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Then that person can pray to God and find favor with him, they will see God’s face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being.
These are the words of Elihu. This young man had stood by and watched for days as Job’s three friends had interrogated him and thrust blame upon him, and finally, the young man could take it no longer. He stepped up to speak and said he had waited because he felt he was too young to speak, but now he wanted to speak for God and help Job acknowledge that God does all things well. He used the illustration of a man in deep despair, and because of physical sickness, he was on the brink of death. But at that moment, an angel was sent to him, and the angel helped him see the face of God. The man was filled with such joy that he repented of his sin, and God forgave him. Even though this was an illustration, it informs us that there was an “Old Testament Salvation in that day.”
I’m only saying this because Job is believed to be the oldest book in the Bible. It was probably written somewhere between Noah and Abraham, and because of this, Israel is not mentioned. Neither is Old Testament Law mentioned. Without animal sacrifice, how could a person find forgiveness? This is a beautiful truth that thousands of years before Peter made the claim, “God is not willing that any should perish,” the Lord had made a way whereby a man or woman who was remorseful and repentant of sin could be saved. God has never waited for humans to find Him. Instead, He has always been our pursuer. Remember, God has never been lost. I’m thankful that long before the Law, there was already an “Old Testament Salvation.”
I’m so grateful this AM that you have always been the one who has pursued us mortals. If you hadn’t, we would be in a complete mess. Only You have made way for our eternal salvation. I am so thankful, my Lord. Amen
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