Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and he who testifies for me is on high. Job 16:19 ESV
In this passage Job acknowledged that he had a true friend, an unnamed intercessor who is in heaven, unlike his other so-called friends who were of no help to him (v.20). In the New Testament, we recognize this friend and intercessor as our Lord, Jesus Christ (1 John 2:1; Hebrews 7:24-25)
Job’s experience was similar in some ways to that of the apostle Peter. In Luke 22:31-34 Jesus told Peter that Satan demanded permission to “sift you like wheat.” Peter was then told that Jesus had prayed for him that his faith might not fail but that he was to strengthen his brothers after he had “turned again”. Peter, who had walked on water with Jesus (Matthew 14:22-33) was quick to claim he was ready to join Jesus in prison or death. This passage continues and Peter is told he would deny the Lord three times before the rooster crowed.
We know that both Job and Peter were restored regarding their relationship with GOD. Both had difficult times in different ways before that restoral came about. We know that Job’s fortunes were restored to him and that he lived a prosperous life the remainder of his days. Peter’s life was different following his restoration—he ministered in a powerful way until he died a martyr’s death for his faith.
Jesus Christ was Job’s and Peter’s intercessor then, just as He is ours now. I know I both want and need his advocacy and intercession. Why? Stuff happens!
Peace be unto you and yours,
Notes from the Staff @The Woods