We’ll present today one thing that each believer must have to be born again – ‘lev cha•dash,’ a new heart.
Whereas, the heart here is necessary for the spiritual transformation, this vital organ becomes more amazing when we learn what other human quality is attributed to it. There are at least fifty Hebrew expressions that include the word ‘lev.’ Naturally, there are many English idioms and expressions with the word ‘heart’ as well. Over a hundred of them may be found on most dictionaries, but not even one mentions the biblical amazing expression that characterizes a surprising function of the human heart! You may find in dictionaries the famous ‘lev za•hav’ (‘a heart of gold’), ‘mi•kol ha•lev’ (‘wholeheartedly), ‘lev sha•voor’ (‘broken heart’), ‘cha•sar lev’ (‘heartless’), and many others that focus on emotions and qualities other than that biblical one.
Biblically, the heart is the organ in the human body where wisdom resides! The Hebrew idiom is ‘choch•mat lev.’ Here is what God gives to the man who has been known to be the wisest man of all
‘Behold, I have done according to your words; lo, I have given you a wise and understanding heart; so that there was none like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.’
Here are other examples that links the heart to wisdom:
‘The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips.’
‘…and in the hearts of all who are wise hearted I have put wisdom…,’
And here are the two mentioning of the new heart in the Bible:
‘Cast away from you all your transgressions, in which you have transgressed; and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit; for, why will you die, O house of Israel?’
‘A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put inside you; and I will take away the heart of stone from your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.’