Job has been talking about the destiny of man – rich or poor; how the rich lay up wealth only to have it distributed to the righteous upon death. Job’s description of what happens to the wicked in one chapter contrasts significantly to what he says in the next. If God had not said that Job was a righteous man I would think Job might have been the wicked man tormented in Job 27:13-. At the same time I realize Christ is Job’s integrity/righteousness that he, Job, refuses to let go of so….I have no answer and will not prognosticate. Moving on with Job to chapter 28…
In Job 28, Job seems to take a tangent and I struggled to understand why until I reread it several times. In this chapter, Job describes the extent man goes to in order to mine and accumulate treasure, then describes wisdom as greater than all of man’s earthly treasures: verse 15-19, “it [wisdom] cannot be bought with the gold of Ophir, with precious onyx or sapphires…the price of wisdom is beyond rubies…. it cannot be bought with pure gold.”
A geologic aside here: Job states that miners work “in places forgotten by the foot of man,” verse 4, emphasis mine. Did Job recognize places in an underground mine? Just an interesting commentary on earth’s processes and how Job not only understood them but knew something about the length of time sedimentation requires. Back to the main idea: the value of wisdom and how to obtain it.
In Job 28:20-22 Job explains that wisdom is not found on earth then in verses 23-28 Job tells us that God knows and has told man how to get it. “The fear of the Lord-that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding,” verse 28.
The hope here? God offers us a great treasure more valuable than anything on earth…. Will we (I) accept?