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.
2 Examine [bachan] me, O LORD [Yahovah], and prove [nacah] me; try [tsaraph] my reins [kilyah] and my
me, O Lord, and try me; Test my mind and my heart. NASB
A complete examination is requested of God in order to verify the existence of a sound spiritual foundation and life within the believer.
The words for examine, prove, and try, are all related in one way or another to the examination or testing of precious metals.
To examine, is a method for verifying the genuineness and therefore the value.
To try, is typically used in connection with an examination of smells and odors, and is typically used for foods or plants to determine their goodness or freshness. When testing metals then the examination would be for color or the observation of contaminants or impurities, and therefore the quality of the metal.
To try, is an examination of the strengths, durability, or sustaining power or ability of a metal.
The one performing examination is the Lord, Jesus Christ. Therefore, the examination is thorough and complete, objective and fair.
What is being examined are the reins and the heart of the individual believer.
The reins, have been used in Scriptures to identify the bowels, or the seat or source of one’s affections and emotions. This examination looks at the stability, the poise, and a genuine desire, a genuine deep desire, of the believer’s attitude toward God, Christ, and Bible doctrine. This looks at the believers commitment, not pretense, towards sticking to their daily study and use of Bible doctrine within their daily life.
The heart is the thinking or circulation aspect of the soul. It represents or identifies the thoughts and activity of the thinking processes of the individual.
What you think is what you are. And if you have Bible doctrine in your soul, placed their by consistent and regular daily Bible study, then your thoughts will be along the lines of objectivity and accurate thinking of the truths of life, and proper orientation to the real realities of life.
If you lack Bible doctrine in your soul, then your mind is opened to the chaos and nonsense of the thinking of this world.
We as believers, engage in our daily Bible study not to learn some mysterious secret that no one else has discovered over these many thousands of years, not to gain some magic potion or access to a miracle for one’s own use, not to make ourselves into some super person that can accumulate brownie points or special things from God.
We engage in our daily Bible study so that our minds and thoughts and actions will continue on a daily basis after a pattern that is consistent with truth.
Bible doctrine is a system of structure and boundaries that helps us keep our soul healthy, and growing, and connected to the realities of life, so that we can be oriented properly and not fooled by the deceptions and distortions and lies of this world.
Bible doctrine keeps us on track within our spiritual life. Bible doctrine helps us bear up under the burdens of life in this world. Bible doctrine is not a magic potion that will make the problems of life go away, it helps you face them, and deal with them as they happen in your life.
You can ignore God and doctrine to try to make your own way through life, but that is a fool’s choice.
If you were to sum up all of life that exists in this world, into one word, then that word would be, temporary.
If you were to sum up all of life that exists in the spiritual world, into one word, then that word would be, eternal.
Anything that is temporary is empty and will amount to nothing.
Anything that is eternal, has great intrinsic value and will continue on forever.
So which is better, to invest in the temporary, or to invest in the eternal? How do you do that?
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.