"The continuation of Zophar's last
"Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold
where they fine it."
is reminding us that there are mine shafts all over the country side,
for that is where the silver and gold comes from.
"Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of
and think for a moment, this is saying that they were able to take the
iron out of the earth and make it into products, tools, weapons and so
on, and we see that these processes go way back in time.
"He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all
perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death."
is that hole in the ground that man has dug, and he can put a candle on
his head, and he is willing to enter that hole even at the risk of
loosing his life; all for the sake of gaining that gold, silver and
iron. He risks his life for
the sake of reaching perfection and bettering his own life.
When he enters those deep shafts, and drives the darkness out
with his lights, those precious stones are discovered there in the
darkness. Zophar is saying
here that silly as man's ways are, he can lay open the riches of God's
earth to better himself.
"The flood breaketh out form the inhabitant; even the
waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from
these miners are down in the earth, and they hit a shaft that is
flooded, they are intelligent enough that they can drain the shaft and
still get to the riches of the earth on dry ground.
Zophar is reminding us that man is real smart, and he is using
the mining techniques as an example of man's intelligence.
"As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is
turned up as it were fire."
other words, man himself forces the earth to produce for him.
The earth brings forth the grains, and man processes the grain
and puts the fire to it to make his bread. He drills into the earth and
brings us the oil and the gas to give him fire and to be harnessed into
energy for himself.
"The stones of it are the place of sapphires; and it hath
dust of gold."
"There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the
vulture's eye hath not seen:"
other words, man digs in the rocks and crevices in places where even the
vulture has not seen nor imagined. Man
is far more intelligent than any of the dumb beast or other creatures of
"The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion
passed by it."
digs in unknown places, even where the lion and her little ones have not
"He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the
mountains by the roots."
has turned over, dug out, honeycombed and even eliminated mountains for
the sake of getting the mineral wealth out of them.
"He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth
every precious thing."
is quite common for the channeling of the water to irrigate the fields
goes way back to the earliest of times.
"He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that
is hid bringeth he forth to light."
two verses belong back earlier in this chapter.
This is referring to the channeling of water out of the well shaft
to where man and his light can reenter to work.
"But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of
with all this ability to dig up the wealth, to channel water and bring
light into a shaft; is not that great of an achievement?
Even a mole and small creatures can dig into the ground and live
in it. It is saying that
they are more intelligent than man, for they do their digging for basic
needs, and do not risk their lives in the things that they do for the
sake of gold and silver. The
point that is stressed here is that it is wisdom that causes you to do
what ever you do, and wisdom comes only from God.
If you have wisdom and understanding, than you are happy, and if
you are not, it means that something is missing.
There are exceptions to every rule, but God intends for you to be
"Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in
the land of the living."
does not know the way to wisdom on his own; it cannot be found in your
flesh body [the land of the living]."
This alone should alert the true scholar that we are talking
about two different ages here. As
this is implied; we will find out from God Himself before this book is
finished, why this is so.
"The depth saith, `It is not in me:' and the sea saith,`It
is not with me.' "
earth itself will not withhold the wisdom that it holds, for the harder
you work to get your harvest, do your fishing, mine your coal, or seek
what ever you desire from the earth, it will give you what you are
willing to strive for. Then
when you get all those things, gain your wealth, you will find that
wisdom is not in there, for wisdom is of God, not of or in this earth:
Not true wisdom and true wealth.
"It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be
weighted for the price thereof."
is saying that you simply cannot buy wisdom with gold or silver no
matter how much wealth you have. If
you can buy anything, then is that true wisdom or just a commodity?
Think about it.
"It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the
precious onyx, or the saphire."
gold of Ophir is where the riches mines in the world were.
These miners were considered the righest men in the world.
"The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange
of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold."
is saying that when you compare that gold and crystal with wisdom, it
simply cannot be compared. It
exists in two different dimensions, and matters.
"No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the
price of wisdom is above rubies."
those that understand, there is another mention of the price of wisdom,
being compared to "the pearls of great price".
There is no price on wisdom, you either have it, or you do not.
You can't buy it, or get it from someone, for it is given to you
as a free gift from God, when you seek after Him.
The wisdom that we are to have for this life in our flesh bodies
is available to those that seek it through His Word.
Our Heavenly Father and His wisdom is in His Living Word.
Within it is wisdom, and God's Spirit will allow those truths to
be understood in your mind when you seek that wisdom faithfully.
"The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it
be valued with pure gold."
you don't get wisdom through the topaz of Ethiopia, for there is nothing
else of equal value . Wisdom
is known and given by God alone, and man in his flesh body will only be
able to obtain and use just a very small part of God's wisdom.
"Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of
will only give that portion of His wisdom into the mind of a man that he
is able to handle.
"Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept
close from the fowls of the air."
wisdom is hid from the eyes of all mankind living in the flesh, and even
hidden from the birds in the heavens.
The revealing comes only by the light of God's Holy Spirit
placing the truth in our minds and on the tablets of our heart.
"Destruction and death say, `We have heard the fame thereof
with our ears.' "
"Destruction" is "Abbadon" in the Hebrew text,
a person and not a condition; it is another name for Satan.
So this is what Satan and those that are of Satan's realm (the
fallen angels which are the Rephaim) say.
[We discussed this in Job 26.]
They will mislead you with their false reports in which they say
they heard with their ears. It
doesn't matter what their words say, or if those reports are true or
not, for the only thing that matters to Satan and his realm is that
words were spoken by them. These
souls were not to wise for they have been sentenced to death in the
world that was.
"And the angels which kept not their first estate [the
Rephaim], but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting
chains under darkness unto the judgment unto the judgment of the great
are all going to be cast out here onto the earth in the last five month
period of this age of the flesh. Revelation
the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and
Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out onto the earth
and his angels were cast out with him."
is a time coming very shortly when Satan and all his Rephaim will be
right here on earth. Though
this time of Satan's coming was appears to be in the past, John was
writing this from the "day of the Lord".
It is future to us still living in the closing years of this
flesh age. This will happen
at the sounding of the sixth trumpet, for then Satan will arrive on
earth in his role as the Antichrist.
when Jesus Christ went to the cross, death [Satan] and hell [his realm]
was defeated. Jesus Christ took the truth to those souls that were born
of the flesh through the womb of women, that had died and passed on, and
all souls all the way back to the beginning had the right to accept that
truth and be saved.
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just
for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in
the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:"
"By which also He went and preached uto the spirits in
three days and three nights that Jesus Christ's body was in the tomb,
his Spirit went into the prison of sheol [of hell], and Jesus preached
to all those souls that had died before His death on the cross. He
preached Christ crucified, and salvation through the blood of Christ.
"Which sometime were disobedient, when once to
longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a
preparing, wherein few, that is eight souls were saved by water."
that time of Christ in the tomb, Job and all three of his friends heard
the message of salvation, through Jesus Christ the Son of God, and many
repented and were saved.
"The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now
save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer
of a good conscience toward God), by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:"
like they were saved, we also have the right to hear and believe on
Jesus Christ, and by our repentance in Jesus name, have
salvation. This is not
talking about the saving of our flesh body, for from the day of
conception that we were conceived and our souls placed by God in the
womb of our mothers, these flesh bodies were doomed to age and
destruction. This is a
matter of the soul, and putting away the filth of the flesh that is
trying to take control of our lives.
"Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of
God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
souls all the way back to the beginning, to the time of Noah and earlier
had time to learn the truth, and accept "the tree of life"
Jesus Christ for their souls.
"God understandeth the way thereof, and He knoweth the place
you really want wisdom, this verse says a lot.
Where is true wealth? There
is only one place to gain truth wealth and that is from God, for the
Word of God. If you want
wisdom and wealth, go to God; go to God's Word for He is waiting for you
to come to Him. The way has
been made, and the path is clear and well defined in His Word.
God wants to know that you love Him, and He wants to help you in
your time of need. Prayer is
such a beautiful thing, yet some people think it is such a chore.
God likes to hear from you in the good times as well as the bad
times. When you seek God for
wisdom, than the times of trouble will not be as often.
Have you told God that you love Him?
He is your Father and He has emotions like you and I have.
"For He looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under
the whole heaven:"
is no place in heaven or on the earth that you can hide from God, for
God knows all things.
"To make the weight for the winds; and He weigheth the
waters by measure."
this is saying is that God controls even the unstable things.
Think about it when the storms of life are coming down on you,
and the waves seem so high. God
can keep your little boat a float even in the roughest times.
"When He made a decree for the rain, and a way for the
lightning of the thunder:"
controls the amount of rain that will fall, where it will fall and even
the direction of the lightning as it comes down.
"Then did He see it, and declare it:
He prepared it, yea, and searched it out."
is saying that our Father has created all things according to His desire
and decree. Then He carried
it out. Your being here on
earth in the family your are in is not an accident, and everything that
goes on in your life is under the control of God, and His will.
Think on that for a moment.
you are in a position that seems so impossible, it is because you have
allowed yourself to get into that place.
However, everything that is around you and that problem is within
God's control, and He is waiting patiently for you to seek His help.
God will not intercede in your life unless you ask Him to.
When you seek God and His wisdom, He will give you what is
required and you are able to handle.
controls the thinking of the people around you, and even those evil
spirits that you cannot see that are in the world.
He controls the weather, and even the earth itself. He controls
the heavenly bodies, and any substance or spiritual matter that is tarring
you down. However, it
is up to you to seek the wisdom and help from God.
God loves you so much that He allowed Himself to be born in the
flesh and see the same problems that you face.
He can do many things for you, but there is one thing that He
cannot do, and that is to force you to do something that you do not wish
to do on your own. You seek
God because you want to from your heart, and with a willing spirit.
"And unto man He said, `Behold, the fear of the Lord, that
is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.' "
verse is addressed to flesh man. It
is addressed to each soul that is living in their flesh body.
"Behold", pay attention, wake up, to revere the
Lord; my friend, that is wisdom. Once
you understand that when you depart from all evil ways, that is
understanding. There is not
much more that you can say to this statement.
Anyone even with a low mentality should be able to grasp at that
truth. To love God is to
gain wisdom. When you love
God you talk to Him and desire to study His words that He has given to
you, and that takes away all misunderstanding.
You have an open line to God that is free and never develops
trouble in any part of the day or night.
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