After another barrage of insults and accusations from a “friend” in Job 15, Job 16 offers another insight into a man who is yearning for compassion. In verses 19-21 Job turns his face to God looking for something… or better yet…. someone. “Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high. My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God. O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!”
Job was looking for someone to plead his cause for him. In scripture we often focus on the need for redemption as being the only reason why Jesus was sent to earth, but His work did not finish on the cross. He is a mediator for us today to the Holy One. Because Jesus knew no sin of His own, He can be that mediator between God and man. Job anticipated the need that would be fulfilled in Jesus Christ, who is both our mediator (I Tim 2:5) and our advocate (1 John 2:1) in heaven before God the Father. “It is plain that the mystery of man’s redemption by Christ was known to the ancient patriarchs, as hath been oft noted before, and to Job among others, (Job 19:25).” (Poole).
Job knew that he needed a mediator, someone to bridge the gap between himself and a holy, great God. Job also knew by faith that such a Person existed and could be trusted. This made Job a believer in Jesus before Jesus ever walked the earth; he had faith in God’s Messiah to come.
This ought to remind us that although the comfort of faith in God’s unseen hand and plan was available to Job, it is even more available to us in light of the finished work of Jesus Christ and His exaltation to the right hand of God the Father in heaven.
Praise the Lord we have such an awesome, loving God who cares for us.