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THE REV. THOMAS CONNELLAN, - The Gospel Magazine

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appeals to the Almighty Discerner of the thoughts and intents of the

helJ,rt. No wickedman would thus refer the case to the supreme court,

because he would know that the verdict would be against him.

"Surely I would take upon my shoulder and bind it as a crown

to me." This must refer to the token that he was heard, which he

would lay on his shoulder rejoicing, and the Almighty's answer, which

he would bind as a crown to his head. We appeal to those whose

prayers are answered. Are they not cause of rejoicing, and the words

in which our God has spoken to us, more precious than crowns of

gold?

" I would declare unto Him the number of my steps; as a prince

would I go near unto Him." This is not the testimony of one who

had never been" brought nigh to God," or of one thathad never known

" access with confidence." A prince is the son of a king. Who could

have told Job, as a prince, he could go near to God? None but the

Spirit of adoption, crying Abba, Father. There has never been but

one Tutor for the royal family appointed of the God and Father of our

Lord Jesus Christ, of Whom the whole family in heaven and earth

is named; and that Teacher evidently instructed Job, that" as a

prince he could go nearunto Him." It is a sublime thought that though

the epistles to the Romans and Galatians were not then written, "God,

who at sundry times and in divers manners, spake in times past unto

the fathers," instructed them in the same deep things of God, so that

they were not a whit behind us; nay, sitting at the feet of Jesus,

we may learn how the patriarch drew nigh with holy boldness as a

son of the Great King, a son of the Lord God Almighty; and also learn

to imitate those worthy men whose names are in the book of life,

and were redeemed with the same precious blood, at the same ransomprice,

loved with the same everlasting love, and taught by the same

Infallible Teacher. Jacob was a prince of God, a prince with God; he

learnt it in the same school of affiiction as Job. Our heavenly Father

still places His children in the same college, where they are taught

to estimate highly their dignity, and not disgrace their lofty birth.

If we have not been taught in the same school, and by the same

Preceptor, we may well question if we belong to the royal family of

heaven; the household of faith is not composed of unbelievers.

" If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof

complain; if I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have

caused the owners thereof to lose their life; let thistles grow instead

of wheat, and cockle instead of barley. The words of Job are ended."

This brings his defence to a termination. We are reminded of the

words by the apostle, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are

true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsOever

things are pure, whatsoever things ate lovely, whatsoever things

are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,

think on these things" (Phi!. iv. 8). Job was evidently a sanctified

man; indwelt and actuated by the Holy Spirit to all holy, true,

honest; just, pure, lovely, virtuous actions before his fellowmen.

It is our idea of sanctification, not only "separation from evil

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