Job 2* Satan obtains leave to try Job. (1-6) Job's sufferings. (7-10)His friends come to comfort him. (11-13) #1-6. How well is it for us, that neither men nor devils are tobe our judges! but all our judgment comes from the Lord, whonever errs. Job holds fast his integrity still, as his weapon.God speaks with pleasure of the power of his own grace.Self-love and self-preservation are powerful in the hearts ofmen. But Satan accuses Job, representing him as wholly selfish,and minding nothing but his own ease and safety. Thus are theways and people of God often falsely blamed by the devil and hisagents. Permission is granted to Satan to make trial, but with alimit. If God did not chain up the roaring lion, how soon wouldhe devour us! Job, thus slandered by Satan, was a type ofChrist, the first prophecy of whom was, that Satan should bruisehis heel, and be foiled.7-10 The devil tempts his own children, and draws them to sin,and afterwards torments, when he has brought them to ruin; butthis child of God he tormented with affliction, and then temptedto make a bad use of his affliction. He provoked Job to curseGod. The disease was very grievous. If at any time we are triedwith sore and grievous distempers, let us not think ourselvesdealt with otherwise than as God sometimes deals with the bestof his saints and servants. Job humbled himself under the mightyhand of God, and brought his mind to his condition. His wife wasspared to him, to be a troubler and tempter to him. Satan stillendeavours to draw men from God, as he did our first parents, bysuggesting hard thoughts of Him, than which nothing is morefalse. But Job resisted and overcame the temptation. Shall we,guilty, polluted, worthless creatures, receive so many unmeritedblessings from a just and holy God, and shall we refuse toaccept the punishment of our sins, when we suffer so much lessthan we deserve? Let murmuring, as well as boasting, be for everdone away. Thus far Job stood the trial, and appeared brightestin the furnace of affliction. There might be risings ofcorruption in his heart, but grace had the upper hand. 11-13 The friends of Job seem noted for their rank, as well asfor wisdom and piety. Much of the comfort of this life lies infriendship with the prudent and virtuous. Coming to mourn withhim, they vented grief which they really felt. Coming to comforthim, they sat down with him. It would appear that they suspectedhis unexampled troubles were judgments for some crimes, which hehad vailed under his professions of godliness. Many look upon itonly as a compliment to visit their friends in sorrow; we mustlook life. And if the example of Job's friends is not enough tolead us to pity the afflicted, let us seek the mind that was inChrist.
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