In Job 42:7-17, Job’s story ends just the way that we hoped it would. Job’s three “friends” Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar get rebuked by God. And everything that Job had lost, his possessions, his health, and his family, gets restored by God.

In the forgiveness of Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, there is a beautiful picture our redemption through Christ. They falsely accused Job, just as Christ was falsely accused. God accepted Job’s prayer for them and did not punish them according to what they deserved. Job was not able to perform this priestly function for his friends until he had been restored to right relationship with the Father through confession and repentance. (Job 42:-1-6) In the same way, Christ, the flawless Lamb of God, eternally stands between God and those who have rejected Him. Those for whom Christ prays and intercedes do not receive the punishment to which their sins have entitled them.

All of us are like Job’s friends. God’s anger burns against us because we have not spoken of Him what is right. (Job 42:7) For our sins to not be held against us, there must be an intermediary and a sacrifice. Christ came to be both the sacrifice (John 1:29) and the intermediary (1 John 2:1).

Those of us who are believers are also like Job. Just as Job was declared righteous in Job 1:8, we are also declared righteous through the sacrifice of Christ on the cross (Romans 5:19). But that declaration of righteousness does not mean that we no longer sin. When we do sin, if we confess our sin and repent as Job did in Job 42:1-6, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

This is the gospel. If you have not trusted Christ as the sacrifice for your sins and your advocate with God, that is the first step. When you do that, you will still sin, and God’s forgiveness continues to be available when you confess and repent.

The world now groans and suffers from the influence of Satan, just as Job did. But one day, God will end all this insanity and restore everything better than it was in the garden before the fall. (Revelation 21:1-4)

 

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