COUNT THE STONESBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt Job was an absolutely brilliant individual.Based on his conversational content and his committed communion with the Creator, I think his knowledge and wisdom was secondary only to Solomon.Here we have the overlay of stones ...The education of elements instructed us by a mind who searched the deep things of God and knew the mind of God as few men do.Here we have a man subject to more torment by the "will" of God than any other man in history.Shall we not learn from him ...Stone by stone and thought by thought.Open up your Bible to Job 28 and read it through in its entirety.We'll begin at at vs.12."But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. The depth saith, It is not in me; and the sea saith, It is not with me. It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. The gold and the crystal cannot equal it; and the exchange of it shall not be for fine gold. No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls; for the price of wisdom is above rubies. The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.Whence then cometh wisdom? And where is the place of understanding?...God understandeth the way thereof and He knoweth the place thereof....Then did He see it, and declare it; He prepared it, yea, and searched it out. And unto man He said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."Job 28:12-20;23;27-28-----See what glorious stones Job makes mention of:Gold. Onyx. Sapphire. Silver. Crystal. Coral. Pearls. Topaz.See His comfort level and ease with word usage and apparent understanding of jewels and things "mined" in the deep.Job was familiar with things of high monetary value.See what little regard he gives such things, though he was deemed the wealthiest man on earth (Job 1:3,) because he knew them to be secondary beside the "Fear of the Lord."Wisdom exceeds all precious jewels ...No stone preventing.------Individuals who have tapped into true wisdom have released themselves from the fear of man and concerned themselves with the fear of the Lord. They have departed from evil and relinquished their souls to a merciful and pardoning God. Mark well, the individual who has withdrawn himself/herself from sinful men and devices and turned an ear heavenward for a more pure result.That man/woman is no fool.Men who remember the great admonition of whom is to be feared reap the glory and favor of God."And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."Matthew 10:28-----Forget the jewels and the costly stones and instead secure your soul in the "Fear of the Lord."Read, ponder, and study the words of the wise ... and go and do likewise.Count the stones.There's something greater."Behold, the fear of the Lord; that is wisdom; and to depart from evil, that is understanding."Job 28:28-----
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