
“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” Matthew 15:19
And ‘not’ making images is not only meant literally as well. Most of us will not easily make and bow to a tangible idol. But which (false) images do we have in our heart? Which lies and delusions in our heart prevent us from being a man or woman after His heart?
“Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.” Joshua 24:23