Chapter 28: Wisdom Can Not be bought
Job gives a little discourse on Wisdom…. Job asks; “…where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?” (Job 28:12)
Job tells us that Wisdom cannot be purchased with the vein things of the world. He says that; gold, silver, sapphires, gold of Ophir, coral, pearls, and topaz of Ethiopia cannot buy wisdom or knowledge.
He reminds his friends (and the reader) that “God understandeth the way thereof, and knoweth the place thereof” (Job 28:23), with God you can find Wisdom.
“…Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28)
If we refrain from evil, we will have understanding. If we fear the Lord (by following His commandments) we can find Wisdom.
Chapter 29: Job and His Former Prosperity
Job continues his discourse by telling his friends and the reader about his former days…
“Oh that I were as in months past, as in the ways when God preserved me; When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness” (Job 29:2-3)
It is clear that Job was longing for his old days, the days that were filled with joy instead of pain and suffering. He mentions that he lived a life of prosperity and greatness. Because of his many blessings, he reached out to those who were not so blessed…
“…I delivered the poor that cried…” (Job 29:12)
“…I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.” (Job 29:13)
“I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame” (Job 29:15)
Job reached out to his fellow man and helped those who could not help themselves, and lent a hand of help, love and service to those who were overwhelmed or tired.
Job even served justice when needed; “…I break the jaws of the wicked, and pluck the spoil out of his teeth.” (Job 29:17)
This to me says that violence, on occasion is OK. After all we can learn that EVEN Jesus had to cause a little disturbance at times… “And Jesus went into the temple of God… and overthrew the tables of the money-changers…” (Matthew 21:12)