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Job 40.10-14 and John 14.6 – Salvation and humility.
Posted: 4 August 2011 in Job, John

Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty. Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him. Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place. Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret. Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

In the middle of the dressing down he gets from God, Job is implicitly challenged over whether he is able to save himself. Of course the answer is no, because God has ordained that no man (or woman) should be able to save himself. Centuries later, Jesus says essentially the same thing to his disciples. So that all glory can belong to God, he has been determined that our salvation should depend wholly upon his free grace. This can either induce a feeling of indignation with God for not allowing us to engineer our salvation – because we want to be in control, or it can alternatively lead to a sense of awe and humility, as we bow before the Lord our God.

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