The Intention of Man’s Heart

And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.

(Genesis 8:21) ESV

The intention, also translated imagination, of man’s heart is to devise all kinds of wickedness and evil. It’s a picture of the separation of heaven and hell manifested in our mind and heart. It’s the pattern of creation.

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Baptism, Cleansing and Regeneration

Joyful boy being baptized at Redemption Hill Church

And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.

(Genesis 8:21) NKJV

God renewed the ground so that it would bear fruit again. The promise that God made to Noah. Noah’s flood washed away the salts and toxic compounds that had accumulated. Earth was baptized.

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Their Thoughts Were Evil

Noah built an altar to the Lord; he took one of each kind of ritually clean animal and bird, and burned them whole as a sacrifice on the altar. The odor of the sacrifice pleased the Lord, and he said to himself, “Never again will I put the earth under a curse because of what people do; I know that from the time they are young their thoughts are evil. Never again will I destroy all living beings, as I have done this time. As long as the world exists, there will be a time for planting and a time for harvest. There will always be cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”

(Genesis 8:20-22) Good News Translation

And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.

(Genesis 8:21) NKJV

The universe was created as a way to purify all of the corruption out of the world, and this is being brought about through the action of gravity. No one wants you to know this. Why?

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Characteristics

And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

(Genesis 8:21) KJV emphasis added

We need to compile a list of what the Bible considers to be characteristics of the heart.

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Thoughts and Intents

And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few. And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

(1 Samuel 14:7) KJV

We can sort the characteristics of the heart into thoughts and Intents and expand our understanding of Who Am I? Thoughts, quite naturally, stay in the mind. Intents are when we’re driven or motivated to act. We may or may not carry out the act, but it was an intent.

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