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.
3 I have heard [shama`] the check [muwcar] of my reproach [kalimmah],
and the spirit [ruwach] of my understanding [biynah] causeth me to answer [`anah].
3 'I listened to the reproof
which insults me, And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer. NASB
Zophar listened, or said he did, as Job spoke
truth. But, Zophar is insulted by Jobs
words of truth. Zophar presents himself
as a man of reason and wisdom, and yet he rejects wisdom, instead substituting
it with emotional self-righteousness.
Zophar makes himself the center of this conversation
now. He makes himself the topic. And so
it is with people who may have academic knowledge of right and wrong, but lack
the spiritual component in their soul to sort out the wisdom of truth.
They become self centered and make themselves the
issue, rather than the principles of truth being the issue of the conversation.
In every conversation, people should be able to sort
out fact from fiction, reality from emotion. And if they have some semblance of
Bible doctrine in their soul, then they will be able to discern truth from
fiction, in life.
Otherwise, lacking Bible doctrine in their soul, the
only thing left is emotional reaction, or emotional revolt of the soul. They make themselves the issue. They become offended easily. They become
Today we call it political correctness where anyone
and everyone can be easily insulted or offended. Sensitivity isn't even skin deep as people
live shallow lives. Samurai cut your
head off if you insult them. Cowboys
call you out to a gunfight if you insult them.
Gentlemen challenge you to a dual if you insult them.
Spiritually mature folks don't care one bit what you
call them. Your opinions are of no use
to the mature believer. Only Gods opinion matters.
Zophar could have sat back and considered the matter,
and then approached the conversation from Jobs perspective. After all, it is Job who is suffering here,
not Zophar. Zophar has no basis for making
himself the issue here, other than his lack of wisdom, and that leaves him with
Emotion is the not the central mechanism for thinking.
Emotion can only respond or react to
something. Emotion does not think. Thinking should be the cause for emotion and
not the other way around.
When people are driven by emotion, then trouble is
usually not far behind.
When people are driven by thinking, then they are
better able to appreciate the things in life, rather than being insulted, or
lusting for, or feeling angry or self-pity for what they have or do not have in
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.