Matt. 3:3 Prepare ye the way of the Lord.
Suffer the terrors of the Lord to seize upon your souls:
take not up bucklers against the strokes of God’s law,
bring not your buckets to quench the motions of his Spirit, knocking at your hearts by the hammer of his word;
make much of the least beginnings of grace, even those they call repressing, since they prepare the heart for conversion. Continue reading “Bring not your buckets to quench the motions of his Spirit”
Job 40:5 But I will proceed no further
sc. In this controversy. I will not come into the lists to contend with thee. I see there is no safety in such a contest.
In many things we offend all, saith St James; and he is a perfect man who sinneth not with his tongue.
But as he who hath drunk poison maketh haste to cast it up again, ere it get to the vitals; so should we deal by our daily misdoings.
It is not falling into the water that drowns a man, but lying long under it. Bewail thy sin and hasten to get out of it.
Job 40: Ver. 4. Behold, I am vile.
Light and little worth; and therefore deserve to be slighted and laid by, as a broken vessel.
The humble man vilifies, yea, nullifies, himself before God, as Abraham, #Ge 18:27; as Agur, #Pr 30:3; as Paul, #Eph 3:8; as that martyr who cried out, Gehenna sum Domine, Lord, Thou art heaven, but I am hell, &c. Tantillitas nostra, saith Ignatius of himself and his colleagues. Continue reading “There must be some proportion between a man’s sin and his repentance”
Job 40:Ver. 3. Then Job answered the Lord, and said.
It was time for him, if ever, to stoop to the Most High, so far condescending to his meanness, and to answer his expectation by acknowledging a fault, and promising amendment.
Lo, this is the guise of a godly person: he may be out, but he will not usually be obstinate.
A humble man will never be a heretic; convince him once, and he will yield: not so the obstinate and uncounselable person; he runs away with conviction, as the unruly horse doth with the bit between his teeth; and his wit will better serve to devise a thousand shifts to elude the truth than his pride will suffer him once to yield to it, and acknowledge his error.
Job 38:33 Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
As well in regard to the motion of the heavens, which varieth the seasons of the year, as of the influences and virtue which cometh from thence. Continue reading “Canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?”
38: 2 By words without knowledge.
This is the worst that God chargeth Job with; words of folly and ignorance: not with malice, falsehood, blasphemy, &c.
Counsel also he attributeth to him, though not wisely managed.
If there be any good in us, he noteth and noticeth it; passing by our defects and failings; as when Sarah called her husband lord, she is much commended for it; though there was never another good word in all that sentence, #Ge 18:12 1Pe 3:6 Job 35:16.
The painting: Jacopo Vignali, 1620
38:1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind.
This conference of God with Job is very sweet and profitable; for it teacheth us, among other things, how gently God dealeth with his offending servants, and how hardly the best are brought to confess their sins, and truly to repent of them.