A part of Job’s prayer to God in response to his “friend” Eliphaz’ accusation that he does not fear God. An accusation we already know to be a lie, because God himself said so – “And the Lord said to Satan, “Have 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 ESV Job breaks down so much for us in these verses. Keep in mind that this book was probably written before Moses, and that Job lived in the times of the patriarchs. In other words, he lived during the time of Abraham, he predates the Mosaic law. He was pre-law!!
But look at what he says here. O earth, cover not my blood, and let my cry find no resting place. That would be his innocent blood. Job is innocent of the charges against him, here he is comparing himself to an innocent murder victim. So, he is crying out that he not be forgotten, that his blood not be soaked by the ground until things are made right, that his “murder” be avenged. Compare this to what God says to Cain – “And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.”
ESV. So Job is crying out to God in his suffering.
Now this is what gets my attention here – Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and he who testifies for me is on high. Job states, correctly, that God knows he is innocent. While men may accuse him of doing wrong, his witness is in heaven. My friends scorn me; my eye pours out tears to God, that he would argue the case of a man with God, as a son of man does with his neighbor. This is where Job says something way ahead of his time! Before the Mosaic law, before slavery in Egypt, before the Exodus, before the prophets, Job unknowingly (or knowingly??!!) cries out to Jesus! His “friends” won’t help him, all he has is God. He calls out to God to argue his case with God, just as we do whenever we cry out to Jesus. Compare this to Romans –
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”
Romans 8:26-27 ESV. Job cries out to God to intervene on his behalf with…God. Just as Jesus (God) intervenes on our behalf. Not only this, Job speaks of praying to God for his friends here as a son of man does with his neighbor. (
you know – that love your neighbor as yourself thing). This is familiar, isn’t it – “And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.”
ESV. The son of man interceding with God for his neighbor. From Job, pre-law. Yes, there is definitely something about Job.
““O earth, cover not my blood, and let my cry find no resting place. Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and he who testifies for me is on high. My friends scorn me; my eye pours out tears to God, that he would argue the case of a man with God, as a son of man does with his neighbor. For when a few years have come I shall go the way from which I shall not return.”
Job 16:18-22 ESV