Job 33* Elihu offers to reason with Job. (1-7) Elihu blames Job forreflecting upon God. (8-13) God calls men to repentance. (14-18)God sends afflictions for good. (19-28) Elihu entreats Job'sattention. (29-33)1-7 Job had desired a judge to decide his appeal. Elihu was oneaccording to his wish, a man like himself. If we would rightlyconvince men, it must be by reason, not by terror; by fairargument, not by a heavy hand. 8-13 Elihu charges Job with reflecting upon the justice andgoodness of God. When we hear any thing said to God's dishonour,we ought to bear our testimony against it. Job had representedGod as severe in marking what he did amiss. Elihu urges that hehad spoken wrong, and that he ought to humble himself beforeGod, and by repentance to unsay it. God is not accountable tous. It is unreasonable for weak, sinful creatures, to strivewith a God of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness. He acts withperfect justice, wisdom, and goodness, where we cannot perceiveit. 14-18 God speaks to us by conscience, by providences, and byministers; of all these Elihu discourses. There was not then,that we know of, any Divine revelation in writing, though now itis our principal guide. When God designs men's good, by theconvictions and dictates of their own consciences, he opens theheart, as Lydia's, and opens the ears, so that conviction findsor forces its way in. The end and design of these admonitionsare to keep men from sin, particularly the sin of pride. Whilesinners are pursuing evil purposes, and indulging their pride,their souls are hastening to destruction. That which turns menfrom sin, saves them from hell. What a mercy it is to be underthe restraints of an awakened conscience! 19-28 Job complained of his diseases, and judged by them thatGod was angry with him; his friends did so too: but Elihu showsthat God often afflicts the body for good to the soul. Thisthought will be of great use for our getting good from sickness,in and by which God speaks to men. Pain is the fruit of sin;yet, by the grace of God, the pain of the body is often made ameans of good to the soul. When afflictions have done theirwork, they shall be removed. A ransom or propitiation is found.Jesus Christ is the Messenger and the Ransom, so Elihu callshim, as Job had called him his Redeemer, for he is both thePurchaser and the Price, the Priest and the sacrifice. So highwas the value of souls, that nothing less would redeem them; andso great the hurt done by sin, that nothing less would atone forit, than the blood of the Son of God, who gave his life a ransomfor many. A blessed change follows. Recovery from sickness is amercy indeed, when it proceeds from the remission of sin. Allthat truly repent of their sins, shall find mercy with God. Theworks of darkness are unfruitful works; all the gains of sinwill come far short of the damage. We must, with a broken andcontrite heart, confess our sins to God, #1Jo 1:9|. We mustconfess the fact of sin; and not try to justify or excuseourselves. We must confess the fault of sin; I have pervertedthat which was right. We must confess the folly of sin; Sofoolish have I been and ignorant. Is there not good reason whywe should make such a confession? 29-33 Elihu shows that God's great and gracious design towardthe children of men, is, to save them from being for evermiserable, and to bring them to be for ever happy. By whatevermeans we are kept back from the we shall bless the Lord for themat least, and should bless him for them though they be painfuland distressing. Those that perish for ever are without excuse,for they would not be healed.
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