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Echoes of Job and Jesus, from Uganda

15 January, 2010

Scott and Jennifer Myhre are missionary doctors in Bundibugyo, Uganda, who keep up a journal of their lives at paradoxuganda. My wife consistently follows their story. I thought this recent post from them was really good.

They speak about the power and comfort of the book of Job during their often trying and difficult medical and missionary work in Bundibugyo and elsewhere. Insightfully, they hear the clear echo of Job’s suffering in our own sufferings (even if ours are usually quite a bit less dramatic, if no less disheartening), and Job’s persistent faith as an encouragement for our faith amid trials.

Most importantly, they point out the echoes of Job’s ‘suffering servanthood’ ultimately fulfilled in Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane: “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not my will, but yours be done” (Matt 26:39, 42). Jesus prayed this prayer twice in the garden, and both times it was in the context of his disciples’ failure to watch and pray. The cup did not pass from Jesus. He willingly drank it to the dregs, to the death, and conquered death on behalf of all of us — even though we are weak and unfaithful. He taught us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matt 5:13), while he was delivered over to evil in order that we would not be, that we would be delivered through him.

It is through Jesus’ ‘becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross’ (Phil 2:8)  that we have been given the Spirit of adoption, enabling us to cry out to God, and to endure suffering (or to enjoy blessing) in faith. In Christ we find mercy and receive grace to help in time of need (Heb 4:16). This is what enabled Job to persevere, and this is what enables us to persevere. Like Job, we know that our Redeemer lives. He will put all things right; he will freely save, body and soul. (Job 19:25-27).

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  1. habasar permalink
    20 January, 2010 5:59 pm

    Yes, Yes, Yes. When it comes to scriptures of the prophets, the Old Testament, or the Tanach, the most important thing to be said is as you say, “Most importantly, they point out the echoes of Job’s ’suffering servanthood’ ultimately fulfilled in Jesus”. All the Tanach prophesies of Yeshua. “The Law and Prophets prophesy until Yohan.” “Search ye the Tanach for in them you think you have eternal life, it is they that testify of Me.” “The Spirit of Prophecy is the testimony of Yeshua”, and the testimony of Yeshua is the Mashiach died for our sins according to the Tanach, He was buried and He rose again the third day according to the Tanach. The Tanach is not about David, it is about Yeshua ha Mashiach. It is not about Yob, it is about Yeshua. It is not about us, it is about Yeshua. Amen, Amen. Amen.

    Daniel

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