I Will Heal Their Land If My People will Seek My Face And Turn From Their Wicked Ways
by Sharon McClean
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2 Chron. 8:14—“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. (15) “Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. (16) “For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
2 Chron. 8:14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek MY FACE, Psalm 24:6—The IS JACOB, the generation of those who seek Your face.) (Psalm 67:1—God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause HIS FACE to shine upon us. (2) THAT YOUR WAY MAY BE KNOWN ON EARTH, YOUR SALVATION AMONG ALL NATIONS.)
Returning to 2 Chron. 8:14--and turn FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, (Proverbs 2:21—For THE UPRIGHT will dwell in the land and THE BLAMELESS WILL REMAIN IN IT; (22) But THE WICKED will be cut off from the earth, and THE UNFAITHFUL will be UPROOTED from it.) (Psalm 25:8—Good and UPRIGHT is the Lord; Therefore HE TEACHES sinners IN THE WAY. (9) The humble HE GUIDES in justice, and the humble HE TEACHES HIS WAY. (10) All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. (12) Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach IN THE WAY that HE CHOOSES, (13) He Himself SHALL DWELL IN PROSPERITY, and HIS DESCENDANTS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.) (Psalm 2:6—“Yet I have set My King on My holy hill OF ZION.” (7) I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, You are My Son, Today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK OF ME, and I WILL GIVE YOU the nations for YOUR INHERITANCE and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH for Your possession.) Psalm 87:5—And OF ZION it will be said, THIS ONE and THAT ONE were BORN IN HER; and THE MOST HIGH HIMSELF SHALL ESTABLISH HER.” (6) The Lord WILL RECORD, when He registers the peoples: THIS ONE WAS BORN THERE.” (7) Both the singers and the players on instruments say, “ALL MY SPRINGS ARE IN YOU.”
Returning to 2 Chron.8—14-- then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin AND HEAL THEIR LAND. (15) “Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer MADE IN THIS PLACE. (16) “For now I HAVE CHOSEN AND SANCTIFIED THIS HOUSE, that MY NAME may be there FOREVER; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 2 Chron. 6:5—Since the day that I brought My people out of the land of Egypt, I have chosen no city from any tribe of Israel in which to build a house, THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE THERE, nor did I choose any man to be a ruler over My people Israel; (6) but I HAVE CHOSEN JERUSALEM, that MY NAME MAY BE THERE; and I HAVE CHOSEN DAVID to be over MY PEOPLE ISRAEL.’ (Isaiah 41:8—“But you, ISRAEL, are My servant, JACOB, whom I HAVE CHOSEN, THE DESCENDANTS of ABRAHAM MY FRIEND. (9) You whom I HAVE TAKEN FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, and called from its farthest regions, and said to you, You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away.)
Chron. 11:4—And David and ALL ISRAEL went TO JERUSALEM, which is Jebus, where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. (5) But the inhabitants of Jebus said to DAVID, “You shall not come in here!” NEVERTHELESS DAVID TOOK THE STRONGHOLD OF ZION (that is, the City of David.) 2 Chron. 6:6—‘but I have chosen JERUSALEM, THAT MY NAME MAY BE THERE;) (Exodus 20:24—“In every place where I RECORD MY NAME I will come to you, and I WILL BLESS YOU.”
Psalm 132:13—For the Lord has CHOSEN ZION: He has desired it for HIS HABITATION: (14) “THIS IS MY RESTING PLACE FOREVER, here I will dwell, for I have DESIRED IT. Psalm 78:68—But chose the tribe of Judah, MOUNT ZION “which He loved. (69) And HE BUILT HIS SANCTUARY like THE HEIGHTS, LIKE THE EARTH WHICH HE HAS ESTABLISHED FOREVER. Hebrews 12:22—But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to THE CITY of THE LIVING GOD, THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of angels. (He has brought us to the spiritual not the physical Jerusalem) Hebrews 2:16—For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but HE DOES GIVE AID TO THE SEED OF ABRAHAM. Galatians 3:29—And if you are Christ’s THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE.
Isaiah 62:1—For ZION’S SAKE I will not hold My peace, and for JERUSALEM’S SAKE I will not rest, until HER RIGHTEOUSNESS goes forth as brightness, and HER SALVATION as A LAMP THAT BURNS. (Not like the five foolish virgins whose lamps went out! Matt. 25:1-12 (2) THE GENTILES shall see YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord will name.
Leviticus 26:40—‘But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their UNFAITHFULNESS in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have WALKED CONTRARY TO ME, (41) and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies,’ if their uncircumcised hearts ARE HUMBLED, and they accept their guilt—(42—then I will remember MY COVENANT with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember; I WILL REMEMBER THE LAND.
Ezra 8:21—Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might HUMBLE OURSELVES before our God, TO SEEK FROM HIM THE RIGHT WAY FOR US and OUR LITTLE ONES and ALL OUR POSSESSIONS. Isaiah 48:17—“I am the Lord your God, WHO TEACHES YOU TO PROFIT, WHO LEADS YOU BY THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO. (18) Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS like the waves of the sea. (19) YOUR DESCENDANTS ALSO WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE THE SAND, and the offspring of your body like the grains of sand; HIS NAME WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CUT OFF nor destroyed from before Me. (20) Go forth from Babylon! Flee from the Chaldees! With a voice of singing, declare, proclaim this, UTTER IT EVEN TO THE END OF THE EARTH; Say, “The Lord HAS REDEEMED His servant JACOB!” (21) And they did not thirst when He led them through the deserts; He caused the waters to flow FROM THE ROCK for them; He also split the rock, and the waters gushed out.
Psalm107:4—They wandered in the wilderness (spiritual wilderness?) in a desolate way: THEY FOUND NO CITY to dwell in. (5) HUNGRY and THIRSY, (Matthew 5:6—Blessed are those WHO HUNGER and THIRST for RIGHTEOUSNESS, for THEY shall be filled.) Returning to Psalm 107:6—then they cried out to the Lord IN THEIR TROUBLE, and HE DELIVERED THEM OUT OF THEIR DISTRESSES. (7) AND HE LED THEM FORTH BY THE RIGHT WAY, THAT THEY MIGHT GO TO A CITY FOR HABITATION.
Hebrews 12:22—But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to THE CITY of THE LIVING GOD, THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM to an innumerable company of angels, (23) to the general assembly and CHURCH of THE FIRSTBORN who are registered in heaven, to GOD THE JUDGE OF ALL, to the spirits of just men MADE PERFECT, (24) to JESUS the MEDIATOR of the NEW COVENANT, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
Hebrews 9:11—But Christ came as HIGH PRIEST of THE GOOD THINGS TO COME, WITH THE GREATER and MORE PERFECT TABERNACLE NOT MADE WITH HANDS, that is NOT OF THIS CREATION. (Psalm 78:69—And HE BUILT HIS SANCTUARY like the heights LIKE THE EARTH WHICH HE HAS ESTABLISHED FOREVER.) Returning to Hebrews 9:12—Not with the blood of goats and calves, but WITH HIS OWN BLOOD He entered THE MOST HOLY PLACE once FOR ALL, having OBTAINED ETERNAL REDEMPTION. (13) For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, SANCTIFIES FOR THE PURIFYING OF THE FLESH, (14) how much more shall THE BLOOD OF CHRIST, who through THE ETERNAL SPIRIT offered Himself without spot to God, PURGE YOUR CONSCIENCE FROM DEAD WORKS TO SERVE THE LIVING GOD? (15) And FOR THIS REASON He is THE MEDIATOR of THE NEW COVENANT, that those who are called may receive THE PROMISE of THE ETERNAL INHERITANCE. Colossians 2:12--giving thanks to the Father who has QUALIFIED US to be PARTAKERS of THE INHERITANCE of the SAINTS in THE LIGHT. He has delivered us from THE POWER OF DARKNESS and translated us INTO THE KINGDOM OF THE SON OF HIS LOVE.
Isaiah 42:6”I, the Lord, have called You IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and GIVE YOU AS A COVENANT to the people, AS A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES, (7) To open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS from the prison house. (8) I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to graven images. (9) Behold, the former things have come to pass, AND NEW THINGS I DECLARE; before they spring forth I TELL YOU OF THEM.” Isaiah 43:18—“Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. (19) Behold, I WILL DO A NEW THING, NOW IT SHALL SPRING FORTH; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (20) The beast of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give water in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, TO GIVE DRINK TO MY PEOPLE, MY CHOSEN. (21) This people I have formed for Myself; THEY SHALL DECLARE MY PRAISE.
Isaiah 41:21—“Present your case,” says the Lord, “Bring forth your strong reasons,” says the KING OF JACOB. (22) Let them bring forth and show us WHAT WILL HAPPEN; Let them show the former things, what they were, that we may consider them, and KNOW THE LATTER END OF THEM; or DECLARE to us THINGS TO COME. (26) Who has DECLARED from THE BEGINNING, that we may know? And former times, that we may say, ‘He is righteous’? Surely there is no one who shows, surely there is no one WHO DECLARES, Surely THERE IS NO ONE WHO HEARS YOUR WORDS. (27) The first time I said TO ZION, Look, there they are!’ And I will give to Jerusalem one who brings GOOD TIDINGS. (28) For I looked, and there was no man; I looked among them, but there was NO COUNSELOR, who, when I asked of them, could answer a word. Isaiah 45:21—Tell and bring forth YOUR CASE; Yes, let them take counsel together. Who HAS DECLARED this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the Lord? And there is no other God beside Me, (22) LOOK TO ME and BE SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I am God and there is NO OTHER. Psalm 22:27—ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH shall remember AND TURN TO THE LORD, and ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE NATIONS shall WORSHIP BEFORE YOU (28) For THE KINGDOM is the Lord’s, and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.
2 Chronicles 30:6—“Children of Israel, RETURN TO THE LORD GOD OF ABRAHAM, Isaac, and Israel; THEN HE WILL RETURN TO THE REMNANT OF YOU who have escaped from the hand of the kings of ASSYRIA. (Isaiah 10:5—“Woe to ASSYRIA, the rod of My anger and the staff in whose hand is My indignation. (7) Yet he does not mean so, nor does his heart think so; but it is in his heart to destroy, AND CUT OFF NOT A FEW NATIONS.) (7) “And do not be like your fathers and your brethren, who TRESPASSED AGAINST THE LORD GOD OF THEIR FATHERS, so that He gave them up to astonishment, as you see. (8) “Now do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord; AND ENTER HIS SANCTUARY, WHICH HE HAS SANCTIFIED FOREVER, and serve the Lord your God, that the fierceness of HIS WRATH may turn away from you. (9) “For IF YOU RETURN to the Lord, your brethren and your children WILL BE TREATED WITH COMPASSION by those who lead them captive, so that they may come back to THIS LAND; (promise land?) For the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and WILL NOT TURN HIS FACE FROM YOU if YOU RETURN to Him.
Concerning Jacob's dream and the ladder: Genesis 29:13--And behold, THE LORD stood above it and said: I AM THE LORD GOD OF ABRAHAM your father and the God of Isaac; the land (promise land?)on which you lie I will give to you AND TO YOUR DESCENDANTS. (14) "Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and your seed ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED. (Not cut off) (Psalm 37:22--FOR THOSE WHO ARE BLESSED BY HIM SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH, BUT THOSE WHO ARE CURSED BY HIM SHALL BE CUT OFF.)
Psalm 37:27--Depart from evil, and do good; and DWELL forever more. (28) for the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, BUT THE DESCENDANTS OF THE WICKED SHALL BE CUT OFF.(29) The RIGHTEOUS SHALL INHERIT THE LAND, and dwell in it forever. (34) Wait on the Lord, and KEEP HIS WAY, and He shall exalt you TO INHERIT THE LAND; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. (comment: I belive He is wanting us as His people to forsake our wicked ways off not caring about those who are going to be left behind!)
2 Chron. 30:18—“May the good Lord PROVIDE ATONEMENT for everyone (19) “who prepares his heart TO SEEK GOD, THE LORD GOD OF HIS FATHERS, though he is not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.” (20) And the Lord listened to Hezekiah and HEALED THE PEOPLE.
1 Chron. 29:18—“O Lord GOD OF ABRAHAM, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of YOUR PEOPLE, and FIX THEIR HEART TOWARD YOU. 2 Chron. 20:33—Nevertheless the high places were not taken away, for AS YET the people HAD NOT DIRECTED THEIR HEARTS TO THE GOD OF THEIR FATHERS. 2 Chron. 15:12—Then they entered INTO A COVENANT to SEEK THE LORD GOD OF THEIR FATHERS with all their heart and with all their soul;
Deuteronomy 4:30—“When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you IN THE LATTER DAYS, when you turn to the Lord your God and OBEY His voice (31) (“for the Lord your God is a merciful God,” He will not forsake you nor destroy you, NOR FORGET THE COVENANT OF YOUR FATHERS which He swore to them. (36) “Out of heaven He let you hear His voice, that He might instruct you on earth. He showed you His great fire, and you heard HIS WORDS out of the midst of THE FIRE. (Jere. 23:29—“Is not MY WORD like A FIRE? Says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?) Back to Deut. Verse 37—“And because He loved your fathers, therefore He chose THEIR DESCENDANTS after them; and He brought you out of EGYPT with His Presence, (Isaiah 31:3—Now the Egyptians are men, AND NOT GOD; and their horses are flesh, AND NOT SPIRIT.) WITH HIS MIGHTY POWER, (38) “driving out from before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, TO GIVE YOU THEIR LAND (Promise land?) as AN INHERITANCE, AS IT IS THIS DAY. (39) “Therefore know THIS DAY, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; THERE IS NO OTHER.
Isaiah 46:9—Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and THERE IS NO OTHER; (10) DECLARING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, and from ancient times THINGS THAT ARE NOT YET DONE, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.’
Jeremiah 3:22—“Return, you backsliding children, and I WILL HEAL YOUR BACKSLIDINGS.” “Indeed we do come to You, for You are the Lord our God. (23) Truly, in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains; Truly, in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel, (24) For shame has devoured THE LABOR OF OUR FATHERS from our youth—(25) We lie down in our shame, and our reproach covers us. For we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth EVEN TO THIS DAY, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.” Jeremiah 4:1—If you WILL RETURN, O Israel,” says the Lord, “RETURN TO ME; and if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, THEN YOU SHALL NOT BE MOVED. (2) And you shall swear, ‘THE LORD LIVES,’ IN TRUTH, IN JUDGMENT, and IN RIGHTEOUSNESS; THE NATIONS SHALL BLESS THEMSELVES IN HIM, and in Him they shall glory.”
Jeremiah 3:14—“RETURN, O backsliding children” says the Lord; “for I AM MARRIED TO YOU. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, AND I WILL BRING YOU TO ZION. (15) “And I will give you shepherds ACCORDING TO MY HEART, who will feed you WITH KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING. Isaiah 35: 10—And THE RANSOMED of the Lord SHALL RETURN, and come TO ZION with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They SHALL OBTAIN joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Isaiah 51:9—AWAKE, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord! AWAKE AS IN THE ANCIENT DAYS, in the generations of old. Are You not the arm that cut Rahab apart AND WOUNDED THE SERPENT? (10) Are You not the One who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; that made the depths of the sea a road for the redeemed to cross over? (11) So THE RANSOMED of the Lord SHALL RETURN, and come TO ZION with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads; they SHALL OBTAIN joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Isaiah 49:14—But ZION said, “The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me” (15) “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, YET I WILL NOT FORGET YOU. (16) See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me. (17) Your sons shall make haste; your destroyers and those who laid you waste shall go away from you. (18) Lift up your eyes, look around and see; All these gather together and come to you. AS I LIVE,” says the Lord, “You shall surely clothe yourselves with them all as an ornament, and bind them on you as a bride does.
Isaiah 33:30—Look upon ZION, THE CITY of our APPOINTED FEASTS; Your eyes will see JERUSALEM, a quiet habitation, A TABERNACLE that will not be taken down; NOT ONE of its stakes will ever be removed, nor will any of ITS CORDS be broken. (21) BUT THERE THE MAJESTIC LORD WILL BE FOR US a place of broad rivers and streams, nor majestic ships pass by (22) for the Lord IS OUR JUDGE, The Lord is OUR LAWGIVER, the Lord is OUR KING; HE WILL SAVE US; Psalm 48:1—Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, IN THE CITY OF OUR GOD, in His holy mountain. (2) Beautiful in elevation, THE JOY OF THE WHOLE EARTH, IS MOUNT ZION on the sides of the north, THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING. (9) We have thought, O God, on Your loving-kindness, in the midst of YOUR TEMPLE. (10) According to Your name, O God, SO IS YOUR PRAISE TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH; Your right hand is full of RIGHTEOUSNESS. (11) LET MOUNT ZION REJOICE, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of your judgments
In conclusion: 2 Chron. 6:24—if Your people Israel are defeated before an enemy because they have sinned against you, and RETURN and confess YOUR NAME, AND PRAY and make supplication before You IN THIS TEMPLE, (25)”then hear FROM HEAVEN and FORGIVE THE SIN of YOUR PEOPLE ISRAEL, and bring them back to this land (Promise land?) which You gave to them and their fathers. (26) “When heaven is shut up and there is NO RAIN because they have sinned against You, when they pray TOWARD THIS PLACE and confess Your name, and TURN FROM THEIR SIN because You afflict them, (27) then hear IN HEAVEN, and forgive the sin of Your servants. Your people Israel, that YOU MAY TEACH THEM THE GOOD WAY IN WHICH THEY SHOULD WALK; and SEND RAIN on Your land which You have given to Your people AS AN INHERITANCE.
It’s beginning TO RAIN: Deut. 32:2—LET MY TEACHING DROP AS THE RAIN, My speech distill as the dew, As raindrops on the tender herb, and as showers on the grass.
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Excellent study! If only our society would see the error of their ways and turn back to God! Thanks for reading mine as well and I pray the olive leaf helps you. Pastor Brenda Libby