Job is always seen as great book to remind us of who God is, and how he is bigger than what we see. It can tell us a lot about suffering and evil. And It also speaks a lot about knowing where you stand with God, as a personal relationship.
To me, something that really stood out when I read last night was Job 9. Job is replying to one of his friends. His friends was saying “surely God does not reject a blameless man”, and “Does God Pervert Justice?”. Whilst these seem fair comments, by knowing the reality of the situation, we can see that Job is not a sinful man who deserves this suffering, and Job’s friend just doesn’t get the whole picture, thus he is completely wrong about the situation.
Job responds by saying “how can a mortal be righteous before God?”
He talks of the power, sovereignty and wisdom of God, and how even when he wishes he could escape his suffering by going to God and saying he was not being fair (according to the formula of Job’s friend, which is correct in ultimate judgement, yet not necessarily in the short term).
Job seems to get who God is; He is in control, He has a right to do as he wills, He works in ways that we can’t understand, “He is not a man like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court.”
The most interesting thing to me, however, was Job’s lament, or speculation in v33-35.
“If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.”
Sound familiar? Someone to remove the rod of God’s Wrath. I’m pretty sure Jesus does that. Someone to intercede; Jesus again, and also the Spirit. It seems like Job is suggesting that the very thing we need to communicate and relate with God, in the way he desires to, is the work of the cross.
And he says that if we have someone to arbitrate, to allow this relationship, to remove Wrath from us, then we need not fear God’s terror.
That’s Big. That’s Jesus.