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.
18 If he destroy [bala`] him from his place [maqowm],
then it shall deny [kachash] him, saying, I
have not seen [ra'ah] thee.
19 Behold, this is the joy [masows] of his way [derek], and out
of the earth [`aphar] shall others ['acher] grow [tsamach]. KJV-Interlinear
18 'If he is removed from his place, Then it will deny him,
saying, 'I never saw you.' 19 'Behold,
this is the joy of His way; And out of the dust others will spring. NASB
In a previous study, we perceived an
irony coming, and here it is.
Ask yourself one question now. How many people have ever lived in all of
human history? From the time of Adam and
Eve, up to and including today.
We know that the population of the world
is a little over six and a half billion people now, and growing at various
rates from 1.8 percent to 3 percent per year, depending on where you live in
the world. That means that around 130
million people are born every year, or about 350,000 new souls are added to the
population growth each day. That is net
of, and over and above, any who die.
There have been many population mathematical
models estimating the total numbers of people ever born since Adam's time, ranging
from several hundred billion to a couple of trillion folks.
How many of them do you know? How many of them do you remember? How many of them who have lived in this
world, still have their worldly possessions?
Who is going to remember you? What makes you so different that you can
accomplish everything that no one in the past has been able to accomplish?
Now here is Bildad calling out the
The wicked or Godless person, places
emphasis on his earthly existence. In
that, he looks for his happiness and security, and purpose in life. And yet, when the waters of the river recede
and the waters of the marsh dry up, as they always do, then the plants of the
previously mentioned symbolisms, die.
What happens to the spiritually negative
person? They lose everything. If they could return, then what would they
discover? They would discover that
another has taken their place, that they have been forgotten, that their former
estate will reject them.
That is the legacy of the spiritually
negative person. They are historical
filler and their whole existence has come to nothing.
In your life, you were placed in this
world for what purpose? To raise
children, to change diapers, to design rockets?
No. None of these things are
relevant. Whatever you do in life,
whether designing rockets, changing diapers, or being someone's companion and
entertainment, may be your assigned duty for getting by in life, but they are
not your eternal destiny.
You were placed in this world to grow up
spiritually. When you were born, you
were given the opportunity to advance in your spiritual life. Most people are indifferent toward that end.
Simultaneously, while you should be
learning Bible doctrine, you have a temporal life wherein you need an
education, a job, a career, a function of some type. This gives you a means of living
in this world, as well as a mechanism for applying what you learn, to your
You may be the breadwinner or you may be
the support for the breadwinner of your family.
In that role, you learn how to establish priorities, responsibility, and
charity within your life. These are
applications of your spiritual life.
Or, you can ignore all of this Bible
stuff, and become just like all of those other billions or trillions from
So what is the irony here? No one learns.
You have a great deal of physical
evidence pointing to the vastness of God.
Look at the stars on any clear night. Try to learn the names of everyone
who has ever been born. Actually, try to
find out their names, if you can.
Where you live now. Do you know the names of all of the former
owners or residents, going all the way back to the beginning of time?
The plans you are making now, the
possessions you have now, everything in your life, that is, everything that is
non-spiritual, is temporary at the very best.
Why would you invest one-hundred percent of your efforts in a life that
is temporary, and ignore completely, the part of your life that is permanent?
Your spiritual life is by far your most
important possession and should be your highest priority in life. Your temporal existence was given to you by
God, as logistical support, to help sustain you in this life, while you grow up
Most folks live their life backwards in
So, whether you are the entertainment
and companion of another, or the designer of leading edge technology, makes no
difference. Both have their role in
society and especially in your personal life, obviously. Within them, within your daily life, you can
practice the principles you learn in your Bible study.
But, your objective should be your own
spiritual growth toward maturity. That
is permanent and eternal, and that is the only thing which God will evaluate
and reward in eternity.
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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.