8 “For inquire, please, of the former age, and consider the things discovered by their fathers;
9 For we were born yesterday, and know nothing, because our days on earth are a shadow.
10 Will they not teach you and tell you, and utter words from their heart? (Job 8:8-10)
Here, Job is clearly remembering the lives of the pre-flood men who lived nearly 1000 years, and had 800 or 900 years to explore a particular vocation. What discoveries could be made over so many years! What insights and wisdom could have been passed on! I would have loved to have read some of the books that Job would have had an opportunity to read, brought by Noah on the ark, written prior to the Flood by these long-living people, and then read by the people who settled the new world shortly after the flood - the founders of the great post-Flood civilisations: Chinese, Egyptian, etc.
I would love to be able to inquire of this former age and consider the things discovered by them. My life is a mere shadow and nothing compared to their lives. I would love to be taught by these long-living people, learning from the words that were spoken from their hearts. Surely their experience and knowledge would unlock the great mysteries that still keep us puzzled even today: "How were the pyramids built?" "What are the health keys to living a long, healthy life (up to 1000 years old)?"