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The Turnings of Learning

We are fond of the word “repent” at times, and we learn that the Hebrew behind our “repent” is to turn (shuv). But that is not the word used in Psalm 119:36-37, but its central idea is present in these two verses: the “turning” of learning.
The turning of learning involves a positive and negative:
First, we are to “incline” our hearts toward God’s communicative intent in Scripture — to the very words of God in Scripture. To turn toward God involves turning away from selfish gain (36).
Second, we are to “turn our eyes away from worthless things” (37). This “turn” means to “pass over” (avar).
The turnings of learning is to say Yes to God and to say No to selfish gain and worthless things, to false glitter and vanity.

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Ted Gossard

posted November 30, 2006 at 5:37 am

Yes. I can fail in this when I get carried away with Ohio State football. It is no less than a religion in Ohio to many, I think. And I can get into it, just like that. I keep rooting for them, but I have to pass over, for myself, too much involvement in all of that.
And it’s not that hard, when you have Scripture, good books, and blogs like this one!

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