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 For I am full [male'] of matter [millah], the
spirit [ruwach] within [beten] me constraineth [tsuwq] me.
19 Behold, my belly [beten] is as wine [yayin] which
hath no vent [pathach]; it is ready to burst [baqa`] like new [chadash] bottles ['owb].
20 I will speak [dabar], that I may
be refreshed [ravach]: I will open [pathach] my lips [saphah] and answer
18 'For I am full of words; The spirit within me constrains me. 19 'Behold,
my belly is like unvented wine, Like new
wineskins it is about to burst. 20 'Let
me speak that I may get relief; Let me
open my lips and answer. NASB
New wine skins hold new wine. When the wine is in its state of
fermentation, it gives off vapors which when contained, create pressure. In bags made of skins, the bags can burst
under the strain unless opened to release the pressure.
In his youth, Elihu is anxious, full of energy, full
of words which will make him simply burst apart, as he uses the expression, if
he is not allowed to speak and get the words out.
But the spirit within him, and this is the lesson of
the day, constrains him such that he withholds himself until everyone has had
their say and until he has an opportunity, and their permission, to speak.
When a person is born, he is born physically alive but
spiritually dead. The body has
biological life residing in the physical body, and the soul has human life
residing within the soul.
When a person believes in the Savior (Christ), then he
receives a new birth. This is often
times called being reborn, or born again.
At the instant of belief, God creates a human spirit and imputes eternal
life within it. Now a person is body,
soul, and spirit. Each are the
respective vessels of their respective lives - biological, human, and eternal
During ones life, you will be under the control of the
sin nature or the Holy Spirit depending on whether you have confessed your sins
to the Father or not.
When you sin, or when you disregard the spiritual
aspects of your life (you sin by default), then you are said to be out of
fellowship. In this case you live your life as a slave to the sin nature.
When you confess your sins (this applies to believers
only), then you are said to be in fellowship, and live your life under the
control of the Holy Spirit. 'In the
spirit,' is an expression for being in fellowship.
And so Elihu, though he is young, explains here that
he is speaking while he is in fellowship, under the control of the spirit,
while he applies self discipline to his own actions by respecting the elders,
and by holding his tongue in their presence.
It is this self-discipline which he has trained
himself in, by learning manners and respect and so forth, that constrains him.
Confession of sin, daily Bible study, and all of the
repetition that occurs in this process, serve as excellent training devices and
learning tools for spiritual growth.
And note, these methods apply only to believers.
Unbelievers lack a human spirit, which is the critical link for having a
relationship with God and the spiritual side of life. No human spirit (which comes only through
faith in Christ), no spiritual life.
Elihu is itching to speak, and feels like he will
explode if told to keep still. But he
has great poise and self discipline restraining him despite his emotional
feelings in the matter.
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.