Elihu has spent the past 31 chapters silently listening to the exchanges we have read. Part of his speech that impacted me also illustrates why we should always be prepared to give an account for the joy we have.
If there is a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show unto man his uprightness;
As we come to terms our own sinfulness, a Messenger or Mediator may Intercede and spare man from going into the pit.
Christ is that Mediator and He Intercedes for each of us every day.
It is His Flesh was renewed as He gave His Life as a Ransom for many.
When we think about our salvation, does it generate the type of reaction seen in vs 27 and 28. All of us "have sinned and perverted what was right" but "did not get what I deserved" (vs 27 NIV). By the Grace of God, our "life shall see the light" (vs 28 JUB). Salvation is not reserved for an elite group, it is for all who come and accept the offer of Christ to Intercede for us. That is it.
I am repeatedly amazed at the consistency of the message of salvation throughout the bible. The story of Job takes place before the prophets began to speak and allude the coming Messiah; before the exodus and the writing of the law. Yet salvation is understood to exist, even if mechanism of how it will come to pass is not.
From "In the beginning" in Genesis 1:1 to the final "Amen" in Revelations 22:21, we are assured that there is Hope for every human to one day be in the Presence of the Holy One.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Job 36-39