This message was written in 2010 and has always been a favorite of mine. I have learned a lot from my Iron Sister. She knows who she is. ENJOY!
I was talking to a friend today on the phone and she said, “Bonnie, God has reminded me of a scripture found in Psalms” and she began to speak it. Then she said something so profound I literally said, “I have to go write on this topic!” First I will give you the scripture and then I will tell you what she said that got my wheels turning.
“Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God tries the hearts and reins” Psalm 7:9 KJV…she said, “BONNIE THAT WORD REIN ALSO MEANS KIDNEYS.” Let’s look at another translation of the Aramaic Bible: “Let evil be spent upon the wicked and establish the righteous; God, the Righteous One proves the heart and the kidneys.” Hmm, the heart and the kidneys.According to the American Journal of Nephrology,
“The kidneys, always used in the plural (kelayot), are mentioned more than 30 times in the Bible. In the Pentateuch, the kidneys are cited 11 times in the detailed instructions given for the sacrificial offering of animals at the altar. Whereas those instructions were for purification ceremonies at the Temple, sacrificial offerings were made subsequently in seeking divine intervention for the relief of medical problems. In the books of the Bible that follow the Pentateuch, mostly in Jeremiah and Psalms, the human kidneys are cited figuratively as the site of temperament, emotions, prudence, vigor, and wisdom. In five instances, they are mentioned as the organs examined by God to judge an individual. They are cited either before or after but always in conjunction with the heart as mirrors of the psyche of the person examined.”
So, my mind immediately went to what the kidneys do. I found this next paragraph on-line, they are not my words in italic’s but I found them powerful!
“The kidneys remove the impurities from our blood. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11). Kidneys that do not function well leave poisons in the blood stream and sickness develops. Within normal kidneys, there are 32 miles of “tubules”… It is through these “tubules” that the blood flows for its purification. So then in our text… The Lord searches through the “tubules” of our reins… He searches for everything that will defile our thoughts and intentions… His eyes see and read our thoughts… The thoughts of so many professing Christians are not pure in His eyes. Some of the thoughts and intentions could be classed as rage… a get-even spirit… resentments… unforgiveness… hatreds… bitterness… low esteem… immoral leanings… Many believers are full of good works… love, service, faith, and patience… But under these good things is hidden a Jezebel spirit… hidden motives and intentions…Pastor George Belobaba.
Kidneys are the only organs that were burned as a burnt offerings for sin. (Exodus 29:13… “and thou shalt take all the fat that covereth the inwards, and the caul that is above the liver, and the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, and burn them upon the altar.”) The kidneys were the only organs designated as part of the sacrifice for sin. No other internal organ was so designated.
Kidneys are a pair of organs responsible for filtering wastes and excess water from the BLOOD. With each heartbeat, about twenty percent of the body’s blood supply surges through the kidneys. The body’s entire blood supply passes through the kidneys about two dozen times a day. But that is not what is significant to this verse. What carries weight is where the kidneys hide. You see they are hidden deep, deep behind the ribcage, in a very protective enclosure. So how would Yahweh prove the kidneys? How would He search the deep hidden things in a man? Only God can fully know your deep hidden emotions and thoughts.
“All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but Jehovah weigheth the spirits” Proverbs 16:2 KJV. Or this translation, “A person thinks all his ways are pure, but the LORD weighs motives” GWT. So even when we may think we were right in a situation, we may be wrong. We may have thought a person’s motives were one way when really they were the opposite. Let’s look at another verse. . . “After all, who knows everything about a person except that person’s own spirit? In the same way, no one has known everything about God except God’s Spirit” 1 Corinthians 2:11 GWT. According to Hebrew psychology, the reins are the seat of the deepest emotions and affections of man, which only God alone can fully know.
“I the LORD search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings” Jeremiah 17:10 NASB.