After the Lord had spoken these words to Job, 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)
There are a couple of things about this account that is amazing:
- God declares two times that Job has spoken what was right. “For you have not spoken of me what is right as my servant Job has.”
Job had obviously not spoken what was right throughout this entire book. But because of the forgiveness that comes through Jesus. God now sees Job as if he has always spoken with his mouth what was right. Jesus does the same sort of thing in his high priestly prayer regarding his disciples:
“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.” (John 17:6)
They kept God’s Word? It seems to me that they were often times disobedient to the word of the Lord. But Jesus’ blood is sufficient to cover all of their sin so that these disciples can be known in heaven as being keepers of God’s Word.
When Job repented in dust and ashes, he trusted in the blood of his redeemer. And because of his repentance and faith, he is considered from the throne room as if he has always done right.
- The second thing that is amazing is how much Job functions as a type of Christ.
The friends of Job were said to have not done what was right in God’s sight. They are told to bring sacrifices before Job and that he would intercede and pray for them. Through Job’s prayer, God would see their faith and hear their repentance, and then they would be forgiven. Job is much like Jesus. He suffered an innumerable amount of pain and suffering for no sin of his own. He then becomes raised to newness of health and functions as the intercessor of mankind.