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June 12 Today’s Reading: Job 41-Psalm 5
“Job answered the Lord.”
Having shown Job his sovereignty and power over all creation, the Lord God convinced Job both of his nothingness and of the greatness of Jehovah. — “Then Job answered the Lord, and said, I know that thou canst do everything, and that no thought can be withholden from thee…I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
Being taught by God the Holy Spirit, Job abhorred himself. What a difference there is between the teaching of men and the teaching of God! All that men can say, all the preaching of men, without God the Holy Spirit ends just where it began, in the hearing of the ear. But when God speaks, the Word of the Lord brings conviction to the heart. When God speaks, those who hear his voice are brought low and Christ is exalted. Blessed Spirit of God, speak to me, and I shall hear!
Job a Type
There is much we should learn in the history of Job about the way God deals with his elect in mercy, love, and grace. But it might be profitable to our souls, if God will be pleased to make it so, for us to remember God’s servant Job as a very instructive type and picture of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. Job was the greatest man of the East. — Christ, the Wisdom-man, whose goings forth have been from everlasting, is the greatest of all. In all things he has pre-eminence.
2. Job was perfect and upright, fearing God and eschewing evil. — Our dear Savior, the Lord Jesus, was the perfect Godman: holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners.
3. Job was suddenly brought from great riches to great poverty. — “Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).
4. Job was assaulted by Satan. — But what were the sufferings of Job compared to the sufferings of our Lord Jesus for the salvation of our souls. Satan was the instrument that brought sorrow to Job; but all his adversities came by the will, decree, and hand of God; and he knew it. So it was with our dear Savior (Lamentations 1:12).
5. Job made an effectual sacrifice and effectual intercession for his friends by the will of God. — How our hearts rejoice to know that our Lord Jesus Christ made an effectual sacrifice for us and effectually intercedes for us.
6. Because Lord God accepted Job he accepted those for whom Job made intercession. — Because our great God accepts his Son for us he accepts us in him.
7. Job was laid low that he might be exalted very high. — Our Lord Jesus was made least in the kingdom of heaven that he might be the greatest (Philippians 2:5-11).
As we have begun to read the inspired Psalms, let us look for our dear Savior in each holy song, knowing by the very Word of God the Holy Spirit that the Psalms, like all other portions of Holy Scripture, speak of him (Luke 24:25-27; 44; Acts 10:43).
Psalm 1 is a song of praise to Christ the perfect Man. How we ought to thank God for that one perfect Man who is God, for that one Man who fulfilled all righteousness, for that one Man who is God, whose righteousness is of infinite merit and efficacy for his people! Christ, the Mediator-man, earned for himself as a Man, and for us as our Surety all the everlasting blessedness God himself can bestow upon men!
Psalm 2 declares the exaltation and glory of Christ our King, the glory he earned as our Covenant Head by his obedience unto death.
Psalm 3 describes the things David suffered under the chastening hand of God; but David was a type of the Lord Jesus. Here is a description of our dear Savior’s suffering. He was throughout the days of his humiliation “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.”
Psalm 4 is the first psalm with the title, “To the Chief Musician.” All the psalms with this title should be read as psalms addressed to the Lord Jesus. We have in this 4th psalm a holy cry to God in the name of Christ, pleading the merits of the Lord our righteousness, “Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us Wisdom, and Righteousness, and Sanctification, and Redemption.”
Psalm 5 takes us with David into his closet. But who can read the words of David’s petitions in these sacred verses without hearing the Lord Jesus interceding for his people?
Thank you, Spirit of God, for taking the things of Christ revealed in Holy Scripture and showing them to us! O Holy Spirit, give us hearts to trust and cherish him who loved us and gave himself for us! Amen.