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Simon Alle asked:

Dear Sir,Greetings. This is Pastor Simon Alle from India. I have a Bible question on ‘Heart’ that is to be cleared to me for my edification. I hope the respond from you will satisfy me. Would you please forward me the answer? The question is: 1) What does the mean by the word ‘Heart’ in the Bible?2) Would you please define it?3) Is it not a part of our mind? You know, body, soul and spirit make a human being.4) Is the heart the centre of love?5) Is it not a physiological organ in our body?6) Why the Bible gives more importance to the heart of a man?I hope to hear from you soon.Yours in His serviceSimon AllePastor Simon All

Jack Answered:

Thank you, Pastor Alle, for your question. When the word “heart” is used in the Bible it has both a physiological meaning as well as a way to refer to aspects of the person itself. For example, I share with you the definition of “heart” found in Baker’s Biblical Dictionary of Theology:

In the Scriptures various aspects of human anatomy are used to define the whole person, but the most frequently used is heart. The heart is the seat of emotion (Psalm 25:1; Prov 14:10; Isa 66:14; John 14:1; Rom 9:2), intelligence (Prov 16:1; Luke 9:47), morality (Psalm 58:2; Rom 1:24), human choice (Deut 8:2; Luke 21:34; Acts 11:23), and one's religious life (Deut 6:5; Jer 31:33; Rom 10:9-10; Gal 4:6).

The heart, in effect, is the whole person in all of his or her distinctive human activity as a thinking, planning, willing, feeling, worshiping, socially interacting being.

As you can see, when the Lord says, “My son, give me your heart,” the Lord is not referring to a man’s physical organ, but his very life.

I trust this will be helpful to you.

Jack

P.S. I share with you several online tools which can help you in your Bible Study: http://www.biblestudytools.net/Dictionaries/EastonsBibleDictionary/ http://www.biblestudytools.net/Dictionaries/BakersEvangelicalDictionary/bed.cgi?number=T322 http://www.online-dictionary.net/bible/index.php

I like this one for Bible verses and other search options in all Bible versions and languages! http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=

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