what does stiff neck mean?

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“Stiff Necks” by nakedpastor David Hayward

In the bible, stiff-neck refers to inflexible obstinacy. It doesn’t necessarily point to any specific sin. It simply describes someone who is unwilling to change. It is a stubborn attitude resistant to transformation.

At the root of the biblical message is transformation. Change. Paul was right to indicate that true transformation begins in the mind: “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12: 2). Behavior modification is one thing. Mind modification is another.

Actually, it’s not about modifying the mind, but renewing it. Behold, he is a new creation! We’re talking about the kind of change that is radical. Not change but exchange.

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