THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

526 The GosPel Magazine.


JOB (xxxi.)

" I MADE a covenant with mine eyes: why then should I think upon

a maid?" Whenever Job lived, it is not easy to determine, whether

in patriarchal times, or after the time of Moses and the giving of the

law, but sentences like this, show the work of the law written upon

the heart of the saints of old, and also prove the same Divine Teacher

and Sanctifier led them into all truth, as He does the children of

God in New Testament days. Job knew that desire enters at the

eyes, "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of

the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the wOTld."

Therefore he was guided by the indwelling Spirit of holiness to make

a covenant with his eyes, lest he should be tempted to sin (Matt. v. 28).

So David prayed, "Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity,

and quicken Thou me in Thy way."

"For what portion of God is there from above? and what inheritance

of the Almighty from on high? Is not destruction to the wicked

and a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity?" Can they

expect a portion in God who wallow in the mire of iniquity; have

they a title assured to the heavenly inheritance who "continue in

sin that grace may abound?" God forbid! We see in all the \\

Scriptures how destruction overtakes the wicked, and a strange chastisement

to even the children of God when they fall before temptation

and work iniquity (2 Sam. xii. 10, 11). We have been struck in course

of reading to-day with the fact that Nadab and Abihu, together with

Moses and Aaron and seventy of the elders of Israel, went up unto

Mount Sinai, and" they saw the God of Israel, and there was under

His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and as it were the

body of heaven in its clearness-also they saw God and did eat

and drink." Thus they were brought into the most intimate nearness

and fellowship! Could it be that Nadab and Abihu were afterwards

consigned to the bottomless pit? True, a "strange punishment"

befel them, for they offered strange fire before the Lord; but is

it not an example of 1 Cor. v. 5, "To deliver such an one to Satan

for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the

day of the Lord Jesus?" We ask the question, to be answered

by those more deeply taught. If we are indulged with closer communion

with the Lord, we shall cry to be kept nigh, and" Stand in

awe and sin not," so shall we not need" a strange punishment."

"Doth He not see my ways and count all my steps?" This to

an ungodly man would occasion terror; to Job it was cause of rejoicing,

a token for good, of special care and oversight, that he might appeal

to his Almighty Friend, that He saw not either wicked ways, or deceit

in his conduct, or hypocrisy in his religion, and a source of unspeakable

comfort to his soul, that He who rules the universe condescended

even to count his steps! A mother watches over the steps of the

infant just beginning to walk, but when the child is grown she no

longer marks every step; but here is an aged believer testifying to

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