Job 26* Job reproves Bildad. (1-4) Job acknowledges the power of God.(5-14)1-4 Job derided Bildad's answer; his words were a mixture ofpeevishness and self-preference. Bildad ought to have laidbefore Job the consolations, rather than the terrors of theAlmighty. Christ knows how to speak what is proper for theweary, #Isa 50:4|; and his ministers should not grieve thosewhom God would not have made sad. We are often disappointed inour expectations from our friends who should comfort us; but theComforter, the Holy Ghost, never mistakes, nor fails of his end. 5-14 Many striking instances are here given of the wisdom andpower of God, in the creation and preservation of the world. Ifwe look about us, to the earth and waters here below, we see hisalmighty power. If we consider hell beneath, though out of oursight, yet we may conceive the discoveries of God's power there.If we look up to heaven above, we see displays of God's almightypower. By his Spirit, the eternal Spirit that moved upon theface of the waters, the breath of his mouth, #Ps 33:6|, he hasnot only made the heavens, but beautified them. By redemption,all the other wonderful works of the Lord are eclipsed; and wemay draw near, and taste his grace, learn to love him, and walkwith delight in his ways. The ground of the controversy betweenJob and the other disputants was, that they unjustly thoughtfrom his afflictions that he must have been guilty of heinouscrimes. They appear not to have duly considered the evil andjust desert of original sin; nor did they take into account thegracious designs of God in purifying his people. Job alsodarkened counsel by words without knowledge. But his views weremore distinct. He does not appear to have alleged his personalrighteousness as the ground of his hope towards God. Yet what headmitted in a general view of his case, he in effect denied,while he complained of his sufferings as unmerited and severe;that very complaint proving the necessity for their being sent,in order to his being further humbled in the sight of God.
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