Meta. Each individual is traveling the pathway of life. To a great extent the race has been--and still is--wandering about in ignorance and darkness as to the true source of man's being. The way that each one takes in his thoughts, beliefs, and expressions determines whether that which he brings forth, the results in his world of mind, body, and affairs, shall be the fruit of the "mind of the flesh" or the fruit of Spirit (growing, producing ears, sprouting, shoot, owing copiously, rain, current; see Galatians 6:7, 8).
Shobal's being the name of a son of Seir the Horite and of a chief of Edom, as well as the name of two Israelites, shows that that which the name signifies may take place either in the higher, truer thoughts of the individual or in the sense or material phase of his consciousness.