Job 42* Job humbly submits unto God. (1-6) Job intercedes for hisfriends. (7-9) His renewed prosperity. (10-17)1-6 Job was now sensible of his guilt; he would no longer speakin his own excuse; he abhorred himself as a sinner in heart andlife, especially for murmuring against God, and took shame tohimself. When the understanding is enlightened by the Spirit ofgrace, our knowledge of Divine things as far exceeds what we hadbefore, as the sight of the eyes excels report and common fame.By the teachings of men, God reveals his Son to us; but by theteachings of his Spirit he reveals his Son in us, #Ga 1:16|, andchanges us into the same image, #2Co 3:18|. It concerns us to bedeeply humbled for the sins of which we are convinced.Self-loathing is ever the companion of true repentance. The Lordwill bring those whom he loveth, to adore him in self-abasement;while true grace will always lead them to confess their sinswithout self-justifying. 7-9 After the Lord had convinced and humbled Job, and broughthim to repentance, he owned him, comforted him, and put honourupon him. The devil had undertaken to prove Job a hypocrite, andhis three friends had condemned him as a wicked man; but if Godsay, Well done, thou good and faithful servant, it is of littleconsequence who says otherwise. Job's friends had wronged God,by making prosperity a mark of the true church, and affliction acertain proof of God's wrath. Job had referred things to thefuture judgment and the future state, more than his friends,therefore he spake of God that which was right, better than hisfriends had done. And as Job prayed and offered sacrifice forthose that had grieved and wounded his spirit, so Christ prayedfor his persecutors, and ever lives, making intercession for thetransgressors. Job's friends were good men, and belonged to God,and He would not let them be in their mistake any more than Job;but having humbled him by a discourse out of the whirlwind, hetakes another way to humble them. They are not to argue thematter again, but they must agree in a sacrifice and a prayer,and that must reconcile them, Those who differ in judgment aboutlesser things, yet are one in Christ the great Sacrifice, andought therefore to love and bear with one another. When God wasangry with Job's friends, he put them in a way to make peacewith him. Our quarrels with God always begin on our part, butthe making peace begins on his. Peace with God is to be had onlyin his own way, and upon his own terms. These will never seemhard to those who know how to value this blessing: they will beglad of it, like Job's friends, upon any terms, though ever sohumbling. Job did not insult over his friends, but God beinggraciously reconciled to him, he was easily reconciled to them.In all our prayers and services we should aim to be accepted ofthe Lord; not to have praise of men, but to please God. 10-17 In the beginning of this book we had Job's patience underhis troubles, for an example; here, for our encouragement tofollow that example, we have his happy end. His troubles beganin Satan's malice, which God restrained; his restoration beganin God's mercy, which Satan could not oppose. Mercy did notreturn when Job was disputing with his friends, but when he waspraying for them. God is served and pleased with our warmdevotions, not with our warm disputes. God doubled Job'spossessions. We may lose much for the Lord, but we shall notlose any thing by him. Whether the Lord gives us health andtemporal blessings or not, if we patiently suffer according tohis will, in the end we shall be happy. Job's estate increased.The blessing of the Lord makes rich; it is he that gives uspower to get wealth, and gives success in honest endeavours. Thelast days of a good man sometimes prove his best, his last workshis best works, his last comforts his best comforts; for hispath, like that of the morning light, shines more and more untothe perfect day
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