Digital search for meaning of friends links

Most of us are digital natives, or at least very happy in the virtual internet world, and have contacts on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. But I specifically remember a conversation I had with my friend prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that I would like to share with you. It brought new insight into the meaning of evangelical counselors.

Virtual Reality

“Future innovations from 5G to 10G are far beyond imagination,” Sister Shirley said on Zoom. “Maybe we will be able to meet multidimensional models of our dear sisters who live on the opposite end of the globe as if they were standing right in front of us.”

But there wouldn’t be real warmth and feeling from a hug or a handshake, sure,” I answered.

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“How did people in the Old Testament world see reality?” We wonder and start discussing each other. Finally, I open a copy of the Bible from the digital library on my laptop, just out of curiosity, to look at the contents and see what life and relationships are like.

“Well…” I was pleasantly shocked by my discovery as I tried to delve more than two thousand years into history and its story. “There is the word ‘nevish’ which is mentioned 757 times!” Scream.

Sister Shirley is also interested in learning more, and she insists that I share the screen with her. “What does the word ‘nafeesh’ mean according to the philosophy of the language of the biblical characters? We decided to find out.


“He is hungry”Deuteronomy 12:20; 1 Samuel 2:16thirsty (Proverbs 25:25), greed (Proverbs 23:2), always dissatisfied, devour (Habakkuk 2: 5), breathing air (Genesis 2:7; Jeremiah 2:24Throat with wide jaw and open mouth wandering with insatiable desireEcclesiastes 6:9), Sister Shirley read.

“The throat seems to identify a person,” she said.

“In simple terms, they seem to be looking for something in their relationships that really fulfills them, right?” I have added.

And how does God interact with their wide jaws and open mouths? asks Sister Shirley, seemingly amused.

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“He satisfies the thirst and fills the hungry with good things.”Psalms 107:8-9). As soon as they accept God’s love without grumbling more, the Hallelujah explodes from the depths of their hearts through their throats with joy (Psalms 150:6). Indeed, it is a joyful cry from the depths of their beings, “I answer.

Sister Shirley continues to think: “God did not only save their necks from their enemies and preserve their lives (Psalms 105:18; 1 Samuel 28:9(But she also prepared a surprise for posterity when Jesus comes to quench their thirst)John 4:13-14) and give them life in abundance (John 10:10). “


We’re enjoying this project, and I’m resuming sharing. Oh! the meaning of ‘nevish’ seems to change from throat to life itself (Psalms 30:3; Proverbs 8:35)! It is also related to blood (Leviticus 24:17). Moreover, it is identified with the soul and the whole person. From what I gather, the Hebrews have a holistic view of the human person, and do not treat the body and spirit as separate or divisible aspects of human life. However, we are now in the third and then the second century B.C. I see how the word ‘nephish’ is translated into ‘psychic’ in the Greek Septuagint (Old Testament)”.

“Following this translation of the Old Testament, it is interpreted according to the Greek dualist philosophy which, unfortunately, treats a person’s body and soul as two distinct parts,” says the sister. Shirley. (She knows Western philosophy, after all.)


There is a thunderstorm and the Wi-Fi connection is unstable. Power failure followed. We lose our Zoom connection. I go back to the present and keep talking about how “nephesh” is applied to our lives.


Now it’s been three years since our last conversation. Sister Shirley is no longer around. She was panting heavily as she battled the coronavirus between life and death. She was serving COVID-19 patients as a nurse in the rural hospital.

The pandemic has brought us so much grief and forced us to reconsider our priorities. The description of Nevish in the Old Testament, which I read aloud to me, is still very recent and fresh in my mind. The memory of “wide jaws and open mouths” is a lot like videos on news channels showing people waiting in a bed outside hospitals overflowing with patients, as well as images of those taking oxygen and ventilators due to infection with the deadly virus.


But there is more puff, I suspect. The human desire for contentment can move us in two different directions. We can either roam with wide jaws and open our mouths toward power, wealth, and the love of earthly pleasures or, as consecrated persons, we can turn our gaze toward Christ who promises us the fullness of life, as he said to the Samaritan woman:

Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,

But those who drink water

that I will give to them

We will never feel thirsty.

The water that I will give

will become in them

water fountain

flow to eternal life.

(John 4:13-14)

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Although social distancing and lockdowns have forced many of us to rely more on digital communications, we are really tired. It came as a surprise when I discovered the development of Nevish understanding in the books of the Bible even though it was written more than two thousand years ago. I have really been inspired by him to seek fulfillment in Christ. Greetings and prayers for the sister. Shirley and every nurse complimented puff In the hands of God after she spent her life in service.

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