Job 19* Job complains of unkind usage. (1-7) God was the Author of hisafflictions. (8-22) Job's belief in the resurrection. (23-29)1-7 Job's friends blamed him as a wicked man, because he was soafflicted; here he describes their unkindness, showing that whatthey condemned was capable of excuse. Harsh language fromfriends, greatly adds to the weight of afflictions: yet it isbest not to lay it to heart, lest we harbour resentment. Ratherlet us look to Him who endured the contradiction of sinnersagainst himself, and was treated with far more cruelty than Jobwas, or we can be. 8-22 How doleful are Job's complaints! What is the fire of hellbut the wrath of God! Seared consciences will feel it hereafter,but do not fear it now: enlightened consciences fear it now, butshall not feel it hereafter. It is a very common mistake tothink that those whom God afflicts he treats as his enemies.Every creature is that to us which God makes it to be; yet thisdoes not excuse Job's relations and friends. How uncertain isthe friendship of men! but if God be our Friend, he will notfail us in time of need. What little reason we have to indulgethe body, which, after all our care, is consumed by diseases ithas in itself. Job recommends himself to the compassion of hisfriends, and justly blames their harshness. It is verydistressing to one who loves God, to be bereaved at once ofoutward comfort and of inward consolation; yet if this, andmore, come upon a believer, it does not weaken the proof of hisbeing a child of God and heir of glory. 23-29 The Spirit of God, at this time, seems to have powerfullywrought on the mind of Job. Here he witnessed a good confession;declared the soundness of his faith, and the assurance of hishope. Here is much of Christ and heaven; and he that said suchthings are these, declared plainly that he sought the bettercountry, that is, the heavenly. Job was taught of God to believein a living Redeemer; to look for the resurrection of the dead,and the life of the world to come; he comforted himself with theexpectation of these. Job was assured, that this Redeemer ofsinners from the yoke of Satan and the condemnation of sin, washis Redeemer, and expected salvation through him; and that hewas a living Redeemer, though not yet come in the flesh; andthat at the last day he would appear as the Judge of the world,to raise the dead, and complete the redemption of his people.With what pleasure holy Job enlarges upon this! May thesefaithful sayings be engraved by the Holy Spirit upon our hearts.We are all concerned to see that the root of the matter be inus. A living, quickening, commanding principle of grace in theheart, is the root of the matter; as necessary to our religionas the root of the tree, to which it owes both its fixedness andits fruitfulness. Job and his friends differed concerning themethods of Providence, but they agreed in the root of thematter, the belief of another world.
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