January 26, 2012 by Chris French
Did you know that Jesus is almost as prevalent in the Old Testament as He is in the New? It’s true. You can find Him in every book of the Old Testament. You won’t see His Name, but you will find people longing for Him. Job is a great example of this. In Job 14.14 Job says, “If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my renewal should come.” Job’s waiting on the resurrection! He will die long before Jesus is born to Mary, but he still has that hope of being with God in a more intimate way than is possible while we live on Earth. In fact as Job continues you see God’s pleasure in having a relationship with us. “You would call, and I would answer you; you would long for the work of your hands.” When Job died he would be waiting for God to call, when that happened Job said he would answer. He knew that call would come because God longs for the work of His hands. He longs for you!
So many times we deal with disappointment and betrayal in this life, Job understood that! The three men who claim to be his best friends have betrayed him thinking him guilty of some unknown sin he didn’t commit. His own wife told him to curse God and die after everything had been taken from him! Job understands betrayal, but he also knows that God longs for him like He doesn’t long for anything else. He wants to have a relationship with us. In fact He longs to have that relationship.
Job 14.16 says, “For then you would number my steps; you would not keep watch over my sin; my transgression would be sealed up in a bag and you would cover over my iniquity.” When Job says he wants God to number or guard his steps he’s asking for a time when God would protect him from sin: a time when God wouldn’t count his sin against him, a time when his sin could be sealed up in a bag never to be seen again, a time when God would bury Job’s sin. That happened on the cross when a completely innocent Man died so God could bury our sins. We’re here today to remember that sacrifice as a family and to give so everyone in the world can know the truth Job found out about so long ago.