Job 40* Job humbles himself to God. (1-5) The Lord reasons with Job toshow his righteousness, power, and wisdom. (6-14) God's powershown in Behemoth. (15-24)1-5 Communion with the Lord effectually convinces and humbles asaint, and makes him glad to part with his most beloved sins.There is need to be thoroughly convinced and humbled, to prepareus for remarkable deliverances. After God had shown Job, by hismanifest ignorance of the works of nature, how unable he was tojudge of the methods and designs of Providence, he puts aconvincing question to him; Shall he that contendeth with theAlmighty instruct him? Now Job began to melt into godly sorrow:when his friends reasoned with him, he did not yield; but thevoice of the Lord is powerful. When the Spirit of truth is come,he shall convince. Job yields himself to the grace of God. Heowns himself an offender, and has nothing to say to justifyhimself. He is now sensible that he has sinned; and therefore hecalls himself vile. Repentance changes men's opinion ofthemselves. Job is now convinced of his error. Those who aretruly sensible of their own sinfulness and vileness, dare notjustify themselves before God. He perceived that he was a poor,mean, foolish, and sinful creature, who ought not to haveuttered one word against the Divine conduct. One glimpse ofGod's holy nature would appal the stoutest rebel. How, then willthe wicked bear the sight of his glory at the day of judgment?But when we see this glory revealed in Jesus Christ, we shall behumbled without being terrified; self-abasement agrees withfilial love. 6-14 Those who profit by what they have heard from God, shallhear more from him. And those who are truly convinced of sin,yet need to be more thoroughly convinced and more humbled. Nodoubt God, and he only, has power to humble and bring down proudmen; he has wisdom to know when and how to do it, and it is notfor us to teach him how to govern the world. Our own handscannot save us by recommending us to God's grace, much lessrescuing us from his justice; and therefore into his hand wemust commit ourselves. The renewal of a believer proceeds in thesame way of conviction, humbling, and watchfulness againstremaining sin, as his first conversion. When convinced of manyevils in our conduct, we still need convincing of many more. 15-24 God, for the further proving of his own power, describestwo vast animals, far exceeding man in bulk and strength.Behemoth signifies beasts. Most understand it of an animal wellknown in Egypt, called the river-horse, or hippopotamus. Thisvast animal is noticed as an argument to humble ourselves beforethe great God; for he created this vast animal, which is sofearfully and wonderfully made. Whatever strength this or anyother creature has, it is derived from God. He that made thesoul of man, knows all the ways to it, and can make the sword ofjustice, his wrath, to approach and touch it. Every godly manhas spiritual weapons, the whole armour of God, to resist, yea,to overcome the tempter, that his never-dying soul may be safe,whatever becomes of his frail flesh and mortal body.
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