JESUS IN THE BOOK OF JOB – OUR SUFFERING SERVANT ✝️
Considered the most ancient of all Biblical texts, the book of Job is a poetic masterpiece that tells the story of a suffering servant, forsaken by both God and man. But is Job only primeval poetry? Could this most ancient of tales also contain a hidden treasure of prophecy? Could Job be a type of Christ?
As I began to dig deeper into this text, its cracked layers of plaster fell away to reveal a beautiful mosaic of Yeshua Jesus, the Suffering Servant. Explore the following verses with me:
“They gape at me with their mouth, they strike me reproachfully on the cheek, they gather together against me (Job 16:10, about 4000 years before Christ).
“They gape at Me with their mouths, like a raging and roaring lion” (Ps 22:13, 1000 years before Christ).
My friend, as you close your eyes and meditate on these verses, you will see our Savior Yeshua Jesus, the Messiah, as He stood trial. He is before the Sanhedrin. You see them, mouths agape as He declares Himself God. The temple Guard slaps Him…
But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus said to him, “IT IS AS YOU SAID”. – Matthew 26:63-64
And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, “Do You answer the high priest like that?” – John 18:22
Friend, that very night Yeshua Jesus stood trial in your place and was sentenced to torture and death, forsaken by both God and man. Jesus is the true Suffering Servant, a King who died for His people, a Creator who gave his life for His creation as it cursed Him.
There is no other story like it. My friend, make Jesus YOUR story. He loves you more than you can imagine.❤️
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?… I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads…a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet…They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing. – Psalm 22
Before he became King, David endured intense physical and emotional distress. He was relentlessly pursued by then King Saul and his armies through the dry desert.
The Bible says in 1 Sam 23:14 “…Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand.”
Imagine being on the run and in fear for your life from a person you honor though he was trying to kill you!
David wrote Psalm 22 during one of those times of intense suffering, a Psalm that clearly foretells of our precious Savior Yeshua Jesus’ suffering as He faced the Cross of Golgotha. It takes us to the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus sweat drops of blood….
“And his sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.” – Luke 22:44
My friend, Jesus is FULLY GOD and yet, FULLY MAN. He suffered pain, humiliation and death for our sake. And in His ultimate suffering, He fully understands ours. And He will bring you through the dry deserts of this life. Jesus’ mission cost Him His life because His mission was to save us. He endured the Cross for us.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13
But to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, CHRIST is the POWER of GOD and the WISDOM of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:24
King Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, was blessed with wisdom. And although he had enjoyed everything “under the sun” and had everything a man could ever hope for, he recognized the hopelessness of it all. “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless”, he penned at the end of his life.
Ecclesiastes expresses our frustration of living in a fallen world. The Bible says that YESHUA JESUS is the WISDOM OF GOD who became one of us to share our common experience; a life of tears, exhaustion and heartache in a world corrupted by sin.
And yet, Jesus conquered all of it… through a wooden Cross on a lonely hill.
My Friend, I am hoping that by now, as we go through each book of the Old Testament, you are beginning to realize this profound truth: It is not just ancient history.
It is, in fact, HIS STORY.
Jesus said it Himself; “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures THAT TESTIFY ABOUT ME…” – John 5:39
We have learned so far that Jesus is the perfect Adam who was tempted in the wilderness, not the garden. He is the Ark of Noah. He is the offering of Isaac by his father Abraham on the Jerusalem mount. He is Joseph, who, at the right hand of the King, forgives those who betrayed Him and uses His power to save them. Jesus is Moses who stands as a mediator between humanity and Yahweh. He is the Lamb of the Passover! He is Joshua who leads us into a land of eternal life. Jesus is Job, the suffering servant. Jesus is King David, with a throne in the heavenly Jerusalem. He is Esther who not only risked His life as she did but GAVE HIS LIFE to save others. And the Bible goes on to say that Yahweh God loves YOU so much that HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON, Jesus, for your sake.
Friend, we are reading nothing less than a profound love story, written in blood… on a wooden cross. Authored by a loving father who, arms outstretched, welcomes you back home. My friend, fall into His loving arms today. Take hold of Him now… and never let go.❤️
“Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me.” – Psalms 40:7
My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me.” – Song of Solomon 2:10
King Solomon was the wisest and wealthiest man in the world… blessed by God. But something went wrong and he began to drift away from Yahweh later in life. Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes towards the end of his life. Proverbs was written in the middle. And although he later had many wives, I believe his first love was this dark-skinned peasant girl from Song of Solomon, a poem about his FIRST LOVE, written at the beginning.
Elena, my beautiful bride of more than 40 years, often tells me I see her through my “love goggles”. I don’t know about that. But it’s true that, when I look at her, when I hear her voice, it stirs something inside me. One thing is true. I love her unfailingly.
Friend, your identity rests on one thing, and one thing alone. No, it’s not your looks or fame. Not your wisdom or accomplishments. Not even How lovable you are!
Our identity as believers rests solely on this: Christ’s unfailing love for us! Paul says that this is the mystery of Christ and the church…. Jesus loves His Bride completely, unfailingly, unstoppably!
When we pattern our own lives after HIS agape love, we are suddenly empowered by the Holy Spirit. We are filled with HIS insight, HIS compassion, HIS empathy. When we place our identity in Christ, we are able to love the unlovable, just as HE did. And that, my friend, is who we are to be. ❤️