Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends; for the hand of God has touched me.
Apt illustration of a more perfect sufferer — one more holy than Job, and one involved in deeper sorrow.
I. IN MANY RESPECTS THERE IS AN ANALOGY BETWEEN THE SUFFERERS.
1. Christ was an innocent and benevolent sufferer.
2. But when was He not a sufferer?
3. How His sufferings increased as He approached His end.
4. It was the hand of God that had touched Him.
5. Job suffered for himself, and for his own benefit; Christ, not for Himself, but for us, and in our stead.
II. HOW OUR PITY SHOULD BE EVINCED.
1. By the ordinary movement of our feelings.
2. We should awaken these feelings by the use of all means.
3. Our pity should be evinced by hatred of sin.
4. If our compassion is sincere, we shall feel a deep interest in the result of his sufferings.
(F. Close, A. M.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me.