Job 28* Concerning wordly wealth. (1-11) Wisdom is of inestimablevalue. (12-19) Wisdom is the gift of God. (20-28)1-11 Job maintained that the dispensations of Providence wereregulated by the highest wisdom. To confirm this, he showed ofwhat a great deal of knowledge and wealth men may makethemselves masters. The caverns of the earth may be discovered,but not the counsels of Heaven. Go to the miners, thou sluggardin religion, consider their ways, and be wise. Let their courageand diligence in seeking the wealth that perishes, shame us outof slothfulness and faint-heartedness in labouring for the trueriches. How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! How mucheasier, and safer! Yet gold is sought for, but grace neglected.Will the hopes of precious things out of the earth, so men callthem, though really they are paltry and perishing, be such aspur to industry, and shall not the certain prospect of trulyprecious things in heaven be much more so? 12-19 Job here speaks of wisdom and understanding, the knowingand enjoying of God and ourselves. Its worth is infinitely morethan all the riches in this world. It is a gift of the HolyGhost which cannot be bought with money. Let that which is mostprecious in God's account, be so in ours. Job asks after it asone that truly desired to find it, and despaired of finding itany where but in God; any way but by Divine revelation. 20-28 There is a two-fold wisdom; one hid in God, which issecret, and belongs not to us; the other made known by him, andrevealed to man. One day's events, and one man's affairs, havesuch reference to, and so hang one upon another, that He only,to whom all is open, and who sees the whole at one view, canrightly judge of every part. But the knowledge of God's revealedwill is within our reach, and will do us good. Let man look uponthis as his wisdom, To fear the Lord, and to depart from evil.Let him learn that, and he is learned enough. Where is thiswisdom to be found? The treasures of it are hid in Christ,revealed by the word, received by faith, through the Holy Ghost.It will not feed pride or vanity, or amuse our vain curiosity.It teaches and encourages sinners to fear the Lord, and todepart from evil, in the exercise of repentance and faith,without desiring to solve all difficulties about the events ofthis life.
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