Job and the Atonement

Posted Mar 01, 2018 by Ruben Olschewsky in Presentation Notes
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How do we express the Gospel? “Good news”

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

Romans 1:16,17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Mark 1:1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;

Paul explains that Isaiah preached the Gospel;

Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

Job: God speaks about Job. Job 1:8.

What is the subject matter? The righteousness of Job (“there is none like him in all the earth”)


“A perfect man” meaning one in whom self is put to death


Jesus: Words from the Father Matt 3:17. Baptism (visible) water. Another Baptism was about to come for which His Father had prepared Him…. Baptism of fire (Luke 3:16 Baptize with fire)

What does baptism represent? Romans 6:3-4


Matt 4 (wilderness) what was the target of the attacks? “if thou be the son of God”

The name Job = “hated”

Job 30:18 Boils cause garment to stick to body.

Job 16:7,8 desolate of company, wrinkles are a witness and leanness bears witness to face

Job19:14-20 despised and rejected

We see in Job a parallel.

Isaiah 53:2,3 no comeliness, no beauty that we should desire him, despised and rejected of men, man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.

Christ’s  life was a life of self denial.

Source of his trials are based on the identity given him of God

(Eliphaz)Job 4:7,8; 15:1-6; 22:5-9 iniquity great

(Bildad) Job 8:6;

(Zophar) Job 11:3-6

(elihu) Job 32:2,8-12

Matthew 4 the Source of His trials are based upon the identity given Him of the Father

Matthew 4:3, 6, 9 if thou are son of God

John10:29-36 blasphemy because son of god

John 5:18 jews sought to kill because son of god



Job is considered to be stricken of God for his apparent sins

Job 4:7

Isaiah 53:4 did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God.

DA 471.1 (read below)


It was generally believed by the Jews that sin is punished in this life. Every affliction was regarded as the penalty of some wrongdoing, either of the sufferer himself or of his parents (John 9:1,2 “did this man sin or his parents?”). It is true that all suffering results from the transgression of God’s law, but this truth had become perverted. Satan, the author of sin and all its results, had led men to look upon disease and death as proceeding from God,—as punishment arbitrarily inflicted on account of sin. Hence one upon whom some great affliction or calamity had fallen had the additional burden of being regarded as a great sinner. { DA 471.1}


Job says the following:

Job 12:2 No doubt but ye are the people, and wisdom shall die with you.

Who is wisdom? 1 Cor 1:30

Job’s expression; Job 30:9-20 (his sufferings)

Those opposed are “all wisemen” Job 15:7-10

Smitten of God (german luther 1912 = “martyred”). But who actually killed him? John 19:6 (“….crucify Him crucify Him….”

Acts 2:36 (Peter speaking; “….. whom ye crucified…”

Heb 6:6

Job 16:9-17 Messianic verses


Isaiah 53:5 wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities.


Wounded = “pierced” Ps 109:22

Bruised = “crushed”

Job is placed as a mediator between God and Job’s three friends in order for them to receive pardon that they may not be judge “after their folly” (in other words, that they be not judged as they judged God) Job 42:8

Christ prayed for forgiveness to those who were crucifying Him “Father forgive them…”

Job 19:2, 6-20 The enumerated sufferings of Job (messianic verses) focus verse7-9


Job 30:20-22 “I cry unto thee and thou doest not hear me…”



Isaiah 53: 6–9 everything Christ suffered was because of the final words expressed in this chapter.

 These final verses outline the last moments of Christ’s ministry which was the focus of His life. A life of self denial, willing to give His life, which ultimately led to the giving of His life.

Ps 22:1-3

Matthew 27:46

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Isaiah 59:2)

Job 13:15 “though he slay me…..”


Job 23:10 “when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold…”


Job 19:25-28 “I know that my redeemer liveth…..” highlight the root cause is with me!!!

Psalms 31:5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.


Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.


The focus in the book of Job;


  1. Penalty for Sin. What must I DO to receive salvation. Must I offer some sacrifice to appease? What does Job say?

Job 23:3-6 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me. Notice that Job mentions NOTHING of sacrifice!!!! Come to the seat (bosom) of power and be strengthened. Is this not the Gospel?


      2.   Revelation of the character of God in the ministry of Job. Job reveals that God is no respecter persons (but this does not mean that He does not care), That God's laws are not arbitrary and that He is Agape and not Eros.


     3.   Atonement: in that a mortal is willing to serve God in the face of death (which is Christ in you the hope of glory) unification/reconciliation of man to God.

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.(The heart of self sacrificing is by Christ Alone.)


Patterns (operate like a signature or tools to help explain a framework)

ie. Divine pattern as expressed in 1 Cor 8:6 is magnified in Romans 1:20

     3+1 (diverse from others) this pattern is expressed in a variety of ways of which I will share just a few to hopefully express my thoughts. this pattern can be expressed a number of ways;

In the book of Job:

- 1. eliphaz + 2. bildad + 3. Zophar = 3 + Elihu (who is different from the restin that his theology is diverse from that of his friends)

What is the book of Job about?

  • revelation of the character of God
  •  penalty for sin
  • the atonement

Expansion of this pattern in the Scriptures

in the book of Daniel;

  • Daniel 7 Lion + Bear + Leopard          followed by beast diverse/ different from the rest (the diverse beast becomes Abomination of Desolation- a form of paganism with a Christian garb)
  • Daniel chapters 2 + 7 + 8 then chapter 11 is diverse from the previous 3 (literal prophecy)
  • (Daniel 3)         3 jews + one diverse from the Rest (son of God) (example of atonement as Christ in the three jews is willing to face death for character of God)
  • (Daniel 4)        This part of the pattern becomes more evident once the later examples are understood. 7 times come over Nebuchadnezzar (which is 2 x 3½). This chapter reveals the gentle loving patience of our Father with a pagan King to win him to the kingdom
  • (Daniel 5)        Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin (these writings, when translated into weights will produce 1260 gerahs, a numerical expression of 3.5 ) God had borne long with Belshazzar and mercy still pleaded for him.
  • (Daniel 6)        3 presidents over the realm and one (Daniel) above them all and diverse from them for He worshipped the true God and faced death because of it
  • (Daniel 7 + 12)  time + times             dividing of times =3 ½ years prophetically

                        This is also expressed as 1260 days or years (Revelation 11:3, 12:6)

                        Also expressed in forty and two months (Revelation 11:2; 13:5)

  • 1260 is an expression of a cycle of mercy with God. He allows events to play out in order to gather His seed which have been scattered


In the new testament;

  • 1. Matthew, 2. Mark, 3. Luke and  4. John is diverse from the others
  • Christ’s ministry 3 + ½ years (or 1260) days  (after this another 1260 days and Stephen is stoned while his face glorifies God)
  • Generations from Abraham to Christ 42 generations. Genesis 11 gives an approximate length for a generation as 30 years. Thus, symbolically, a pattern exists from Abraham (the Father of the faithful Galatians 3:29) to Jesus depicting the number 1260. God’s character revealed in the calling of Abraham to the final call of Abraham’s descendants
  • (revelation)  3 Angels messages followed by the Angel of Revelation 18

Many more examples such as these still exist in the scriptures which reveal the same message. the purpose of expressing this pattern is not for sensationalism but to reveal just how connected the scriptures are and how much our Father repeats Himself and expands these principles that His children may study and understand His desire for each of us.

The love and honor and perfection revealed in the Gospel are a revelation to man of the character of God. The justice and goodness and benevolence that were seen in the character of Christ are to be repeated in the lives of those who accept the privileges of the Gospel. By a study of the word, we are to see Him as He is, and, charmed with the view of His divine perfection, we are to grow into the same image. We need to understand that the Gospel fully reveals the glory of the Lord. It is the mirror that reveals the character of God to the converted soul. The likeness of God is revealed in the perfect character of His Son, that we may understand what it means to be made in the likeness of the image of God, and what we may become if by constantly beholding we allow ourselves to be changed from “glory to glory.” {ST February 24, 1909, par. 3}

It is our privilege, by an earnest study of the word, to learn wherein we are not manifesting the principles of that word in our lives. And as the mirror reveals to us our defects, we are to seek by earnest prayer and faith to put them away. As we strive to meet the perfection that God requires, insensibly to us the human will become molded to the divine. Christ’s nature will be revealed in human nature; the words will become gentle and courteous, the ways kind and helpful. Tho we may be largely unconscious of the change, yet the transformation is being surely wrought. Beholding day by day the glory of the Lord, we are molded into conformity to His Spirit and will. {ST February 24, 1909, par. 4}