I’m reading in Job. I’m in chapter 31. I would guess most of you haven’t made it to Job 31 in reading of Job over the years. You have to plod along a bit to get there. There is so much good stuff in here, I hope you are joining in as I’m going along. So Job 31 has some eerily familiar verses in it. Check it, Job 31:16-21:
“If I have withheld anything that the poor desired, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, or have eaten my morsel along, and the fatherless has not rate of it (for from my youth the fatherless grew up with me as with a father, and from my mother’s womb I guided the widow), if I have seen anyone perish for lack of clothing or the needy without covering, if his body has not blessed me and if he was not warmed with the fleece of my sheep, if I have raised my hand against the fatherless because I saw my help in the gate,”
Is this exactly in the Bible somewhere else, not exactly, but close. Check out these verses from Matthew 25:35-37:
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or naked and cloth you?”
Job was ahead of his time. He wasn’t every man for himself when his contemporaries had that idea. He was looking to serve others. That’s what made Job different. That is why he stuck out to God and then to Satan. Job is known as a type for Christ, meaning he has some of the characteristics that Christ displayed. Namely, Job suffered horribly through no fault of his own.
No you can go to the whole, “He was born a sinner, yada, yada, yada…” and you would be right. But the story we are told, shows Job who is a “…blameless, and upright man who fears God and turns away from evil…” That doesn’t sound like someone who “deserves” epic suffering.
Well, Jesus didn’t deserve His suffering either. But He did it for us nonetheless.
Thank you Job. Thank you Jesus.