Job refuses to cave in to his friends’ false teachings about the Lord and suffering, but when put on the defense by his friends, Job starts justifying himself based on his own merit – “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban. I was eyes to the blind, and I was feet to the lame. I was a father to the poor, and I searched out the case that I did not know. I broke the fangs of the wicked, and plucked the victim from his teeth.” The Lord did declare Job blameless in the beginning of this story, but that wasn’t based on Job’s actions; and his suffering isn’t based on his failures.
Job, a righteous man, is enduring extreme suffering for God’s purposes. Jesus Christ will willingly do the same. And when Jesus arrives on the scene and John the Baptist is sitting in prison wondering if Jesus is really the Messiah, Jesus will say to John’s disciples – “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me” (Matthew 11:4-6). Jesus, the final Lamb, is coming to heal the blind, the deaf, the lepers, and ultimately anyone who believes in Him. Jesus, the only perfect Man to ever live, will die a horrific death so that you and I can have hope.
“Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:18-19). These verses explain that Adam’s disobedience in the beginning of this story, in the garden of Eden, brought sin into the world. As a result, we are all born sinners in need of a Savior. Therefore, the Lord is sending His Son Jesus to make righteous and restore to His Father anyone who believes in Him.
Job’s story points to Christ, as do all these stories within the beautiful big story of the Bible. However, we have more people to meet and stories to read before we get to Jesus—so keep reading! (Job 26:1-29:25)