Job 16 Commentary
Job has no kind words for his friends. They are miserable comforters! The need for a friend who sticks closer than a brother can be seen very clearly here.
“There must be Someone in heaven who knows the truth about me, in highest heaven, some Attorney who can clear my name — My Champion, my Friend,” said Job. The Message Bible. It is Job’s case, more than anything, which brings into sharp focus the real need for mediation. Who represents mortals before God as a neighbor stands up for a neighbor?
Job has prayed. Job has called upon the LORD. Silence. It has all been quiet. Now Job appeals to the Mediator – someone who represents mortals before God.
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,” First Timothy 2 verse 5. Job has just lamented the absence of mediation. But wrapped within these pages is the hope that the mediator can speak up for Job.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This would be Job’s cry. But we know only this Job or the man that Job so ably represented can cry this way. Ours would probably be: “My God, why haven’t you forsaken me?” Our need for mediation is very different. Is there someone in heaven who can plead forgiveness on our behalf? Yes. The man Christ Jesus. That is the essence of the gospel that we have received.
There is a pattern for us to follow in Job’s responses. He focuses his attention on the LORD God. Yes, he responds to Eliphaz’s arguments but his many thoughts are poured out before the LORD. Let not your tears fall to the ground. There is a shoulder to lean on. The mediator, the man Christ Jesus is always ready to hear you.
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