To ‘repent’ jn the Hebrew is to make a turn about, a 180 degree turn that implies a move in the opposite direction. In the case of turning from our wicked ways, we MUST turn back to Torah, to Yah’s way of doing things not man’s way.
The Hebrew word used here for wicked is ‘Rah’ the same word used in Genesis 3 to describe the knowledge of good and bad that Adam got from eating the forbidden fruit.
We must turn away from doing things Adam’s way and turn back to doing things Yah’s way according to His Torah.
On day six of creation Yah looked back on His creation and pronounced it ‘good’ (Tov) only then did He create Adam, and after doing so He pronounced His creation ‘perfect’ (tov Me’od). Creation itself remains perfect, however whilst I follow Adam’s way it is not perfect, but the moment I turn back to Yah’s way, the way of Torah, then that perfection can start to re-establish itself in my vicinity. All the time I behave like Adam, doing things my way, that perfection is in abeyance for there is only one way that leads to life, all other ways lead to Adam’s death.
I have a relationship with Yah, it is my relationship and, apart from my wife, nobody else id part of that relationship for they have (or have not) their own relationship with the creator. Whilst my children were underage they too were part of my relationship with Yah, but as they grow into adulthood so they too must seek, and find their own relationship with Yah.
This relationship starts in our quiet moments, when we can have a dialogue with Yah, it does not start in Church of Beit Knesset (synagogue), it starts in my heart when I hear and acknowledge that Yahovah my Elohim is one Elohim, and that I begine to love Him with all my heart.
It is so easy to go through the motions of being ‘religious’ but it is a long journey to the Father’s house and it helps an awful lot if we are walking in the right direction. It is for this reason that Yah sends his servants to meet us from afar. But first we must turn around, we must leave the pig sty and take the pathway that leads to home, the place where we become the pinnacle of Yah’s Creation, its crowning glory, its perfection.