The Greater Job

Before going to bed last night, I know you were probably thinking about the Trinitarian affirmation of Jesus in Mark 1 followed by his temptation in the wilderness. Like you, I have been meditating on this passage for the last four days. Here is a brief thought:

a) The Trinitarian formulation in Mark 1:9-11 serves as an affirmation of the blamelessness of Jesus. As the Father says to the Son: “You are my beloved Son, with you I am well pleased.” In Job 1, God the Father affirms Job as blameless: “…there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”

b) After Jesus is affirmed in Mark 1:11, Mark says that He was immediately sent to the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. After Job is affirmed by God, he is also sent to be tempted by Satan.

c) Thus, Christ is the greater Job.

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4 responses to “The Greater Job

  1. See, this is why we brought Uri in here.

    It gives me the freedom to post silly videos and lame parables yet still keep our Gospel Cred.

    al sends

  2. “Trinitarian affirmation” and Christ being the “greater Job” are thoughts just beyond the reach of my little brain, but the pattern laid out in those examples of how God works through the lives of those he loves seems clear to me – He affirms their blamelessness (in our case, by the blood of Jesus), allows them to be tempted, and accomplishes his perfect will in the end. I don’t always handle that middle part well, but am thankful for his grace through the process!

  3. A few question this very apt comparison also brings up:

    What does the claim that Job is blameless do for our thoughts on original sin, especially since we marry If Job is the shadow of Christ, what manner of persons are his friends?

    Does part of God’s response to Job’s suffering seem comparable, perhaps, to God’s response to a suffering Christ? Far less judicial than we might like? Broadly speaking, when Job presents God with the problem of his suffering, God responds with, “Have you even seen the ostrich?”

    As Job prefigures Christ, what do we make of all his riches being restored to him in the final moments of the story? This seems iconic of something broader, better that is surely going on in the background, submerged in the story. If the conclusion of Job were meant to be understood very-literally, the questions we’ve had about the story since childhood hold: giving him new children doesn’t do much about the children he lost, does it?

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