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.
2 Iron [barzel] is taken [laqach] out of the earth [`aphar],
and brass [nachuwshah] is molten [tsuwq] out of the stone ['eben].
3 He setteth [suwm] an end [qets] to darkness [choshek], and
searcheth out [chaqar] all perfection [takliyth]: the stones ['eben] of
darkness ['ophel], and the shadow of death [tsalmaveth]. KJV-Interlinear
2 'Iron is taken from the dust, And
from rock copper is smelted. 3 'Man puts
an end to darkness, And to the farthest limit he searches out The rock in gloom
and deep shadow. NASB
As gold and silver might be more obvious and valuable,
people kept on looking to less expensive and more abundant materials to work
Copper and iron are among the earliest of metals used
in ancient history. Tubal-Cain in Gen.
4, is mentioned as being an instructor or teacher in the art of making brass (copper),
and iron. He was the eighth generation
after Adam, through Cain. Probably
comparable to the time frame of Methuselah, living in the latter half of the
pre-flood era, just a couple of generations prior to and concurrent with, Noah.
Being an instructor does not mean that he was the
original discoverer of the refining process, but it implies that he had enough
intelligence to improve on the process of refining iron ore and copper ore,
into various things.
Iron ore and copper ore are mineral components of
rocks and dust. They have to be
discovered, found, dug up from an open pit or extracted from a tunnel, and
hauled to a place for refining. In the
refining process a hot fire is required.
Wood does not burn hot enough, so coal and then forced air are needed in
order to heat the raw ore and purge the oxygen and other impurities out of it. The metal can be beaten and heated again and
again, then cooled in cold water in order to shape it into some usable object. Then you sell it to make your money.
In the entire process you either do all of the work
yourself, hire others to do it for you, or force others into slavery in order
to get the raw material from the ground to the finished product.
Unlike gold, iron and copper objects are less valuable
and require much more work in order to get anything out of them.
Man has to carry torches or lanterns into caverns or
other dark places, man has to search far and wide in order to discover the
hidden treasures of the world. And, man
has to figure out a way to use or convert the worlds raw materials into
something useful and valuable.
Man did this from the earliest generations, and man is
still pursuing this process in our modern era of high tech toys. Everything we have today, whether food, plastic,
metal, clothing, electronic, or whatever, has an origin in some earthly
resource. Everything has to come through
a manufacturing process of some kind, all of which requires work and effort
before the end product becomes a reality.
And all end products which man makes, are temporary.
They are either temporary to your own personal
lifespan, or temporary to this world.
Man works hard for the finer things of life -
gold. Man works even harder for the
useful products of this world - iron.
And though both have value and usefulness, neither are as valuable or
intrinsically valuable as Bible doctrine.
Remember that everything in this world is no better
than a shadow. We have already studied
the characteristics of the shadow, which is basically nothing, and we have
compared it to the reality of Bible doctrine, which is infinitely greater than
Bible doctrine comes to us through the
scriptures. Bible doctrine is relatively
easy to obtain. Certainly far easier
than mining and refining ore.
Bible doctrine is the gift of God, courtesy of the
work of Christ. The mining process is
the product of mans efforts based on mans work.
Through spiritual growth, God provides for all of our
needs, both worldly and spiritually.
Through carnal pursuits, man goes to great efforts in
his attempts to obtain the same objectives of prosperity, security and
happiness, but ultimately always ends up with greater problems, greater
insecurities, greater unhappiness and so forth, and finally losing everything
when he dies.
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.