Summary: A study of the book of Job 28: 1 – 28
Job 28: 1 – 28
Why All The Hubbub, Bub?
1 “Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place where gold is refined. 2 Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore. 3 Man puts an end to darkness, and searches every recess for ore in the darkness and the shadow of death. 4 He breaks open a shaft away from people; in places forgotten by feet they hang far away from men; they swing to and fro. 5 As for the earth, from it comes bread, but underneath it is turned up as by fire; 6 its stones are the source of sapphires, and it contains gold dust. 7 That path no bird knows, nor has the falcon’s eye seen it. 8 The proud lions have not trodden it, nor has the fierce lion passed over it. 9 He puts his hand on the flint; He overturns the mountains at the roots. 10 He cuts out channels in the rocks, and His eye sees every precious thing. 11 He dams up the streams from trickling; what is hidden he brings forth to light. 12 “But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? 13 Man does not know its value, nor is it found in the land of the living. 14 The deep says, ‘It is not in me’; And the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’ 15 It cannot be purchased for gold, nor can silver be weighed for its price. 16 It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire. 17 Neither gold nor crystal can equal it, nor can it be exchanged for jewelry of fine gold. 18 No mention shall be made of coral or quartz, for the price of wisdom is above rubies. 19 The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, nor can it be valued in pure gold. 20 “From where then does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding? 21 It is hidden from the eyes of all living, and concealed from the birds of the air. 22 Destruction and Death say, ‘we have heard a report about it with our ears.’ 23 God understands its way, and He knows its place. 24 For He looks to the ends of the earth, and sees under the whole heavens, 25 to establish a weight for the wind, and apportion the waters by measure. 26 When He made a law for the rain, and a path for the thunderbolt, 27 then He saw wisdom and declared it; He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out. 28 And to man He said, ‘behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.’ ”
It is not likely that someone would say at a hospital, ‘what’s all the hubbub, bub?’ - Unless, it was the loudest, most insane day ever experienced in a place that is usually quiet. A hubbub is chaotic, disorganized, loud, and distracting. Sometimes, hubbub can mean a controversy as we see in the book of Job. It is a loud confused noise that is especially unintelligible and comes from many sources.
So, why am I bringing this up? If you have been studying this book of the Bible with us you will most likely be confused as to the reason or purpose all this information regarding precious metals and jewels is inserted?
Back in chapter 11 verse 6 we learned that Zophar had wished that God would show Job the "secrets of wisdom’’ Job says ‘no’ to this statement, "secret things belong not to us, but things only our Holy God wants to reveal.
When you have time on your hands you can either be inspired by our Precious Holy Spirit to invest in seeking knowledge. This is why you hear from us Pastors to take time to read the word of God on a daily basis. In the Old Testament we see a king who sought out worldly knowledge but with the gift of wisdom could see and understand its significance. I am talking about Solomon. Let us look at the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 1, “12 I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I set my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under heaven; this burdensome task God has given to the sons of man, by which they may be exercised. 14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind. 15 What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be numbered. 16 I communed with my heart, saying, “Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” 17 And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind. 18 for in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.”