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.
16 If now thou hast understanding [biynah], hear [shama`] this:
hearken ['azan] to the voice [qowl] of my words [millah]. KJV-Interlinear
16 'But if you have
understanding, hear this; Listen to the
sound of my words. NASB
The word for understanding, generally implies
knowledge and comprehension of that knowledge.
But here it carries a little different look. Here, understanding implies 'to observe.'
So, if you are wise enough to know the difference
between right and wrong, if you are wise enough to be able to discern between
what is true and what is false, if you are wise enough to have an open mind and
are wiling to learn, if you are wise enough to not allow arrogance or
stubbornness from clouding your thinking and decisions, then listen, then hear,
then give your attention to what truth is said or needs to be said.
You did not have any say or input in your own
birth. Likewise, you will not have any
say or input in your death. Everything in life, during your life is generally
beyond your control.
You cannot control the weather, the economy, the price
And yet, with so little control over life, arrogance
drives man to thinking he can do whatever he wishes in life, whenever he wishes.
There is a big difference between setting goals for
oneself and pursuing those goals and generally being responsible and flexible
in life so you can achieve the things you want out of life, thus increasing
your options in life.
And being rigid regarding the facts and circumstances of
life and refusing to hear or consider alternatives, thus limiting your options
in life, and maybe never getting anywhere in life.
So it is with ones spiritual life. To pursue ones
spiritual life opens up infinite doors of opportunity. To ignore your spiritual life, imposes severe
limitations on your life and closes every door for anything permanent and
worthwhile in life.
And who should be in control over your life? The wisdom which points you in the direction
of truth and opportunity and prosperity, or the attitude which points you in
the direction of failure?
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.