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 Hast thou entered [bow'] into the springs [nebek] of
the sea [yam]? or hast thou walked [halak] in the search [cheqer] of
the depth [tahowm]?
17 Have the gates [sha`ar] of death [maveth] been
opened [galah] unto thee? or hast thou seen [ra'ah] the doors [sha`ar] of the
shadow of death [tsalmaveth]?
18 Hast thou perceived [biyn] the breadth [rachab] of the
earth ['erets]? declare [nagad] if thou knowest [yada`] it
16 'Have you entered into the
springs of the sea? Or have you walked
in the recesses of the deep? 17 'Have
the gates of death been revealed to you?
Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? 18 'Have you understood the expanse of the
earth? Tell Me, if you know all this. NASB
And so what else is so common to mankind that we
should know its beginnings and its ends, its lengths and its breadth?
Here God gives us two simple examples. The seas and the secrets that they hold, and
death and the secrets it holds.
Both are right there, close at hand, but neither can
be searched out to discover all of their secrets.
Certainly in Job's day, the ocean floor was beyond
discovery. And even in our current day,
we are now only beginning to discover the vast underwater currents that stream
the worlds waters around the globe. We
are only now beginning to discover the fountains that spray huge volumes of
highly heated water into the ocean depths.
Only now are we beginning to discover the vast quantities of life that
exist on the ocean floor, even in the deepest of places in the ocean.
But beyond the ocean floor what is there? That question remains unanswered. We can only drill core samples and guess as
to the contents of the earths center.
And as for death, Sheol and Hades, what is it we know
Throughout the centuries, man has held hands with man
as the latter slips away into death. We
see nothing enter when life begins and we see nothing leave when life
ends. Can't we catch life in a jar and
save it for future use?
But when life leaves the body, it does not
return. Angels are at their assigned
stations, next to the dying person, there to escort him or her to their next
destination. For believers in our
current day, the next stop is before the Lord.
For unbelievers, the next stop is Torments, one of the four compartments
that resides beneath the earth in the underworld we commonly call Hades.
But how many of us have gone there for a visit? How many of us even know where to look? And how many have returned? And the answer to all is, none. If that is your destination, then a temporary
stop over is not on your travel agenda.
Though we have discovered a great deal in technology,
in science, and such, man has discovered nothing regarding death. We cannot see
angels, we cannot see human life. There
are many questions of which God knows the answers, but man will never discover
in this life.
To man, these questions are complete darkness. To God, the answers are as clear as being
seen in the high noonday sun.
Politicians, celebrities, and even poverty-stricken
folks may believe that they have the answers, but they do not.
All we have is what God gave us. We live our life in responsibility, while we
study the Bible daily. Our Bible study,
if nothing else, keeps our eyes open to the distractions of the world. We may not be able to save the world or even
change it, but that is of no matter. We
are still obligated to be responsible in life while at the same time growing up
in His wisdom.
The pattern of world history has already been
established, but your personal pattern of life is established by your attitude
toward God. Regardless of what path this
world takes, God is able to place you on the right path for your life and
success in accordance with His will.
Will your life be trouble free, in this life? No. You are going to be troubled with high gas
prices, high food prices, subject to unemployment or business downturns. But no matter what this world throws at you,
God will have an alternative course for you to follow. It may be difficult from
your viewpoint, from time to time, but this is your 'Job' test for life.
Never flinch, and never give up, even to the point of
your own death. God has your life in His
hands always, and He will never lose you.
You are being watched by the angels of heaven, and they celebrate when
you successfully pass any given hardship.
Why, because you have had the ability to succeed? No. Because you have relied on your faith and you
have pursued every obvious avenue that God has placed before you.
Even in not knowing what you should do from one day to
the next. Even when you are smothered by
the anxieties of life. But you keep on
in your spiritual life. And one day
passes by, as does one month, and a year and then another. And here you still are, when you should have
evaporated from this world long ago. How
can that be?
There are many questions for which we will never know
the answers. But no matter. Our Bible study is all that we need to
succeed, because it reveals our path, our obligations, and our
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.