Thomas Carlyle said Job is, ‘one of the grandest things ever written with pen’ and Martin Luther called it magnficent and sublime as no other book of Scripture’. By it, God is encouraging Christians in their journey towards heaven as it deals with the grim realities of life and the wonder of divine grace. Dr Jones shows how the book of Job anticipates the coming of Jesus Christ.
The breadth of its appeal should not be forgotten. Set outside the life of Israel, the book of Job provides a ready-made point of contact with unchurched people. There are so many who have lost their way, either because they do not ask the big questions about life, or because they are swamped by the fact that there seem to be no real answers to them. The book has something to say to any who would consult it seriously. It therefore supplies excellent material for lively and relevant preaching to people of every culture, not only by way of edification, but also evangelism. This commentary is written partly in the hope that such preaching will take place.
Dr Hywel R. Jones became Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Seminary, California in 2000. Prior to that he was Editorial Director of the Banner of Truth Trust and Principal of London Theological Seminary from 1985–1996. He was a pastor at Grove Chapel, London, and Borras Park in Wrexham.