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Five Ways Job Is a Type and Shadow of Jesus Christ

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After Job suffered, he served as one of the clearest types of Christ in the Old Testament. He longed for his Mediator, Advocate, and Redeemer throughout his trials, and then he became a picture of the Person, Jesus Christ, to his friends.

1. Job’s Sacrifice and Intercession Turned Away God’s Wrath

And so it was, after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.”

Job 42:7-8

God said His “wrath was aroused against his friends.” How could God’s wrath be turned away? This was hundreds of years before the Mosaic law instituted the sacrificial system, but even then it was clear an offering needed to be made for sin. Seven is the number of completion, which means his offering pictured a perfect sacrifice on his friends’ behalf.

God did not treat Job’s friends “according to [their] folly,” which is to say they did not receive the punishment they deserved. They avoided God’s judgment because he interceded for them. Similarly, God’s wrath is against us, but Jesus offered a perfect sacrifice on our behalf. We do not receive the punishment our sins deserve. We avoid judgment, because of Jesus’ intercession for us.

2. God Accepted Him in Place of His Friends

So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the Lord commanded them; for the Lord had accepted Job.

Job 42:9

His friends did not accept him, but in verse eight God said, “I will accept him,” and now it says God “accepted Job.” Those closest to him rejected him like those closest to Jesus rejected him, but God accepted him on their behalf like God accepts Jesus on our behalf.

Watch this sermon I delivered as a guest preacher about Jonah serving as a type and shadow of Jesus Christ…

3. Job Was Rejected and Then Exalted

Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the Lord had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold.

Job 42:11

He was rejected by his family but then accepted by them. Similarly, Jesus was first rejected by his family and then accepted by them. He experienced suffering and humiliation, but then blessing and exaltation. Jesus experienced suffering and humiliation, but He will experience blessing and exaltation:

[Jesus] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:7-11

Job’s friends honored him because of what he did for them. How much more honor should we give Christ, because of the greater work He did for us as our Mediator, Advocate, and Redeemer?

4. Job Was An Innocent, Righteous Sufferer

The first two chapters of the Book of Job contain what could be the greatest description of an individual in all of Scripture, second only to Christ Himself:

  • Job 1:1 says, “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.
  • Job 1:8 God described Job to Satan: “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
  • Job 2:3 God described Job again, after Satan destroyed his animals, servants, and children. He repeated what He previously said and added, “Still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.”

Job’s description contributes to the main struggle people have with this book. If Job looked like a terrible sinner who “had it coming,” there would be no dilemma. Instead, we ask: “How could God let an innocent, righteous man experience such terrible suffering?”

Despite Job’s character, he was still a sinner: “There is none righteous; no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Job revealed the truth of this verse. At times he accused God and revealed self-righteousness.

There has only been one perfectly righteous, innocent Sufferer, and that is Jesus. The Gospels go to great lengths throughout His trials to reveal this:

  • Matthew 27:19—Pilate’s wife said, “Have nothing to do with that just Man.”
  • Matthew 27:24—Pilate said, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person.”
  • Luke 23:41—One of the criminals on the cross next to Jesus said, “This Man has done nothing wrong.”
  • Luke 23:47—The centurion said, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”

5. Job Suffered and Then Saved His Friends

Job looked forward to the Man who suffered and saved His friends in the true and greater sense. He suffered. But Jesus suffered for the sins of others. Job offered a sacrifice for his friends. But Jesus offered the one sacrifice that provided eternal life:

This Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.

Hebrews 10:12

Job saved his friends physically and temporarily. But Jesus saves His friends spiritually and eternally.

If you enjoyed this post, I would encourage you to check out Bob Sorge’s post, “22 Ways to Find Jesus in the Book of Job.”

Discussion Questions to Answer in Comments Section

  1. Can you think of other ways Job served as a type of Christ?
  2. In what ways is Jesus the true and greater Intercessor, and the only innocent, righteous Sufferer?
  3. Can you think of other examples in Scripture of individuals who served as a type of Christ during their suffering?
Enduring Trials God's Way author Scott LaPierre

The text in this post is found in Enduring Trials God’s Way: A Biblical Recipe for Finding Joy in Suffering. I am praying God uses the book to strengthen your faith and exalt Christ. Get your copy today!

6 Responses

  1. That was truly a Holy Spirit led & guided inspired analysis of Job being a type and shadow of Christ; as was your message on Joseph being a type and shadow of Christ; and, as was your sermon on Jonah with the same highlighting of him being that , also… It is quite apparent that the Spirit of God has gifted you with deep insight into this very specific area of study of the Scriptures, and it is a true blessing for those who “have an ear to hear” the profound spiritual lessons, implications, & applications learned for their application in our every day Christian living… (Moses and Isaac being types & shadows of Christ, also) All of those, and many more such examples like those, all throughout the Scriptures clearly shows us how God is truly such an Amazing, Awesome, Wonderful, Marvelous, Loving, Detailed, Precise, Wise, Thoughtful, Intelligent Designer Creator of all of His Personally Guided Inspiration of the Spiritual content of the whole Counsel of God from Genesis right through to Revelation! If one has the spiritual “eyes to see” it has His Fingerprints &/or His Handy-work &/or His Signature all over it… Thank you, again!

  2. As an type of Christ, Job was disciplined and scourged ,Heb 12:4-11 is the reflection of Jesus’ suffering. And just as job was afflicted by Satan without cause, so was Jesus of whom Satan through his children were decreed from the beginning to bruise his heel.gen 3:15

    We are disciplined out of love by Father recieved as legitimate children (Rom 3:25) because of what Jesus would go through as Righteous for our sins instead of us without being divinely accursed(1 cor 12:3kjv) at the appointed time.

  3. Hey Scott, this was great and I went through it with the family. Thanks for putting out content like this. (-:

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