Sep 20, 2013

Proverbs 28:9 - Detestable Prayers

I shared this earlier on my facebook page and it really is settling in my heart, its like an "ah ha" but "Oh My God!!!" moment of revelation.

 I am really just struck by this passage/verse these past two days: Proverbs 28:9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable. In some translations, detestable is "abomination"...

That is extremely powerful to me in my mind, and I hope (and yes pray) that it becomes more powerful in my heart. The commentary on this scripture is equally revealing - a bit of a "shake up" for me. (written in an old form of english) I especially see this part speaking to me "when there is a 'turning away' from the control of the Law; in that wrily it is meet that a man should be a stranger to the favours of him to whose bidding he will not be subject." Understanding I don't believe the Law was abolished (as I know many agree with) but it was fulfilled - but being fulfilled doesn't make it null and void. Just like if someone steals and they are charged with theft, doesn't do away with the law. They broke the law, justice was served and therefore it was fulfilled.

Verse 9. - He that turneth away his ear from hearing the Law. He who refuses to hearken to and to practise the dictates of the Divine law (comp Proverbs 1:20. Even his prayer shall be abomination (comp. Proverbs 15:8, and note there). "God heareth not sinners" (John 9:31). Such a man's prayer, if he does pray, is not hearty and sincere, and therefore, lacks the element which alone can make it acceptable. He will not resolve to forsake his favourite sin, even while paying outward worship to the God whoso Law he breaks: what wonder that the prophet so sternly denounces such offenders (Isaiah 1:11. etc.), and the psalmist cries with terrible rigour, "When he shall be judged, let him be condemned; and let his prayer become sin" (Psalm 109:7)? St. Gregory ('Moral.,' 10:27), "Our heart blames us in offering up our prayers, when it calls to mind that it is set in opposition to the precepts of him whom it implores, and the prayer becomes abomination, when there is a 'turning away' from the control of the Law; in that wrily it is meet that a man should be a stranger to the favours of him to whose bidding he will not be subject." And again (ibid., 18:9, 10), "If that which he bids we do, that which we ask we shall obtain. For with God both these two do of necessity match with one another exactly, that practice should be sustained by prayer, and prayer by practice" (Oxford transl.).

I know there are many other verses that may seem to contradict this - but I am thinking this applies to those who continually stay in sin who want the benefits and blessings but reject the One behind them.. the commentary mentions a person's favorite "sin" - I can relate to this so much. So many times I have asked God for this or that but by default refused to be transformed by His word, instead actually becoming a harbor for a particular or specific sin, that my carnal mind or flesh didn't want to relinquish. How awful is that? Oh God, help me to be continually transformed by the renewing of my mind, by studying your word, and spending alone time with you, seeking your Voice and wise counsel, discipline and instruction! Sure there is grace and where there is sin, grace abounds more.... but Paul plainly stated, should we go on sinning, No! That is my hope, my desire, to surely be made Holy through this continual process of sanctification.

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