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1 Lo, mine eye [`ayin] hath seen [ra'ah] all this, mine ear ['ozen]
hath heard [shama`] and understood [biyn] it.
2 What ye know [da`ath], the same
do I know [yada`] also: I am not inferior [naphal] unto you. KJV-Interlinear
1 'Behold, my eye has seen all
this, My ear has heard and understood it. 2 'What you know I also know. I am not inferior to you. NASB
Even in those post-flood generations, in the very
early centuries of the history of humanity, Job states that he has seen the
work of God, that he has heard the teachings of God, that he is well aware of
the truths verses the lies of the world.
Back in those days, just a hand full of centuries
following the flood, the world population could not have been much more than a
few million people with the very early beginnings of settlers migrating to the
north into Russia, east into India, to the south into Egypt, and to the west
into Italy, as we know these regions in our present day.
With people living very long life spans of several
hundred years, the migration would not have hindered trade and knowledge of
events occurring throughout the known world.
Remember that Job was aware of the different star constellations in the
southern hemisphere, though he had never seen them. Someone had, and that information was
communicated by whatever means, and got back to Job.
Jobs profession ranged from farmer and rancher, to
freight hauler. His huge herds of camels
would have powered large caravans throughout the region and probably beyond. You don't need several thousand camels just
to haul freight a hundred miles, for a hand full of people.
Job criticizes his friends, for treating him as though
he did not know the fundamental truths of life.
And yet he was well aware of many facts of life, as though they were
common knowledge among the then world population.
There were the good guys and the bad guys. People, communities, and even nations, rose
and fell. Archeology will probably never
discover the existence of ancient communities that disappeared from history.
In or own lifetime, if someone among us were a hundred
years old, they would have seen a great deal of history from before world war
one until now. The nations of the world have changed dramatically in the last
century, not to mention the technology.
And so it was back in Jobs day. He witnessed probably,
many changes throughout his local region, and he heard the news from regions
All of these, he attributed to the power and control
Job is not inferior to his friends, as he states. He was an educated man. He probably did not have such a formal
education as we have today, but he learned by listening to his parents, and
other relatives. And, he observed the
world around him, and discerned and made sense of the events that occurred
Not only did he view the world for his own
contemporary education, but he interpreted history within the context of the
Most people today look at history through a variety of
colored glasses, even fogged up glasses.
They see evolution with no beginning and no end, and man with just a
'getting along' existence. People look
at life as a pursuit of self-entertainment, as a pursuit of meaningful crusades
to change this or that, to save this or that, to establish standards for this
or for that.
Or, people look at life as one hardship for just
trying to get through life.
Few look at life or history, through a doctrinal
interpretation, or from Gods point of view.
Today the Father is making the nations a footstool for Christ.
Many may think that we are trying to save humanity
from a disastrous global warming trend, or from over population, or from famine
or starvation, or even terrorism. Television,
even the news, is nothing more than medicine for curious entertainment.
Many may think that technology will one day solve all
of mans problems. We have some very
advanced techniques in genetics, electronics, and satellite technologies. We have lots of really neat toys for both
kids and adults. There are things for
the car, for the home, for the hobbyist, for just about anything you can
There are a lot of things which make life more
convenient, but none of them remove sin and death from our existence. Those two things, man will never be able to
We still have jealousy and arrogance, lies and gossip,
hatred and murder, and so many categories of lust that it is difficult to list
them all. But the worst flaw of them all
is indifference to truth.
Indifference means that you are going to passively
allow your life to go by, giving you absolutely nothing for it. And that, if anything, is by far the worst
catastrophe of them all. You fail to
correctly interpret life.
In Jobs day, he was able to figure life out. In fact, lots of folks were able to figure
life out, and that was a very ancient time in the far distant past.
Why do you suppose it is so difficult for folks to
figure life out in our current day, with all of our vast and advanced
Jesus Christ is life.
Bible doctrine is life. And, when
you start mastering both of those within your soul, then you will be on a
course for a great eternal life.
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.