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5 As for the earth ['erets], out of it cometh [yatsa']
bread [lechem]: and under it is turned up [haphak] as it were fire ['esh].
6 The stones ['eben] of it are
the place [maqowm] of sapphires [cappiyr]: and it hath dust [`aphar]
of gold [zahab]. KJV-Interlinear
5 'The earth, from it comes food,
And underneath it is turned up as fire. 6
'Its rocks are the source of sapphires, And its dust contains gold. NASB
Now that we have all survived the Thanksgiving holiday
with its food, football, and family, we can wonder if we know what it is all
And these verses are the perfect verses to remind us
of the abundance which comes from this earth, and certainly the earth is
capable of providing abundances which exceed the imagination. After all, we
have been taking from the earth for the entire history of the human race, many
thousands of years. And before us were
the dinosaurs who ate off the lands for who knows how long, before us.
All of which exists courtesy of the grace of God.
Job uses the mining and productive attributes of the
earth to make his points of doctrine.
Here, he refers to the food production of the planet,
which by the way, was not invented by man.
And even though man has improved on his farming techniques, making the
lands more and more productive, man has never originated one animal, one
kernel, one grain, one fruit, or nut, or whatever.
All these resources existed prior to mans advent into
existence. And, man despite all of his
intelligence, is totally dependent on the production of the earth in order to
survive. Not one of us can cut ourselves
off from this world and live.
And beneath the ground are the hidden treasures. The emeralds and the sapphires and diamonds
that sparkle and burn like fire. Riches
beyond ones dreams, are hidden out of sight, inside of the earth.
But in order to have them we have to hunt for them,
find them, dig for them and keep on doing this because whatever we find or have,
will never be enough.
Such is the treasure of the world.
It is on or under the ground. It is on the place where
we walk, beneath our feet, under and mixed with the dust. Dust, from which we ourselves came from. Our physical selves that is.
And though there are vast quantities of wealth and
food beneath our feet, overhead in heaven is an infinite and endless treasure. Treasures that will be there forever and of
which we can have, if only we do some hunting and digging in the
scriptures. A work which requires far
less work and effort on our part, and which comes to us with far greater
certainty and success.
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.