Turning away from the Lord
Published October 19th, 2022; Updated October 26th, 2022
Arc Class Devotion
If one turns away his ear
ὁ ἐκκλίνων τὸ οὖς αὐτοῦ
from hearing the law,
τοῦ μὴ εἰσακοῦσαι νόμου
even his q prayer is an abomination.
καὶ αὐτὸς τὴν προσευχὴν αὐτοῦ ἐβδέλυκται
Diagram Class Devotion
Prov. 28:9 puts before us two major issues to carefully and thoughtfully consider 1- Turning one's ear away from the law (the word of God) 2- Implications for prayer 1- Turning one's ear away from the law The language of turning one's ear from the law seems to imply that that the ear has been previously inclined to it, this implies that one who has previously listened to, read and meditated on the law, suddenly begins to ignore it. The tune of this text also lays emphasis on the importance of God's word; the word of God is so important that our attention should constantly and daily be given to it. God commands Joshua in Josh. 1:8 to meditate on the Law Day and night. In the New Testament believers are commanded as well to "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom." Col 3:16 . Hence as God's covenant people, we should and must pay consistent and rigorous attention to the word of God. 2- Implications for prayer the phrase καὶ αὐτὸς τὴν προσευχὴν αὐτοῦ ἐβδέλυκται, especially the καὶ implies that there are several consequences of turning one's ear from the word of God, but one of these consequences is prayer that is unpleasant to the LORD. Jn 15:7–8 affirms further the importance of the scriptures to God-glorifying prayers; "If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples." We can draw two conclusions from this: a- prayer that is not according to the scriptures is unpleasant before God. b- Prayer coming from a person who has a disregard for God's word is also abominable to God.