Reading through the Bible together
Job answers his friends by telling them that he is familiar with contemporary human thinking “I have heard such many [times]” (v. 2). Their concepts of the divine are wrong so their speaking is like “words of wind” (v. 3). They need updating about the truth of Scripture “which will bring clarity to their answers” (v. 3). If Job thought only on a human level he also would just string words together and shake his head (v. 4). But he would speak and then stop (v. 5). However, in his case, even if he speaks and then stops his pain will not go away (v. 6).
All their speaking has wearied Job and silenced his own witness (v. 7). Their words are a witness against him and it “stands up in my face” (v. 8). Their blame fits that of Satan. Then Job points out that Satan is using his godly life against him. Satan’s wrath has torn Job, he hates him and has gnashed his teeth at Job. Satan has sharpened his eyes at him (v. 9). The enemy also includes Satan’s angels who are united against him (v. 10). God delivered Job over to the wicked one who has “crumbled me to pieces and set me up as a target” (v. 12). Satan’s archers surround Job and have no mercy on him. Satan himself runs at him like a warrior (v. 14). The results are the sores on his legs and the boils all over his body. He even had problems with his private parts and covered himself with sackcloth (v. 15).
He cried a lot until his eyelids were black (v. 16). Despite all this, Job has no violence in his heart or on his hands and his prayer is pure (v. 17). He says that even the shadow of death does not give him a break to stop crying (v. 18). And then Job opens to us the theology of Moses: his Advocate and Witness is in the Heavenly Sanctuary and “testifies for him in high places” (v. 19). That is what the prophet Micah also saw later when he said in Micah 1:2 “the Lord is witness from His holy temple.” The Advocate is Job’s Intercessor and Friend. “To God my eyes pour out tears” (v. 20). Moses and Job knew all about Christ our Righteousness, our Advocate and High Priest on our behalf in heaven. All divine actions are directed from the Heavenly sanctuary and all our actions should be directed to the sanctuary in Heaven.
Job wishes there would be a strong human who could talk to the Divine on his behalf like a man talks with his friend (v. 21). Christ was to do just that which Moses through Job is asking for (see Daniel 7). Job’s days are numbered and when he dies he will not return to this life or any life until resurrection morning (v. 22).
We live in a modern society where violence seems to be admired, revered, supported, beautified, and even sanctified. Help us to stay away from it and our prayers to be pure like Job’s prayers. Amen
Koot van Wyk
Kyungpook National University
Sangju, South Korea