“… the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My anger burns against you and against your two friends, for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has. So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the LORD had told them, and the LORD accepted Job’s prayer. (Job 42:7-9)
Job was an innocent sufferer. We are told at the start of the book of Job that he was blameless and upright. The devil threw everything at Job and tested him sorely. But Job clung fast to his God. Job was a priest who made sacrifices on behalf of his family. Job spoke the truth about God. His ‘friends’ betrayed him and falsely accused him. Job is vindicated by God and declared righteous by God. God says that His anger burns against those who have spoken falsely about Him. The only way that these ‘false speakers about God’ will receive mercy is if they offer up sin offerings and Job prays for them. Meet Jesus in the Old Testament. Like Job, Jesus was the innocent sufferer par excellence. Jesus Christ, during the days of His flesh, was sorely tested by the Devil. He endured and clung to God. Jesus is the Priest who offers up the sacrifice of prayer on behalf of His people. But most of all, Jesus Christ is the One who saves us from the wrath to come. We have all spoken wrongly of God. We have thought wrong things about Him. We have questioned His goodness and been ungrateful for all that He has done. His anger lies upon us. The wrath of God has been revealed from heaven against all our ungodliness. The only way to avoid God’s righteous anger is to go to the Perfect Job whom God has vindicated. At His resurrection from the dead God reversed all human judgements against Jesus and He was declared righteous. He has been raised and pleads for us. Best of all, He goes one step further than Job. Jesus offers up Himself as the sin offering on our behalf. The innocent sufferer suffered on behalf of those who mocked Him and deserve God’s anger. PRAY and ask Jesus to pray for you. Thank God that if He listened to Job and doesn’t deal with his wayward friends in anger, how confident we can be that He will listen to our Perfect Job! Thank God that Jesus endured the cross and despised the shame and is now sat down at God’s right hand where He intercedes for us. Praise God for our Friend, the Greater Job.