Job – Revealing Our Arbitrator

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Job reveals Jesus Christ as our Daysman in Job 9:33, meaning that he is our Arbitrator and our Redeemer. Job reveals to us the bondage of Satan and the deliverance of God.

The Declaration of the Book of Job is that God is love and light, and it is He that delivers His children from all destruction as He did for Job. What saved Job from complete annihilation was his trusting in, looking to, and believing in the same God that we today trust in, look to, and pray to with a believing heart of expectation to receive His blessings.

Job’s greatest conflict throughout Satan’s attacks upon him was from his (so-called) friends who came to comfort him as they tried their best to get Job to blame God for all of his misery and misfortune. But Job stood firm in his beliefs and confessions as he continued trusting that his deliverance was coming, and it most certainly did.

Job 1:22 – In all this Job sinned not, nor charged {blamed or accused} God foolishly.

Our society usually blames God for almost everything, for evil, badness, and destruction, and on the other hand, society hardly ever acknowledges God for any of His goodness but rather pats himself on the back for his good luck. Blaming God for misery is the way of the natural man, and the nature of man sometimes is to find comfort in misery because we are wrongly taught that it is a test or a trial from above.

James 1:13 – Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.

As a vivid example, Job’s wife actually said to him, “Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die” (Job 2:9). Can you imagine? Go ahead Job: be like everyone else and curse God and die! This was the statement from Job’s grieving wife. But those of us who truly know God’s healing Word have seen, as Job did, that God only gives blessings to His children for we are coming to personally experience our God in His love (Ephesians 1:4).

After Job’s devastation, his friends came to him and totally badgered him almost to death, trying to get Job to blame his God, and admit that he had failed as a believer.

Job 12:2-3:
-2: {Job is speaking} No doubt but ye {my friends} are the people, and wisdom shall die with you. {This means they thought they were the only experts, and without them, all wisdom would vanish.}
-3: But I {Job} have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these {the things that you claim as truth}.

Job was saying that: I do not know God the way you are telling me He is, I do not believe that my God is vengeful, and I will not blame Him when things go wrong. Job’s friends were “miserable comforters” (Job 16:2), they believed that it was the wrath of God, which devastated Job, and they were there to make sure Job understood that!

Job on the other hand knew the truth about his God, and against perhaps all odds he realized that he was not inferior to his friends who eloquently spoke lies. How do we know that Job’s friends were wrong and not Job? Because in the end God asked Job to pray for his friends ─ rather than asking them to pray for Job (Job 42:8), and God’s Word says that Job was a righteous man who had the power in himself (to believe the Word) to save himself (Ezekiel 14:14).

Job knew and believed what was later revealed and written in James 1:13, as we highlighted above ,“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.” Of course this is contrary to many beliefs, yet this is the truth of God’s Word.

In the Gospel of John 8:21-59 we can find Jesus Christ, whom Job looked to and hoped in, going through some very similar attacks and being accused, as Job had gone through many years before.

John 8:41b – . . . Then said they to him {Jesus}, We be not born of fornication {OUCH}. . .

They were literally calling Jesus illegitimate; for they thought Mary was pregnant with Jesus by another man other than Joseph. Yet Jesus continued teaching God’s healing Word to those who literally were implying that he was nothing more than a “bastard.”

Why did Jesus keep on teaching them? Because he was (and Still Is) the Arbitrator between God and man. He demonstrated that God is all love, and if he would do that for those cruel people, think how much more he can do for us who are learning to believe and trust in the God of deliverance.

What do we think of Jesus, was he illegitimate, or was he the Son of God? The answer is clear to us who look to him that: he is the Son of God, our Arbitrator, and our Lord and Savior.

Jesus is revealed in the Book of Job to be our Arbitrator as well as our complete deliverance from all evil and devastation as he was for Job who was in the end extremely blessed because he continued believing in God’s healing Word.