You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
bricks [labenah] are fallen down, [naphal]
but we will build [banah] with hewn stones: [gaziyth] the sycomores [shaqam] are
cut down, [gada`] but we will change [chalaph] them into cedars. ['erez] KJV-Interlinear
"The bricks have fallen down, But we will rebuild with smooth stones; The
sycamores have been cut down, But we will replace them with cedars." NASB
The attitude continues with spiritually negative people. They assume they are better than what they actually are.
They over compensate within their own minds despite all of their flaws.
And ultimately they are delusional, never learning, never figuring it all out.
Bricks are made of mud and clay and will waste away over time.
Hewn stones are a more solid material for construction and will last a much longer time than mud bricks.
Sycamores are abundant but less desirable than cedar trees. Cedar is more beautiful, endures better, has a fresher scent.
And so the people of Ephraim knew very well the dismal and decaying state of their country. And especially after it has been destroyed. But their arrogance continues and their belief is that they can still, on their own, and without Gods help, do better - stone instead of brick, cedar instead of sycamore wood.
We will build. We will change them.
And all that they change is the material, or rather presume that they will be around to make that change. And the change in the material of construction will be sufficient to improve their lives overall.
Now, since Adam was created, mans soul has not changed.
Your soul and mine, have human life, mentality, emotion, a frame of reference, categorical thinking, memory centers and so forth. But too, we all have the sin nature ingrained not in our soul, but in our physical bodies.
What has changed in that regard from Adam's time up to our current time? Nothing.
We all sin. We all have weaknesses. We all require instruction and learning and understanding. We all have our basic wants and needs.
Eve sinned because of her indifference. She simply did not pay attention. Adam paid attention but knowingly rejected Gods warning. Both were guilty of arrogance. Cain committed murder. And so the sin activity continued from way back then, up to our current day. Not much has changed in the human soul in all of our history.
Technology has certainly changed from mud to steel, from walking to flying, from speaking to the internet.
So we have certainly improved on our bricks of life, but those bricks and technological improvements have not changed the human soul. We can just do things faster, but we all still lack the basic ingredients in the soul that are necessary for eternity.
And so, Bible doctrine is what Adam needed, and it is what you need too.
All of the silk or cotton or electronic gadgets that you have, will not improve your self-completion as a person, because that requires a transformation of your soul, which is internal within you.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.