Copyright (c) 2017, E. Thone Hall
“But that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book! That they were graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock for ever! For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”
Job 19:23-27 KJV
Job, being the first man to write the infallible words of the Lord, is a very important book to study. This is true, as in all scripture is important, but also because it allows us to see that even at this early date (roughly 4000 years ago) many of our Christian understanding concepts were already in place. Many of these concepts seem like echoes of Moses, but were written long before Moses who comes some 700 years later. The writing in a book was primarily accomplished by Moses…also “graven with an iron pen and lead in the rock” sounds like the 10 commandments!
Another precursor of the Hebrew Law is the concept of redeemer, codified by Moses (acting on God’s leading) as another “type” of Jesus, the kinsman redeemer protecting the family just as Jesus protects us from the eternal wages of our sins. There is a Prophesy here too…that the redeemer will in the future stand upon the Earth.
Finally, Job clearly believes in a bodily resurrection, “…in my flesh shallI see God…”
In short, Job understood that the Messiah would come (centuries before he was promised to the Hebrew people. His understanding of the role of Redeemer was very similar to our understanding today. And it is very enlightening to look at his viewpoint 2000 years before Christ’s coming from our viewpoint 2000 years after. The main point being that our redeemer, David’s redeemer, Moses’ redeemer, and Job’s redeemer is available to all who ask, whenever they live.
As it seems to always be with Job, every study seems to create more questions than it answers. A few new ones that come to my mind are:
1. How was the book of Job preserved for all those years before “God’s People” even began to be organized?
2. Fascinating thought:
Creation -> Job (2000 years),
Job -> Jesus (2000years),
Jesus -> Us (2000 years)
3. Is Job “typical” of men of his time (did they understand in this way) or was he one-of-a-kind in his understanding of these things? (Noah had only died about 100 years before and Melchizedek lived about 50 years after so there were men of great wisdom from God to learn from.)
Food for thought.