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11 Who teacheth ['alph] us more than
the beasts [bahemah] of the earth ['erets], and maketh us wiser [chakam] than the fowls [`owph] of heaven [shamayim]? KJV-Interlinear
11 Who teaches us more than the
beasts of the earth, And makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?' NASB
We know that there are but two opinions in this
universe - Gods and everything else. We
know that there are only two views in this universe - Gods and everyone else's.
It only stands to reason that there are only two
sources of learning in this universe - from God and from everything else.
Elihu recognizes that man learns from nature, from
weather, from the seasons and such. We
know that we learn from scientific discoveries, from which innovation comes,
from philosophy or man invented ideas and so forth.
This latter source of learning, or learning from the
world, whether from the telescope, the microscope, or from social interactions
are all sources for mans learning from his environment, his physical
The universe is extremely complicated as far as we are
concerned. We have only recently begun
to discover its complex secrets in genetics, in psychology, in economics, in
science, in virtually everything you can think of.
But all of these subjects are sources from our
environment of the world or universe around us.
Elihu proposes a question. Is there any additional or better source of
For those who want to learn the truth of life, then
there is God, Christ, doctrine and their spiritual life. That is the ultimate source of learning.
For those who reject God, then there is everything in
our environment which serves as a source of learning, but inherently points to
God and His involvement in every aspect of life.
And as creatures of higher learning and reasoning
capabilities, one would think that man would be far smarter than the animals of
the world. Smarter than geese, ants
whales, bears, whatever. These seem to
know the basics of life, the seasons at the very least, and they seen to be
able to have survived throughout history without knowledge in the higher
sciences and theories of humanity.
Even in our present day, why is it that humanity has been
able to survive for many centuries without the aid of modern agriculture,
manufacturing, marketing, and such? When
all they had was there physical labor, seed, and the weather.
But despite our modern technologies, man still lacks
knowledge in the spiritual realm while pursuing more and more knowledge in the
physical realm, but never able to solve any of his basic problems - poverty,
hunger, employment, prosperity for all, sickness and so forth. And man keeps on ignoring the spiritual side
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.