neither is it merely possessions ?for a man?s life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth? ( <421215>Luke 12:15). But life is the right relation of our powers, or holiness and the right use of our powers, or love. It is the right number of our powers, or completeness and the right intensity of our powers, or energy of will. It is the right environment of our powers, or society and the right source of our powers, or God.
(e) The words used in Scripture to denote the place of departed spirits have in them no implication of annihilation and the allusions to the condition of the departed show that death, to the writers of the Old and the New Testaments, although it was the termination of man?s earthly existence, was not an extinction of his being or his consciousness.
On lwav Sheol, Gesenius, Lexicon, 10th ed., says that, though lwav is commonly explained as infinitive of la1v; , to demand, it is undoubtedly allied to l[v (root lv ) to be ?sunk, = and sinking,? ?depth,? or ?the sunken, deep, place.? Aidhv , Hades, = not ?hell,? ?but the ?unseen world,? conceived by the Greeks as a shadowy, but not as an unconscious, state of being. Genung, Epic of the Inner Life, on <180709>Job 7:9 ? ?Sheol, the Hebrew word designating the unseen abode of the dead; a neutral word, presupposing neither misery nor happiness, and not infrequently used much as we use the word ?the grave?, to denote the final undefined resting place of all.?
<012508> Genesis 25:8, 9 ? Abraham ?was gathered to his people. And Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the cave of Machpelah.? ?Yet Abraham?s father was buried in Haran, and his more remote ancestors in Ur of the Chaldees. So Joshua?s generation is said to be ?gathered to their fathers? though the generation that preceded them perished in the wilderness, and previous generations died in Egypt? (W. H. Green, in S.
S. Times). So of Isaac in <013529>Genesis 35:29, and of Jacob in 19:29, 33, ? all of whom were gathered to their fathers before they were buried.
<042024> Numbers 20:24 ? ?Aaron shall be gathered unto his people.? Here it is very plain that being ?gathered unto his people? was something different from burial. <051006>Deuteronomy 10:6 ? ?There Aaron died, and there he was buried.? <180313>Job 3:13, 18 ? ?For now should I have lain down and been quiet; I should have slept; then had I been at rest...There the prisoners are at ease together; They hear not the voice of the taskmaster?; 7:9 ? ?As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away, So he that goeth down to Sheol shall come up no more?; 14:22 ? ?But his flesh upon him hath pain, And his soul within him mourneth.?
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