Job 12* Job reproves his friends. (1-5) The wicked oftenprosper.(6-11) Job speaks of the wisdom and power of God.(12-25)1-5 Job upbraids his friends with the good opinion they had oftheir own wisdom compared with his. We are apt to call reproofsreproaches, and to think ourselves mocked when advised andadmonished; this is our folly; yet here was colour for thischarge. He suspected the true cause of their conduct to be, thatthey despised him who was fallen into poverty. It is the way ofthe world. Even the just, upright man, if he comes under acloud, is looked upon with contempt. 6-11 Job appeals to facts. The most audacious robbers,oppressors, and impious wretches, often prosper. Yet this is notby fortune or chance; the Lord orders these things. Worldlyprosperity is of small value in his sight: he has better thingsfor his children. Job resolves all into the absoluteproprietorship which God has in all the creatures. He demandsfrom his friends liberty to judge of what they had said; heappeals to any fair judgment. 12-25 This is a noble discourse of Job concerning the wisdom,power, and sovereignty of God, in ordering all the affairs ofthe children of men, according to the counsel of His own will,which none can resist. It were well if wise and good men, whodiffer about lesser things, would see how it is for their honourand comfort, and the good of others, to dwell most upon thegreat things in which they agree. Here are no complaints, orreflections. He gives many instances of God's powerfulmanagement of the children of men, overruling all theircounsels, and overcoming all their oppositions. Having allstrength and wisdom, God knows how to make use, even of thosewho are foolish and bad; otherwise there is so little wisdom andso little honesty in the world, that all had been in confusionand ruin long ago. These important truths were suited toconvince the disputants that they were out of their depth inattempting to assign the Lord's reasons for afflicting Job; hisways are unsearchable, and his judgments past finding out. Letus remark what beautiful illustrations there are in the word ofGod, confirming his sovereignty, and wisdom in that sovereignty:but the highest and infinitely the most important is, that theLord Jesus was crucified by the malice of the Jews; and who butthe Lord could have known that this one event was the salvationof the world?
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