You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
13 For the
people [`am] turneth [shuwb] not unto
him that smiteth [nakah] them, neither do they
seek [darash] the LORD [Yahovah] of hosts. [tsaba']
13 Yet the
people do not turn back to Him who struck them, Nor do they seek the Lord of
When people turn away from truth, then God issues judgments or chastisements or punishments, most of which are inherently related to the evil being produced.
Evil produces its own punishment.
And in the case of people who reject truth, they do in fact by default reject the scriptures. Thus they do not study, do not learn, and fail to understand what exactly their flaw is, because they refuse to see it.
People become hardened and obstinate when they reject truth. This leads to the rejection of changing their ways or attitudes. This leads to more and more punishments.
Truth does not change, therefore truth does not yield to popular belief or pressure.
The collective opinions of humanity are not enough to change how God or truth operates. And certainly the individual efforts of an anti-God attitude are not sufficient to change how God will deal with you.
So, this verse states clearly, reject God, reject truth, and punishments in whatever form, will fall into your life. Continue in your stubbornness and the punishments will not yield as though they have been frustrated or defeated, but will continue until such time as you do in fact change, or until the end of your life here in this world.
If you do not know what rejection of God or truth means, then you are most likely in rejection.
The only way that you can know anything, is to be taught, to learn, and that requires a study, a daily study of the scriptures, which of course is our subject of interest.
To pursue life on your own, to avoid the obligations that God places on you both in your spiritual life as well as in your temporal life, is simply further proof of your obstinacy toward truth.
God is truth, and to reject one is to reject the other. And in rejecting either, is a pursuit of evil, which in turn has its own built in punishments, that keep on coming.
It isn't rocket science, but when you see so many people worldwide, that cannot seem to figure it out, or better stated, are not interested in figuring it all out, then it makes you wonder, why?
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.