Job's Friends Part 5From the book of Job, Chapter 1 verse 5 we read:
Job 1:5And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.
If you read my last installment, you will be familiar with my understanding that the children were not partying every day, but rather were feasting on particular set celebratory occasions, such as a birthday or a set day for each son. Here is further proof which supports my understanding. Apparently, each feast would last more than one day. And when these days were done, that is, the feast was concluded, Job would step in. Herein is order. The feast had run its course, there was design about the festivities. And herein is wisdom. Job as the patriarch recognizes that when there is wine and food and celebration, occasionally there are things said or done that a more sober mind would have avoided.
How is it that Job consecrated them? Sin is a brutal matter. It separates us from God, from the love of God and exposes us to his wrath. Romans 1:18 This wrath is more intense than anything in all of creation. God is not put off by sin. God is not inconvenienced by sin. God is not saddened by sin. God is angry, wrathful and furious. Hell fire was created because of sin. And the only atonement that will appease the wrath and purchase peace is the blood of Christ - a perfect sacrifice capable of carrying the sins of the world. Genesis 3:15, 3:21, and 4:3. Job believes this. He sacrifices burnt offerings to the Lord in faith that God will relent any anger and hold fast to his own covenant established with Adam, that one day his seed would crush Satan and sin and death.
Finally, before leaving this verse, it is important to my heart to acknowledge the picture of Christ our Intercessory Priest here. As Job's children were living, Job was interceding. The allusion is to the intercessory role Christ plays on our behalf. While Job's sacrifices were animals and continual, Christ's sacrifice was his own body and blood and was once for all. We see the father's love for his children just as we see our Heavenly Father love us so much that His only son is given upon an instrument of torture and death. This is what makes Job the kind of man of whom God boasts "[h]ave you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?" Job 1:8