The Messianic Prophecies In Job
The Unjust Suffering And Grief Of The Son Of Man
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My God, My God! Why have You forsaken Me? (Psalm 22: 1 and Matthew 27: 46)
The Psalms describe the humiliation and abandonment of Jesus by friends and enemies, but Job is exclusively about the emotional abandonment of Jesus by all his loved ones and the entire region. As such, Job is a Messianic prophecy and a guide for the Messiah to follow as He experienced His total abandonment on the cross while He searched in vain for comforters.
No Comforters. Reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick and I looked for sympathy, but there was none, and for comforters, but I found none. (Psalm 69: 20)
I have become estranged from my brothers and an alien to my mother's sons. (Psalm 69: 8)
Avoided by Loved Ones, Friends and Family. My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague; and my kinsmen stand afar off. (Psalm 38: 11)

No Comforters: The Total Abandonment Of Job And Christ
Useless Comforters. "I have heard many such things; Sorry comforters are you all. (Job 16: 2)
In most accounts we see the Messiah as a man afflicted by His enemies. In this story of Job we can see the sufferings of the Messiah from a unique perspective. Here we see the psychological effects of the abandonment of loved ones.
For Job, not only was there no pity for a man in distress, they multiplied his sorrows by abandoning him, scorning him, mocking him and spitting on him.
This was a man who had been kind to them, whom none of them could attribute an unrighteous deed. He was not a criminal suffering because of his crimes. His only problem was a severe illness and a series of heartbreaking losses and nobody had enough pity to comfort him. How could such a kind and righteous man not deserve an hour of genuine pity from even his loved ones?

The Afflictions Of Job And Christ
Both suffered severe physical and emotional trauma. While the taunting and triumph of your enemy can cause grief, nothing can compare to the betrayal of a friend. Only the taunting and ridicule and lack of care of your family, friends and loved ones can inflict the most severe emotional pain. The severity of the pain is proportional to the love you have for that person or the love you thought they had for you.
What is even more perplexing and distressing is to see them actually enjoy your distress. It is truly a reality that can never be understood. Such was the utter grief and bewilderment of Job. Those to whom he had been kind were now enjoying his disaster. If he had acted superior or treated them with some contempt, then perhaps one could understand why someone who benefited from his kindness would think that he deserved to be "cut down a peg or two". But this was not the case. He treated everyone with respect and actually went to seek out those that he could help even before they asked. This was the deep grief and distress of Christ as the reproach of his friends broke His heart.
... I delivered the poor who cried for help and the orphan who had no helper. I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame. I was a father to the needy, and I investigated the case which I did not know. I broke the jaws of the wicked and snatched the prey from his teeth. (Job 29: 12,15-17)

The Verdict
It came about after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has". (Job 42: 7)

Verdict: Job's Friends Were Wrong!
What was the sin of the friends of Job? What was wrong with their advice? When you examine their words it sounds like the same arguments we make about the role of God during a tragedy. God says that these are lies. If you read the replies of the friends and pretend that they were speaking to Christ instead of Job, then you would see the errors of their arguments.
Sometimes the righteous suffer like the wicked and it is neither their sin nor God's fault, but still the will of God.
Clueless Advisors. Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, "Who is this that darkens counsel without knowledge?" (Job 38: 1-2)

» Eliphaz: The Expert On Everything (Know It All).
We Know More. Behold this, we have investigated it, and so it is. Hear it and know for yourself. (Job 5: 27)
You Can't Teach Us. What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that we do not? (Job 15: 9)

» Bildad: The Expert On Those Who Do Not Know God.
Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him who does not know God. (Job 18: 21)
This is supposed to be the reward of those who do not know God, yet this was the reward of a loving God who was despised by an ungrateful creation.

» Zophar: The Expert On The Reward Of The Wicked.
This is the wicked man's portion from God, even the heritage decreed to him by God. (Job 20: 29)
This is supposed to be the reward of a wicked man, but this was how the only righteous man was treated.
Complete darkness is held in reserve for his treasures, and unfanned fire will devour him. It will consume the survivor in his tent. The heavens will reveal his iniquity, and the earth will rise up against him. The increase of his house will depart. His possessions will flow away in the day of His anger. (Job 20: 26-28)

Zophar had other ideas about what wicked men could do to be set right that did not appear to be true on the cross.

» More Humiliation. The statements of Zophar point to other things that happened at the crucifixion that were not written down. So we will take the opportunity to use the statements of the covenant, circumstantial evidence and other Messianic prophecies to list several other indignities that Jesus suffered that were not directly stated in the gospels.

In pretending to understand the mysteries of God, they totally discounted the words of a man who was their friend and who was consistently a righteous man as far as they knew. Their sin was in not judging by what they know but by judging by what they assumed about the righteous and the wicked. They wanted to be so much on the safe side where the majority of opinion leaned, that they were willing to suspend all that they knew about a close friend in favor of what they thought God should be like. Spiritual correctness overruled to the extent that they convinced themselves that he was evil, sick, stubborn, self-righteous and deluded. And in the process, they also misrepresented the character of God and became a type of the sorry comforters and fair weather friends who were present at the crucifixion.

» Elihu: Defends God.
Only the young one showed wisdom. He chastised the others for condemning Job without answering his arguments. Then he chastises Job for thinking that he can defend himself before God. He tells Job that God is righteous, more righteous than Job.
God is Just. Surely, God will not act wickedly, and the Almighty will not pervert justice. (Job 34: 12)
Therefore, Job needs to wait for God.
Wait For God. How much less when you say you do not behold Him, the case is before Him, and you must wait for Him! (Job 35: 14)

The Afflictions And Defamation Of God
We know that God was afflicted in the person of Jesus Christ, yet for over six thousand years and even today God is still suffering under a cloud of shame.

True Friends Of God. In his period of sorrows the friends of Job failed. In this time of God's suffering, God asks His friends to sit with Him as He tries to make us understand the multitude of His sorrows and His intense feelings of grief and pain. God tells us about His feelings as He allows us to feel them.
For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake. (Philippians 1: 29)
but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. (1 Peter 4: 13)
Suffering Friends
It is now clear why God rewards former sinners with such honor to represent Him as priests to the unfallen universe. We have suffered defamation like Him and we understand His suffering at a level that the unfallen cannot.

When a friend is suffering, you do what it takes to relieve their physical pain and anxiety and their mental suffering and comfort them. But the one who loves the most will go further. It is easy to say comforting words and do comforting things, even when those efforts are genuine and persistent. It is hard to go one step further to understand by feeling and experiencing their pain and suffering.
If you have been given the privilege of suffering the afflictions of God, you will reach a great turning point when you begin to understand that you can use the emotions and the situations that caused them to empathize with God. God is not just a Person to whom you can turn when you need something or to boost His ego with praises. God can also be comforted.

Testing The Righteous
How does God test the mature Christian? We will demonstrate how by the example of marriage.

Testing The Righteous Messiah
How did God test the mature Christ?
He took Him out of the safe environment in heaven and placed Him among sinners in the worst place in Israel so that He could learn about good and evil by experience. Then He gave Him to Satan after Christ had submitted to His will.
... My Father if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me, yet not as I will, but as You will. (Matthew 26: 39)

» Atonement In The Garden Of Gethsemane.
The Gift of GodThe Wages of Sin (Certificate of Debt from Satan)
Garden of Gethsemane Arrest Trial No Disciples Crown of Thorns Carry Cross CrucifixionDeath
PrayerSweat Blood AtonementCurseWrath
The Blood in the SanctuaryThe Burnt Carcass Eaten in the Outer Court
For this reason, atonement was made in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus prayed for sinners and offered up His own blood Himself by sweating blood on the ground and by having a broken and contrite spirit before God. God had tested Him and Jesus submitted to the will of God. It was the blood carried into the Most Holy Place by a living High Priest that made atonement, not the burnt carcass.
In the garden Christ accomplished both states. He was alive, yet He was bleeding. Together they made atonement for sin without the help of humans or participation of demons, and without an act of barbarity but because of an emotion based in great love. A knife across His jugular vein did not release this blood. Extreme agony caused by extreme love did. God did not need evil or an evil act to complete the Holy Plan of Salvation. As far as God was concerned, He was satisfied with this atonement. But the forces of evil wanted more. They smelled blood!
So what! God took the easy way out by bleeding a little in the garden. Let us test Him and He will abandon God. So what happened to Christ next was not orchestrated by God. And it became more of an exercise about breaking the relationship among the Trinity than separating us from God. This was the greatest battle in the war on the Trinity.

Christ had not abandoned us. All Satan had left was the hope that Christ would hate God. It was Satan who wanted his pound of flesh for the wages of sin. God had already given us eternal life as a gift in Gethsemane.

» The Southern Tribes.
The Curses And Wrath On All Sinners
PenaltyCurse Wrath
BoyHard LaborCarries cross Breathing on the cross
BoyThorns and ThistlesCrown of thorns Nails
BoyNo FruitNo Israel No God
Boy Return to dustFell Death
GirlSubmissionArrest, trial Crucifixion
GirlBirth pains Peter denies Church birth
NakedGambled for clothes Naked on the cross
Lost ParadiseNo Israel Sent to sheol
Sword (war)Peter Pierced side
SeparationNo friends Cut off
DarknessNight Dark day
GirlCrawl on belly Fell on the ground
GirlEat dust Death, burial, embalmed
GirlEnmity Hated by Israel
GirlBruised head Crown of thorns
GirlBruised heel Nailed feet
Boy Punishment of Adam. (Genesis 3: 17-19)
Girl Punishment of Eve. (Genesis 3: 15-16)
Snake Punishment of Satan. (Genesis 3: 14-15)
The lesson on the twelve tribes surrounding the sanctuary also show that the southern tribes represent His ordeal in the Garden of Gethsemane when God allows our afflictions.

» The Wrath Of Satan. Everything else that He experienced after Gethsemane was Satan's vicious debt collection. The only thing that Satan could hope to accomplish was to split the Trinity by making Jesus curse the Father. So calamity after calamity fell on this Man Whom God had declared righteous. And Christ did not curse God before He died. He blessed God and forgave those who were killing Him. He demonstrated that He deserved to be the Ruler of the earth because He loved the people more than His own life. So Jesus won our salvation with His blood in Gethsemane and purchased back dominion from Satan on the cross with His life and proved the love of God. He restored honor to the Trinity by showing what They would do to forgive Their enemies.

» The Wrath Of God. Although Christ already gave blood to atone for our sins, Christ still had to die to suffer our punishment for sin and He also had to suffer our curses, including separation.
It was Satan who wanted to see this punishment, not God.
Satan administered this punishment of death and curses called the wrath of God and the story of Job helps us to understand how and why. We find the terms of a possible bargain that was forged by Satan when God agreed to handicap Himself in the body of a human so that Satan could torture Him for 33 years. Paul calls this bargain, the certificate of debt. In the Garden, Christ repaid God. On the cross, Christ repaid this debt to Satan.
A Crushing Generational Debt. Having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us, and He has taken it out of the way having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. (Colossians 2: 14-15)
It was the terms of the wrath that were hostile to humans. Christ nailed them to the cross when He was nailed. He took away the weapons of Satan and the malicious rulers and principalities when He endured their assault and conquered and became the legal Ruler of the earth.

The Wages Of Sin And The Price Of Salvation
Let me be clear. I am not teaching that Christ did not have to die or that the wages of sin is not death. Far from it. If we sin we must be separated from God and we will die. But how will we die? Are the wages of sin cruel, inhuman death by torture?
In fact, the slaughtering ritual demands that the animal should be treated kindly, be spoken to kindly and that the death must be as quick and painless as possible. If not, the animal is unfit for food or sacrifice.
But this was not the death that Christ died. His death was slow, painful, unkind and humiliating. So why was it not ritually unacceptable? How could God break His own laws and accept this offering?
This was not the death God approved. It was the death Satan imposed for God to purchase us back. Christ did not purchase us back from God for God. He purchased us back with His life from Satan for God!
Purchased For God. And they sang a new song saying "worthy are you to take the book and break the seals; for you were slain and purchased for God with your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation." (Revelation 5: 9)
... the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. (Acts 20: 8)
Think about this logically. Why would God hold us for ransom and then die by torture to pay Himself this ransom? It only makes sense that someone else is demanding the ransom and this person is an enemy.
The Plan of Salvation
Exchange Allowed Ransom Demanded
God PriceLife Christ's Blood DeathPriceSatan
Substituted in Gethsemane Purchased on Calvary
The Gift of God Gift Money The Wages of Sin

» The Price of Salvation. In the law about the acceptance of the Levites, salvation is pictured as a purchase, ransom, exchange and a substitution of the firstborn (Numbers 3). Here is why.
For the wages of sin is death. But the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6: 23)

So, as we sing eloquently about the victory at the cross, let us not forget the significance of Gethsemane. We had already won at Gethsemane. Only the Trinity could lose at Calvary.
Jesus Christ was substituted for us in Gethsemane and then used to pay the ransom to Satan at Calvary!

» The Plan of Salvation. Whether from God or Satan, the wages of sin is death. But Satan says, "Kill them now! Torture them! Let them suffer!". While God says, "Wait! Let me first plead with them because I am willing to forgive them".
On Calvary, Satan emphasized the wages of sin. But in Gethsemane, Christ emphasized the gift of God. Satan struck a deal to sell us back to God. The price was Christ. So the wages of sin is death, because what happened on the cross is also a part of the transaction called the Plan of Salvation.
Christ atoned for us with God in Gethsemane with His blood when He substituted Himself for us and set us right with God so that we are no longer separated. Then He purchased us back from Satan on the cross with His life and blood.
Fortunately, Jesus made the ritually pure offering of blood in Gethsemane before Satan's mob tortured Him.
It is comforting to see the true nature of God in this plan. He did not wait to impose the death sentence immediately, rather His plan was to first give us a gift of forgiveness and reconciliation.

» Death From God. If Satan did not exist and we sinned on our own and refused to repent, then we would also die when God finally separated from us. This is how Satan will die, after God gave him thousands of years to repent.
A fire will come out of him and destroy him, signifying that he is responsible for his own death.
Fire Within. Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you; It has consumed you and I have turned you to ashes on the earth, in the eyes of all who see you. (Ezekiel 28: 18)
It is as if the withdrawal of God removes a nuclear containment shield and the atoms in his body explode.

» The Dead Body of Christ. Unless the family obtained permission to bury the bodies, crucifixion victims were left to rot in the open air and eaten by scavengers. Satan probably wanted this final humiliation and He probably contended for the body of Christ just as he tried to get the body of Moses (Jude 9). There is some evidence of this in Zechariah as the high priest stood before God clothed in sin and accused by Satan
The Brand on Fire. Then He showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, "The Lord rebuke you Satan! Indeed, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?"
Filthy Clothes (Sin). Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and standing before the angel.
(Zechariah 3: 1-3)
His body would not suffer further humiliation by being eaten by worms in the grave or by scavengers on the cross.

» The Victory Of God (With Both Hands Tied). Christ did not win the crucial victory by being the strong male. He won by submitting like a weak woman. Satan intended to humiliate Christ. But in His position of humiliation, blinded, abandoned, naked, submitting like a woman and a slave, with both hands and feet tied and nailed Christ defeated Satan. What a humiliating defeat!

» Binding Leviathan. Satan started this fiery trial and in the end God says that only He can bind this tyrant.
Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me?
Vengeance. Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
The Father Of The Proud. He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
(Job 41: 1-2,10-11,34)
Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters. Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness. (Psalm 74: 13-14)
Taking Away The Dominion Of Satan. No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. (Mark 3: 27)
Jesus is the one who can stand before God and bind the strongman to rescue the people and take vengeance for God.

The Faith Of The Righteous
This story might also demonstrate another truth. It shows why "the just shall live by faith".
"Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward. For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith." (Hebrews 10: 35-38)
Like Christ, Job had to deal with his ordeal by faith. There were no good answers from everyone around them and God either could not defend Himself or would not defend Himself.
They had to rely on what they previously knew and heard about God. God also handicapped Himself by allowing faith. And faith can only be passed down by the hearing of the word of God.
So faith comes by hearing. And hearing by the word of Christ. (Romans 10: 17)
Because of faith, the righteous must trust in God through the Word of God by the statements of the cloud of witnesses before them. God passed down instructions through the prophets, the laws and the signs in the feasts. The righteous must trust in this written testimony and not rely on their temporary feelings and circumstances because we can never afford to make the mistake of Adam and Eve, especially in our current condition.
We cannot substitute our own opinions and desires for the righteous testimony of God and about God. This testimony must be held in high esteem by us and we must read about it and listen to it. Here is the testimony.

Repeat Repetition and Enlargement
The Character of God
We have learned that God is not unjust. He does not hand us over to testing if we cannot bear it. We also understand that God desired only mercy and grace. It was Satan who desired wrath. Blinded by the stupidity of wrath, Satan could not grasp the fact that in his profound hatred for God he would lose everything when he risked it all for the chance to lure Christ and failing that to humiliate, torture and murder Him believing that torture would make Him give up.
Other events of the crucifixion also followed the pattern in the sufferings of Job.

Christ has experienced everything so that He can know and understand our anger, pain, joy, sorrow and loneliness.
One Who is Sympathetic. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4: 15-16)

As an example, brethren, of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. James 5: 10 Time: 90 minutes
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Copyright     First Created : 16 May 2008. Updated: October 2009.
Credits: On 9 May 2008, I recognized Job 16-17 and Psalm 88 as Messianic. God waited for this time to let me write this because it could not be written merely with the gift of knowledge. I must also write it after going through a similar experience.
On June 27, I was asked to show how the friends lied about God. Then I realized that everything was Messianic.
Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (May 2008)