Thursday, March 24, 2016

God challenges Job and testifies of Christ

At the end of Job’s difficult trials, God appears and questions Job if he knows what God knows and can do what God does. In the middle of this, there is a fascinating blog of verses that are recognizeable references to Christ, as God challenges Job if he can step in for Christ.

10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.
14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee. (Job 40:10-14)

I think this is a reference to the second coming of Christ and His ability to humble the proud and punish the wicked. Also, the challenge to put on glory and beauty may be a reference to Christ’s transfiguration on the mount as well as His resurrected glory.

If Job could humble the proud – and he hasn’t been able to get even his friends to acknowledge their error as they afflict him—then he might be able to save himself.. But he can’t.

I think this is a great reminder that we can’t save ourselves, no matter what our good works. Only Christ can save us. He saved Himself by his innocent life and rising again from the dead, and He can save us too.

It is also yet another indication that Job knew of Christ’s mission and His eventual second coming to destroy the wicked.