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.
4 Let us choose [bachar] to us
judgment [mishpat]: let us know [yada`] among ourselves what is good [towb]. KJV-Interlinear
4 'Let us choose for ourselves
what is right; Let us know among
ourselves what is good. NASB
Elihu lays the foundation for what we read in 1 Thess.
1 Thess. 5:21-22
21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that
which is good; 22 abstain from every
form of evil. NASB
We do not choose what we wish to be right and to be
wrong. That is what the world does
already. Making everything relative such
that anything can be justified in mans eyes.
But we have to remain within the context of the Book
of Job and within the context of the Bible.
We study to show ourselves approved, which means that we study in order
to learn, in order to understand, in order to grow up spiritually to maturity. From our studies, we examine everything we
learn. This helps us to be able to
discern between that which is true and that which is false.
Often times we will come to a confrontation between
what we have been brought up believing, and what the Bible teaches. And in that case, our biases, our prejudices,
our personal feelings will interfere with our objectivity.
But with continued study, with regular study, with
daily study, then the Holy Spirit, who reveals all truth to your inner soul
through your human spirit, will eventually make all things of truth, clear to
And when truth becomes clear, then you face a second
challenge, and that challenge is your letting go of your former beliefs. That can be a tough one in many cases, and
depending on the subject in question.
For example, if you have been brought up believing
that chewing gum on Sunday is a sin, then when you come to realize that is not
the case, it may be easy to dismiss the former belief.
But when your former belief deals with marriage, with
divorce, with homosexuality, with abortion, with global warming, with politics
and so forth, then these beliefs can tend to bring anxiety, even revolt if you
come to the understanding that your former beliefs are wrong, and yet you want
to hang on to them.
Again, time will solve it all. That is, time will solve your understanding
if you keep on with your Bible studies.
If you run into a conflict between the Bible and what
you believe and then turn away from the Bible, or align yourself with a study
that teaches things the way you want them to be taught, then your understanding
of truth will take longer.
But then, Elihu has already indicated that truth is
clear to us all, it is our acceptance of it that really is the crux of our
failure to grow up spiritually. And, it
is this stubbornness that prevents our spiritual blessings from becoming a
reality in our lives.
You can be your own worst enemy.
People who reject doctrine will have a tendency to
withdraw from society, they will have a tendency in trying to control those
around them, they will have a tendency to make unimportant things into
mountains, and important things into molehills.
They will think more of themselves, and be more than willing to
embarrass or give up others in order to alleviate or satisfy their own hate or
And more than this, rejection of truth will always end
up in self delusion and ultimate disaster for ones own life.
Therefore, Elihu gives good advice. Keep on studying, keep on evaluating, keep on
testing everything you hear or learn in life.
But most important of all, keep on with your daily Bible studies, for
without that standard, you will have no way to gauge the accuracy of everything
you hear or learn.
Through doctrine, you will eventually know, with
certainty, what is true and what is false in life.
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.