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.
16 It stood still [`amad], but I could not discern [nakar] the form [mar'eh] thereof:
an image [tamuwnah] was before mine eyes [`ayin], there was silence [damamah],
and I heard [shama`] a voice [qowl], saying, KJV-Interlinear
16 'It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; A
form was before my eyes; There was silence, then I heard a voice: NASB
continues with his vision. The figure,
which moved around before his eyes, was difficult to determine exactly what it
was. It was a blur, a haze, a vague
impression. Eliphaz saw it, but could
not distinguish what or who it was.
did hear the source and will repeat the content of the message, but he could
not make out its source.
that Eliphaz's name carries the connotation of worldly wisdom, or street
wisdom. Things that you learn in life,
from life. This blurriness tells us a
Eliphaz is a student of the scriptures.
He learned and studied, to the extent that the Word of God was available
to him in his day. However, his emphasis
in knowledge was not in the teaching of principles, but their application from
real world experiences. Eliphaz's
thinking begins with life's experiences and then he connects the dots back to
correct way of learning wisdom, is to learn Bible doctrine, then connect the
dots back to the real world. Doctrine
method will lead to errors in thinking, and thus errors in life's standards.
example, a person may believe that following the Sabbath is important, which it
is of course. So they get it in their
head that on the Sabbath nothing should be done. Of course then they have to determine which
day is the Sabbath, Saturday or Sunday.
Which day do you think it is?
do they get such an idea? From the
practices common out there in the world.
Some folks recognize the Sabbath on Saturday, while others believe that
Sunday is the true Sabbath.
from that basic standard, other practices are developed. No chewing gum on the Sabbath, no work, no
dancing, no activities, and so forth.
Then when someone violates these basic principles, which are man made by
the way, punishments are developed, and you can see how the whole concept
begins to spiral out of control.
of course you, being so well versed in the Bible, know that the Sabbath concept
is merely a functional worldly reminder of the spiritual principle of rest, or
perpetual rest. That rest comes to the
mature believer, and is a moment by moment Sabbath in the soul. The Sabbath is not a day of the week but a
mental attitude of soul.
Eliphaz has a vision. Its source is not
clear because his understanding and application is confused. This is not an unusual result for many
believers. They just do not pay enough
attention in their studies, if they even pursue a study, so their understanding
is compromised, and therefore their application of Biblical standards result in
result of all of this? The development of many standards of life that people
deem acceptable out there in the world.
And of course, all claim the Bible as their source.
message that Eliphaz heard is true doctrine.
He understands the words, too. His
application is the problem. He heard the
words, and understood them. But then he
looked at life and applied them in error.
Why? Because he lacked a solid
foundation of spiritual understanding within his soul.
your soul exists two simultaneous bodies of understanding. There is academic understanding and spiritual
the New Testament, they are described as 'gnosis' and 'epignosis.' When we get to our study of Ephesians and
James, we will go over these terms in greater detail. But basically, gnosis stands for
understanding of knowledge, while epignosis stands for possession of that
this world, an unbeliever can read and even memorize the entire Bible, but he
will have only gnosis. He reads and
understands the words, 'In the beginning God ,' but he has no spiritual clue
as to their meaning. People can learn
math, and science, and music, and cooking, and so forth. These are all academic learning processes. Academic learning goes directly into ones
soul through the five senses.
in the spiritual realm, learning is processed by the Holy Spirit, through ones
human spirit, and from there into the soul.
Remember that unbelievers do not have a human spirit, so they are
incapable of assimilating spiritual information.
information goes into the soul's worldly architecture. Spiritual information is funneled into a new
structure within the soul. Typical terms
for this new structure are ones palace, ones temple, ones edification complex,
ones home or house. There are a couple
of charts on the web site that diagram the soul of the believer and unbeliever.
correct processing of spiritual information results in the transformation of
information contained in the academic side of the soul, get lost in the fog of
information contained in the spiritual components of the soul put all academic
information in its correct perspective.
image, which Eliphaz saw, came to a stop and then there was silence. When total silence occurs, immediately after activity,
then that usually gets our attention. We
tend to look up from whatever it is we are doing, to see what the cause of the
image had Eliphaz's undivided attention.
Eliphaz was shaking in fright.
Even in the fog of the world, Bible doctrine carries more power, than
anything within the world.
Eliphaz saw was not important. The
message is the important thing here. If
he had seen an angel or a creature or anything, then he probably would not have
heard the words, but would have been distracted by the image. When ones spiritual life does not have a
solid foundation in doctrine, then distractions come easily.
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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.