Good morning! Thank you for being faithful in your daily time with God in His Word. The book of Job, in my opinion, is the hardest of all of scripture to follow. Job is one of the poetry writings of the Old Testament which makes it a little tricky to figure out at times; so hang in there especially if you are like me and not a huge fan of poetry, much less ancient poetry. Job does indeed have a message for us or God would not have given it to us.
“Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one!” (Job 14:4)
“Oh, that one man might plead for a man with God, As a man pleads for his neighbor” (Job 16:21)
We see again in today’s chapters the plea for a desperately needed savior. Before we look at these verses I would like to bring something to your attention: Although we do not have Job’s entire life story before his calamity we do see that Job, due to his circumstances, realizes his desperate need for a savior. Sometimes in life (also in the life of the nation of Israel) it takes disaster to bring us to the point to realize how much we need him. Sadly, it is in our fallen nature to forget that He is the one that gives life, peace and salvation. Often in times it takes complete brokenness in life before we look to Him as the one who sustains.
In chapter fourteen Job contemplates the impossibility to make one clean who is unclean. Not just unclean on the outside, but on the inside. Looking at true uncleanliness we see that it is a heart matter; it is better to be viewed as something that is rotten. One may clean up a piece of rotten meat, but who can cause the rotten to become un-rotten? Another cry for a savior from our old friend Job. When we realize the depths of our sin, the true believer, comes to the realization that there is no cure for the rotten heart other than in Christ Jesus our redeemer; the one who washes from the inside out.
Job goes on to state, in chapter sixteen verse twenty-one: If there was only a man who could plead my case before God. Job is calling for a mediator knowing that he could not contend with the all powerful God. I Timothy 2:5 states: “There is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.” Jesus, at the tearing of the veil in the temple became our high priest and our mediator. His atonement for sin allows us to “approach the throne boldly.” Life in Christ allows even more than a middle man, and the scripture tells us that it much farther reaching than that: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God.”
We see in Job’s life story a much needed reminder, this reminder is in the form of a question: What would we do without Jesus Christ?