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1 And Job ['Iyowb] answered [`anah] and said ['amar],
2 No doubt ['omnam] but ye are the
people [`am], and wisdom [chokmah] shall die [muwth] with you. KJV-Interlinear
12 Then Job responded, 2 'Truly then you are the people, And with you
wisdom will die! NASB
People cannot manufacture nor legislate wisdom and presume
to make themselves into a nation or even something of significance. There is only one source of wisdom, and God
is that source.
There is only on way to get wisdom, and that is to
study Gods Word. To ignore God, Christ,
and doctrine means that you are looking for wisdom and the answers to life,
Where would that be, television comedy shows, radio
talk shows, printed publications, the latest popular songs? And yet you shouldn't be surprised that most
people will look to these outlets in forming the basis of their beliefs more so
than the Bible.
When truly wise people come into this world, being
made wise by God, and then leave this world, wisdom does not die with
them. They were never its source, nor
does anyone perpetuate wisdom. God does that.
God has a divine plan which is perfect and which was
authored in eternity past. God does not
depend on the abilities, strengths, or even the ingenuity of man to fulfill His
plans, he works without regard to human means. God controls history.
Job finally snaps back at his friends. He has just been accused of being no better
than an undisciplined, untamed, wild donkey.
In this book of Job, Job is the man of wisdom, and his
friends are men of opinion. Job is the
one who has lost his family, wealth, and health. His friends have lost nothing. They are not even suffering in any way.
Job is trying to figure out, reason and understand his
situation. His friends, who had
initially come to give him comfort, have done nothing but criticize him, purely
because of their observations of his very poor health.
Job is trying to be objective. Hs friends ate superficial, opinionated, self
serving, and critical not of themselves, but of Job.
Job was the one who has been recognized far and wide,
as a very wise man. Gods statement, not
mans. His friends had no such
reputation, and yet they presume to educate Job. And, their education is not based on facts,
but on subjective and very limited observations.
His friends have thrown out nearly a hundred years of
their acquaintance with Job, and they have drawn conclusions based on one week
of sitting with him. Most of that week
was in silence.
Job gives us some insight as to the demeanor of his
friends. They are opinionated and arrogant.
They know Biblical principles, they have a general awareness of
information, facts, ideas, truths, and such, but they lack the ability to apply
them to real world situations.
We generally call people like that, book smart, but
In this case, Jobs friends are world smart, but
application of doctrine to daily life dumb.
They probably have not experienced difficult times in life, otherwise
they would not presume that hard times are equivalent with being a bad
person. None of them considers
Job was successful all of his life and they considered
him good. Now life is hammering Job and
they consider him bad, and worse than that, they consider him a fraud.
Job is being judged based on the circumstances of his
life, not on facts, and certainly not on wisdom.
His friends consider themselves wise, and as goes
their life, so goes truth. Heaven forbid
that they should one day die, and with them all knowledge of truth.
But then, they really did die, a very long time ago,
and humanity is still here. And so Jobs
humor stands while their opinions have faded.
Job is trying to understand his situation. They, in their ego, are trying to impose
their opinions on someone else.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.