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The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isa 40:8

2 chronicles 7:14, turning from wicked ways part two

Read 2 Chronicles 7 at Bible Gateway.

Previously: 2 chronicles 7:14, turning from wicked ways

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chr 7:14

When we embrace Torah to learn God’s righteous judgments, and to learn what defines wickedness so that we might turn from it, we find that God has kindly given us an easy summary in the Ten Commandments.

Commandments 1-5 (Love God) Commandments 6-10 (Love your neighbor)
1. Have no other gods before God; 6. You shall not murder;
2. You shall not make idols to worship; 7. You shall not commit adultery;
3. You shall not profane the name of YHVH; 8. You shall not steal;
4. You shall honor the Sabbath day to keep it holy; 9. You shall not bear false witness;
5. Honor your father and mother; 10. You shall not covet.

The entire Torah explains what it means to keep these Ten. The Ten can be further condensed to the Two, Love God, and Love your neighbor (Mat 22:37-40), and the Two can be further condensed to one verb: Love (Rom 13:8-10). This is the Law of Love.

The written record of the Ten (and the Torah) are like a mirror, and looking into it explains to us what walking in love looks like. Likewise, the love of God is like a mirror, and looking into it explains what keeping the Ten (and the Torah) looks like. We need both of them. Some are unbalanced on the side of the Word as the Pharisees often were, who exacted tithes of mint, dill, and cumin while neglecting mercy; and some are unbalanced on the side of the Spirit as many modern evangelicals are, who indulge the flesh while neglecting truth, holiness, or obedience. The Word and the Spirit always agree.

If we are truly walking in the love of God, we will not transgress the Ten (and by extension, the Torah). If we are transgressing the Ten (and by extension, the Torah), we are not truly walking in the love of God, no matter how loudly some voice of man is proclaiming that we are. We have instead left the path of God’s love, His ways, and His righteous judgments, and have embraced wickedness.

It is from that wickedness that God is calling His people – not the atheists, unbelievers, and unrighteous – to repent of and turn from. We are going to look at each of the Ten in detail.

Continued: learning righteousness and wickedness from the ten commandments

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