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Head Over Heels

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel. (Genesis 3:15)
I recently read a statement that got me to thinking about heels. So I decided to look through the Bible and see if there might be something compelling to be found by researching the various times heels might be mentioned in the Word. What I am finding is more than compelling, it is very revealing as well. And what I am seeing is more than just fascinating information but I am sensing truths here about how God wants to really connect with me much deeper at the heart level.
First I want to take a look at one of the few references to heels in the Scriptures in the book of Job. This book can be very tricky to navigate if one is not aware that much of the book of Job are thoughts from his friends which are highly unreliable as truths to depend on to reveal what God is really like. In fact, quite the opposite is usually the case…

The Prison of Offense

Some years ago I learned that the parable of the debtor at the end of Matthew 18 had a radically different meaning than the typical interpretation that nearly everyone gave to it. The implications were very powerful and very liberating for those who grasped its true meaning. But for some reason it was not until now that I began to apply what I have learned from my new perspective of that story to the other similar places where Jesus talked about ending up in prison.
But as this seemed to be pressed into my consciousness recently, I decided to explore the effects of my current realization of what this prison really is to the other passages and now am beginning to see that they had much to add to my understanding. For I now realize that the prison that God talks about is not one that He places us in but is one of our own making. It is a prison walled in by the offenses that we allow to remain in our hearts against others as well as potentially offenses that we have caused others but have…