I believe with all of my heart that the word intuition is a modern day word for the gift of the Spirit known as discernment. It is simply one of many aspects of the Spirit (within).
We hear things physically with our ears, but we hear, understand, know, determine and have wisdom through our hearing hearts where the seeds of Truth are planted waiting for us to seek, knock and ask Spirit for discernment and understanding.
Flesh cannot hear nor understand the things of the Spirit. Spirit knows Spirit.
More and more these days I am finding myself drawing within to find answers to life, both and a personal level as well as what is going on all around the world. We just don’t know who or what to believe, so more and more I am sensing this need to use our gift of discernment.
The worldly, or secular, has no problem talking about intuition. Certainly I have been told on many occasions after doing some of those psychological profiling tests that I am intuitive, in fact 99.9% intuitive (smile).
According to the etymology dictionary the word was first coined circa the 1500’s. Here’s what the dictionary has to say:
- mid-15c., intuicioun, “insight, direct or immediate cognition, spiritual perception,” originally theological, from Late Latin intuitionem (nominative intuitio) “a looking at, consideration,” noun of action from past participle stem of Latin intueri “look at, consider,” from in- “at, on” (from PIE root *en “in”) + tueri “to look at, watch over”
The following is the information on *en referenced above:
- Proto-Indo-European root meaning “in.”
- (1) “in; into;”
- (2) “near, at, in, on, within;”
- (adj.) “closely acquainted, very familiar;”
- It is the hypothetical source of/evidence for its existence is provided by: Sanskrit antara- “interior;” Greek en “in,” eis “into,” endon “within;” Latin in “in, into,” intro “inward,” intra “inside, within;” Old Irish in, Welsh yn, Old Church Slavonic on-, Old English in “in, into,” inne “within, inside.”
As you can see the word intuition came about around the 1500’s but its foundation goes way, way back to Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, etc.
The word discern and/or a variation of it is first found in Genesis and last found in Hebrews.
Strong’s Concordance has the following to say about the Hebrew word 5234, nakar, a primitive root word, first used in Genesis:
- nâkar, naw-kar’; a primitive root; properly, to scrutinize, i.e. look intently at; hence (with recognition implied), to acknowledge, be acquainted with, care for, respect, revere, or (with suspicion implied), to disregard, ignore, be strange toward, reject, resign, dissimulate (as if ignorant or disowning):—acknowledge, × could, deliver, discern, dissemble, estrange, feign self to be another, know, take knowledge (notice), perceive, regard, (have) respect, behave (make) self strange(-ly).
The following is an outline of the biblical uses:
- to recognise, acknowledge, know, respect, discern, regard
- (Niphal) to be recognised
- (Piel) to regard
- to regard, observe, pay attention to, pay regard to, notice
- to recognise (as formerly known), perceive
- to be willing to recognise or acknowledge, acknowledge with honour
- to be acquainted with
- to distinguish, understand
- (Hithpael) to make oneself known
- to act or treat as foreign or strange, disguise, misconstrue
- (Niphal) to disguise oneself
(Piel)to treat as foreign (profane)
- to misconstrue
- to act as alien
- to disguise oneself
It never ceases to amaze me that in comparison to our English language that primarily has very limited variation of meaning of a word, the Hebrew language (and all foreign and ancient languages, from what little I know) has such a depth to its meaning and variation. In other words, I find the Hebrew language and word meaning so very, very rich. It is definitely something that doesn’t stop at the face value or basic meaning of a word.
The following are a few of the verses in Scripture:
- Genesis 27:23 And he discerned him not, because his hands were hairy, as his brother Esau’s hands: so he blessed him.
- 2 Samuel 14:17 Then thine handmaid said, The word of my lord the king shall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to discern good and bad: therefore the LORD thy God will be with thee.
- 1 Kings 3:9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? [My Note: We all ought to be praying this verse for this world in which we live and the men and women who rule and hold positions of authority; those that have decision making powers that can affect every man, woman and child on this earth, as well as the very earth herself.]
- Ecclesiastes 8:5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment.
- Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
- Jonah 4:11 And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more then sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?
- Malachi 3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
- Matthew 16:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? [Note: Variation of same verse also found in Luke 12:56.]
- 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
- 1 Corinthians 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
- 1 Corinthians 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
- Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
- Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Personal Note in Closing
I love the verse in Hebrews 4:12. It’s message is one I have often referred to with respect to my own life and my writing/blogging; that the message as delivered from my fingertips to through the keyboard from Spirit is the first time that I will hear it. I sit down with an idea and then Spirit writes through me, delivering what it is I am to see, know and understand. It is only then, once applied to me, that I hit the send but and apply the sword of the message of the word to whoever happens by.
We understand and interpret and change often the message(s) we receive. But the word is a seed and it is planted in the soils of our heart and it will flourish. We really must cultivate the garden of our hearts, ensure that there are lots of seeds planted so that they can sprout and bloom when their fruit and fragrances are needed.
Spirit causes me to discern truth as I go in-tu-it. Spirit can be labelled, if I so wished, my intuition, but labels are confining. Intuition is an aspect of Spirit, a gift the bible calls discernment.