Jesus Forsaken For Job

“He has alienated my brothers from me; my acquaintances are completely estranged from me. My kinsmen have gone away; my friends have forgotten me. My guests and my maidservants count me a stranger; they look upon me as an alien. I summon my servant, but he does not answer, though I beg him with my own mouth. My breath is offensive to my wife; I am loathsome to my own brothers. Even the little boys scorn me; when I appear, they ridicule me. All my intimate friends detest me; those I love have turned against me. I am nothing but skin and bones; I have escaped with only the skin of my teeth.” – Job – Job 19:13-20

I don’t know if there ever has been another person on earth (save Jesus Christ) that has suffered like Job. Not only were all ten of his children killed, his livelihood destroyed, and his health completely taken from him; he is utterly despised by everyone around him including his friends, servants, children playing in the street, and his own wife. I don’t think this is a prophetic text specifically speaking of the suffering of Jesus, but I do see that Job’s suffering is meant to point us to the cross. Jesus likewise was despised and rejected by men. And as Job suffered for reasons not known by him, so Jesus’ cry, “why has thou forsaken me”, show that his suffering was not fully understood.

Job was forsaken by all to be at the very least a picture of Jesus, his Redeemer that was forsaken for him.

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