Whence wisdom? — Job 25-30

The passions are rising in the accusations and defenses being made in Job in our reading now. Job “friends” are far more pointed in their call for repentance, and Job is far more pointed in his rebuke to their sorry comfort. Of the many things that we can read about there are a few really interesting passages

He hangs the earth on nothing — Despite the common concepts of ancient men about how the earth could “stand” (e.g., on the shoulder of Atlas), the Bible here asserts something that ancient men would have had a difficult time with: the earth suspended on nothing (26:7). And perhaps a little less clear, Job seems to indicate that the earth is round (26:10), when the common idea was that it was flat. Such scientific knowledge, predating later discoveries by hundreds of years, is often cited among other evidences for the inspiration of the Bible.

 Where can wisdom be found? — Chapter 28 is great chapter in Job. The riches of the world are listed and where they can be found — except wisdom! Wisdom isn’t something you can mine or grow or manufacture, yet its value far exceeds the natural riches of the world. Its source is God and its root is counter-intuitive (at least for our culture), “the fear of the LORD.” (v. 28).

See you tomorrow, Lord willing.

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About parklinscomb

I'm a minister for the church of Christ in Manchester NH where I've worked since the 1970's. I'm a big fan of my family, archaeology, the Bible, the Lord's church, and Gander Brook Christian Camp.
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