Job begins speaking here of the vast treasures that man has found in the earth. Treasure of gold, copper, and precious jewels. These things were buried so that no bird or beast might find them, yet man has plumbed the depths of the earth to find these treasures.
Wisdom, however, seems to be impossible to find. Job wails that wisdom is elusive at best. Why can human kind not seem to locate wisdom? Job says perhaps the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and it will be shown in the turning from evil ways.
Job says that he has turned from evil. He claims to have lived a life of justice and piety, speaking out against Eliphaz claims that he harmed widows and orphans. Job says that he did indeed care for the less fortunate. He had a place of honor, and yet God still abandoned him.
This section of Matthew begins a list of parables Jesus tells his disciples. Jesus often taught in parables, using these stories to help people grasp ideas about the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is not something we can describe or know in a concrete way. Jesus uses these stories to help us understand the incomprehensible.
This is also one of the few times that Jesus gives the meaning of a parable to the listener rather than letting us determine it on our own.
My name is Cardelia Howell-Diamond and I pastor a congregation in Alabama. I'm a clergymama, with a clergymama! I have three lovely littles and an amazing clergyman husband. I love life in the church, even when I don't! I knit, crochet, read, write and sew, though none of these as often as I'd like.