Job was suffering and he could not understand why. He had feared God and tried to live a life of righteousness. He was known and admired in his community and yet, suddenly, his entire life fell apart. He lost his children, his wealth, and his health.
Since we know the whole story, we can understand Job;s cries. Even his friends turned against him and gave him harsh and judgmental “advice.” He inspires us with his faith during the suffering.
Job is thought to be the oldest book of Scripture and the fact that he believed in the future remeemer is amazing!
“Have pity on me, my friends! Please have pity!
God has struck me down with his powerful hand.
22 Why do you chase after me as he does?
Aren’t you satisfied with what you have done to me already?
23 “I wish my words were written down!
I wish they were written in a book!
24 I wish they were cut into lead with an iron tool!
I wish they were carved in rock forever!
25 I know that my redeemer lives.
In the end he will stand on the earth.
26 Though my skin will be destroyed,
in my body I’ll see God.
27 I myself will see him with my own eyes.
I’ll see him, and he won’t be a stranger to me.
How my heart longs for that day!
28 “You might say, ‘Let’s keep bothering Job.
After all, he’s the cause of all his suffering.’
29 But you should be afraid when God comes to judge you.
He’ll be angry. He’ll punish you with his sword.
Then you will know that he is the Judge.”
PRAY FOR THE RELIGIOUS AMONG THE JEWISH PEOPLE TO SEEK THE TRUTH ABOUT THE REDEEMER.