“SHAPING AND MOULDING!”
Job 31:15 KJVS
Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?
COMMENTS by Robert
In Job, we are told the Lord begins his work on us and continues even after our birth.
Rich and poor stand upon the same level before God. A great man shall fare never the better, nor find any favour, for his wealth and greatness nor shall a poor man fare ever the worse for his poverty, nor an honest cause be starved. Job, now that he was poor, should have as much favour with God, and be as much regarded by him, as when he was rich for, they are all the work of his hands. Their persons are so: the poor are made by the same hand, and of the same mould, as the rich. Their conditions are so: the poor were made poor by the divine providence, as well as the rich made rich and therefore the poor shall fare never the worse for that which is their lot, not their fault.
God is here pleased to interest himself more than one would imagine in the treatment given to the poor
- He reckons himself affronted in the injuries that are done them. Whosoever he be that wrongs a poor man, taking advantage against him because he is poor and cannot help himself, let him know that he puts an affront upon his Maker. God made him, and gave him his being, the same that is the author of our being; we have all one Father, one Maker; see how Job considered this, Job 31:15.
God made him poor and appointed him his lot, so that, if we deal hardly with any because they are poor, we reflect upon God as dealing hardly with them in laying them low, that they might be trampled upon
- He reckons himself honoured in the kindnesses that are done them; he takes them as done to himself and will show himself accordingly pleased with them. I was hungry, and you gave me meat.
Those therefore that have any true honour for God will show it by compassion to the poor, whom he among the children of men divine Providence has so ordered it that some are rich and others poor, and these are intermixed in societies: The Lord is the Maker of both, both the author of their being and the disposer of their lot.
The greatest man in the world must acknowledge God to be his Maker, and is under the same obligations to be subject to him that the meanest is, and the poorest has the honour to be the work of God’s hands as much as the greatest.
Have they not all one Father? Malachi 2:10; Job 31:15. God makes some rich, that they may be charitable to the poor, and others poor, that they may be serviceable to the rich; and they have need of one another, 1 Corinthians 12:21.
He makes some poor, to exercise their patience, and contentment, and dependence upon God, and others rich, to exercise their thankfulness and beneficence. Even the poor we have always with us; they shall never cease out of the land, nor the rich neither.
God has tempered the members of the body natural in the manner mentioned, that there might be no schism in the body (1 Corinthians 12:25), no rupture nor disunion among the members, nor so much as the least mutual disregard. This should be avoided also in the spiritual body of Christ.
There should be no schism in this body, but the members should be closely united by the strongest bonds of love. All decays of this affection are the seeds of schism. Where Christians grow cold towards each other, they will be careless and unconcerned for each other. And this mutual disregard is a schism begun. The members of the natural body are made to have care and concern for each other, to prevent a schism in it.
is it also in the members of Christ’s body: they are chosen out to such stations, and endued with such gifts, as God pleases? He who is sovereign Lord of all disposes of his favours and gifts as he will. And who should gainsay his pleasure?
What foundation is here for repining in ourselves, or envying others? We should be doing the duties of our own place, and not murmuring in ourselves, nor quarrelling with others, that we are not in theirs. All the members of the body are, in some respect, useful and necessary to each other.
First, Providence so variously orders and disposes of the circumstances of his people in this world, as that while some are in a condition to give relief, others need it. It is no new thing for those that are feasted with the dainties of heaven to be hungry and thirsty, and to want daily food for those that are at home in God, to be strangers in a strange land for those that have put on Christ, to want clothes to keep them warm for those that have healthful souls, to have sickly bodies and for those to be in prison, that Christ has made free.
Secondly, Works of charity and beneficence, according to as our ability is, is necessary to salvation and there will be more stress laid upon them in the judgment of the great day than is commonly imagined these must be the proofs of our love, and of our professed subjection to the gospel of Christ, 2 Corinthians 9:13. But they that show no mercy, shall have judgment without mercy.
Remember, these messages are given by a humble servant obedient to our Lord Yeshua as a “Watchman.” I pray for all. ”Our Heavenly Father brings us to the river which bringeth forth fruit so we may partake of its sustenance and be filled spiritually with nurturing wisdom, and humble dedication in service to Yeshua.“ “Blessings to All.” As you go forward in peace, knowledge, and strength. In the name of Yeshua, we pray Amen and Amen.