Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Proverbs 15:9

Proverbs 15:29, page 1023, also illustrates the spatial concept of wickedness.  We learn from the proverb that “The Lord is far from wicked, but He hears the prayers of righteous.” 1The writer used the same Hebrew term “far from” (“רָחוֹק”) which David used in Psalm 22:1, page 874.   In this case, the second clause (“He hears the prayers of the righteous”) provided a consequence of spiritual spatial distance between the wicked and the LORD Himself.  The LORD does not hear them because they are “far away,” a consequence of their wickedness. 2I find it also interesting that David had done nothing wicked in Psalm 22:1, page 874, yet God did deliver David from suffering.  In Proverbs 15:29, page 1023, the prayers of David related directly to his despair over not being delivered. Proverbs 15:9, page 1023, provides both more insight into spatial spiritual thinking, and also a spatial spiritual thinking contrast to Psalm 22:1, page 874.  Of course, as omnipresent God, the LORD was never actually displaced from the wicked, but this verse helped the Psalmist depict the sinner separated by evil from the LORD. 

Joel 3:8, Micah 4:3

The prophets Joel and Micah used the word “distant” to describe geographically removed nations in Joel 3:8, page 1433, and Micah 4:3, page 1456. 3The Hebrew term here for “distant” (“רָחוֹק”) in Joel 3:8, page 1433, described the geographical distance from Judah to the land of the Sabeans  This use of the term appears purely geographical, and not a matter of spatial spiritual distance. 4Likewise, in Micah 4:3, page 1456, Micah used the term “distant” (“עַד-רָחוֹק”) to describe geographical distance between mighty foreign nations under the control of God during the millennial reign of Christ Jesus

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1. The writer used the same Hebrew term “far from” (“רָחוֹק”) which David used in Psalm 22:1, page 874.
2. I find it also interesting that David had done nothing wicked in Psalm 22:1, page 874, yet God did deliver David from suffering.  In Proverbs 15:29, page 1023, the prayers of David related directly to his despair over not being delivered. Proverbs 15:9, page 1023, provides both more insight into spatial spiritual thinking, and also a spatial spiritual thinking contrast to Psalm 22:1, page 874.  Of course, as omnipresent God, the LORD was never actually displaced from the wicked, but this verse helped the Psalmist depict the sinner separated by evil from the LORD.
3. The Hebrew term here for “distant” (“רָחוֹק”) in Joel 3:8, page 1433, described the geographical distance from Judah to the land of the Sabeans
4. Likewise, in Micah 4:3, page 1456, Micah used the term “distant” (“עַד-רָחוֹק”) to describe geographical distance between mighty foreign nations under the control of God during the millennial reign of Christ Jesus