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21 Seeing it is hid [`alam] from the eyes [`ayin] of
all living [chay], and kept close [cathar] from the fowls [`owph] of
the air [shamayim].
22 Destruction ['abaddown] and
death [maveth] say ['amar], We have heard [shama`] the
fame [shema`] thereof with our ears ['ozen]. KJV-Interlinear
21 'Thus it is hidden from the
eyes of all living, And concealed from the birds of the sky. 22 'Abaddon and Death say, 'With our ears we
have heard a report of it.' NASB
The birds that fly high in the air, represent the
keenness of sight, the sight that can see great distances, of animals who have
an advantage of their position high in the air such that they can see a more
overall picture of life and of what is arranged below on the earth.
Abaddon means destruction and is a reference to death
as well as a commander of demons. But
here it represents the dead who lie in the deepest of depths of all of
existence. Nothing is lower than the
land of the dead. Nothing is more
distant from life than the realm of the dead.
That is the intent here.
Wisdom is still the subject. Where is it?
How can it be found?
Job has already indicated that wisdom cannot be
purchased, wisdom cannot be discovered, and wisdom cannot be invented by
anything which man engages in within the realm of the living.
So here, mans eyes are blinded with reference to
wisdom. Man cannot see it, cannot find
it, cannot imagine it on his own.
Man cannot look to the animals of the planet, nor can
man look to his ancestors who lie dead in their graves.
Animals have long since been an object of
worship. Even back in Jobs days and as
in our present day, animals, the eagle, the crow, the cow, the wolf, the bear,
the lion, and so forth, all may have certain characteristics that man can be
impressed with, but they are animals and nothing more.
Animals, birds and so forth, cannot discover or
possess wisdom, and neither can they communicate it to man.
The dead have departed from this life. Back in Jobs day, the believers went to
Paradise and the unbelievers went to Torments.
These are two of the four compartments of Hades, which is the name of
the underworld or the land of the dead.
Today, unbelievers still got to Torments, but
believers go directly to Heaven.
Paradise is no longer in use, having been evacuated by Jesus immediately
after the events of the Cross. Those
folks are now in Heaven.
Death is a separation from something. Physical death is a separation from life on
this earth. Whether a believer or
unbeliever, whether one died in Jobs day or in our current day, all who have
died are absent from this world, absent from this life.
The living, do not have access to the dead. None of the mechanisms for communicating with
the dead, are legitimate, and even if that were possible, what could the dead
teach us? Nothing.
All wisdom comes from the Living God, from Bible
doctrine. The dead have heard of wisdom,
no one has any excuse for not having heard truth at some point in their life,
but they do not possess it such that they can simply give or transfer it to the
Man does not gain wisdom from the dead. Man does not gain wisdom from animals. Man does not gain wisdom from his own
imagination. Man does not gain wisdom
from his own efforts. Man does not gain
wisdom from his invention. Man does not
gain wisdom from his beliefs, philosophies, or anything else that is convenient
to how he wants life to be.
There is only one source of wisdom and that is the
subject, which Job will address next.
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.