FROM THE BOOK OF JOB

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        THE CRUCIFIXION--all according to the Book of Job 

There are many verses in the Book of Job that reflect Jesus. If there were only one or two, we could dismiss them as  a coincidence,  but when there are so very many, never.   The following verses will tear at your heart as you read about Jesus' terrible physical pain, the flood of blinding tears, and the mental anguish caused by the unexplained "forsaken" by God.  To prepare yourself for these scriptures, listen to what Smith's Bible Dictionary says about a crucifixion (Cp. Jesus the Christ, pgs.667 and 668.)

"Arrived at the place of execution, the sufferer was stripped naked, the dress being the prerequisite of the soldiers (Matt. 27:35). The cross was then driven into the ground, so that the feet of the condemned were a foot or two above the earth, and he was lifted upon it; or else stretched upon it on the ground and then lifted with it.. . . Death . . . was at last the result of gradual benumbing and starvation. . . . death resulted, not from the infliction of mortal wounds, but from internal congestion, inflammation, organic disturbances, and consequent exhaustion of vital energy."

Remember that Jesus suffered terribly in the garden. Some even believe he sweat drops of blood there, suffering for our sins. In addition, he also lost blood and body fluids from the scourging which followed, which usually was so vicious that many victims died before they ever got to the cross. Because of this, we can be sure Jesus was in terrible physical condition before he got to the cross. As you read these verses, visualize Jesus while he was on the cross. All  are  from the Book of Job and have been re-arranged in chronological order in an effort to be more clear.

Job 6:27  You would even cast lots over an orphan,
or barter away your friend. (Hebrew Translation)
The guards cast lots over his cloths,
and he could be considered an orphan since he had no earthly father.
Judas, a friend, "bartered" him away for thirty pieces of silver.
Job 12:17 They cause him to go naked without clothing.
 (The victim of a crucifixion was customarily stripped naked.)
Job 24:10 He (God) leads counselors away stripped
    (Jesus was and is our counselor.)
Job 30:12 Upon my right hand rise the youth
    (young soldiers who will drive nails into his hands);
 they entangle my feet, (Hebrew Bible).  (With nails.) 
 and raise up against me the ways of their destruction
  (The cross was the Roman way of destruction;
   it was against his back when it was raised up.)
Job 3:25  For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me.
(i.e., His crucifixion and death. He knew it was coming.)
Job 13:27 Thou puttest my feet also into stocks,
(He likened his feet being nailed down to having them confined in stocks.)
and lookest narrowly unto all my paths
(They leave him with no path, being totally confined.)
thou settest a print upon the heels of my feet.
(They put nails through his feet, making holes in his heels.)
Job 6:4   For the arrows of the Almighty are within me,
. . .the terrors of God, do set themselves in array against me.
(The arrows, or the terrors of God, are the nails in his hands and feet.)
Job 14:16 For thou numberest my steps
(Being nailed down, his steps are limited to zero.)
(He likens himself to be caught in a trap, a snare or a gin.)
Job 18:8  For he is cast into the net (caught) by his own feet,
. . .the Gin (trap) shall take him by the heel.
Job 18:11 . . .and shall drive him to his feet
(This trap drives him to his feet to get a breath of air.
The victim needs to raise up on his feet to breath.
Suffocation usually is what kills the victims of crucifixion.
Job 22:10 Therefore snares are all around thee;
(He is snared by his left hand, by his right hand, and even by his feet.)
Job 30:22 Thou liftest me up to the wind;
thou causest me to ride upon it,
(He rode the wind like clothes on a clothes line.)
Job 16:12 . . . he set me up as his target, (Hebrew Bible)
(He was hung up like a target, pinned by the "iron arrows" .cp Lam 3:12,13)
Job 34:8  What man is like Job,
. . .and walketh with wicked men?
(He "walks,"  between two thieves.)
Job 30:9  Now I am the butt of their jibes:
yea, I am their byword.
(He is mocked as the King of the Jews.)
Job 30:10 They abhor me, . . . and spare not to spit in my face.
Job 7:12  Am I [of] the sea, the monster of the deep,
that you put me under guard? (International Version)
(Roman guards insured that he would not be taken down before he died.)
Job 16:20 My friends scorn me:
(He is abandoned by everyone.)
but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.
Job 19:19 All my inward friends abhorred me:
and they whom I loved are turned against me.
Job 31:22 Then let my arm fall from my shoulder blade.
And let my arm be broken from my socket.
(The pain is so great that he would prefer to lose his arms.
How could this apply to Job?)
Job 18:16 his roots shall be dried up beneath (meaning his legs)
and above shall his branches wither. (meaning his arms)
6:12  Is my strength the strength of stone?
or is my flesh of brass?
(Is my flesh like that of a stone or brass statue that I can endure this?)
Job 16:16 My face is foul with weeping,
Job 17:7   My eye has grown dim from grief,
and all my members (limbs) are like a shadow.
Job 5:14  They [the spectators] meet with darkness in the daytime,
and grope in the noonday as in the night.
(There was 3 hours of darkness, from noon till 3:00 p.m.)
Job 22:10 Therefore snares are round about thee
. . . or darkness, that thou canst not see;
and abundance of waters cover thee.
(Because he was unable to wipe his eyes, the tears hinder his sight)
Job 33:21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen;
and his bones that were not seen (before) stick out.
Job Job 16:8  And he has shriveled me up,
. . .and my leanness has risen up against me,
it testifies to my face.
(His head hangs down; he is unable to lift it,
so his emaciated body is before his eyes.)
Job 24:12 . . .And the soul of the wounded crieth out:
( . . .And the soul of the wounded said:)
yet God layeth not folly to them.
(Yet God, forgive them, for they know not what they do.)
Job 24-11 . . . and suffer thirst,
(He is thirsty; "My strength is dried up like a potsherd;
and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws:
and thou hast brought me into the dust of death." Psalm 22:15.)
Job 6:7    The things that my soul refused to touch
are as my sorrowful meat. (Hebrew Bible)
(drugs and vinegar but also cruelty, injustice and unwarranted hate.)
Job 10:15 . . .I cannot lift up my head,
and (so) look upon my affliction
(With his head drooping, his view is of his own afflicted body.) (RV)
Job 30:20 I cry unto thee, but thou dost not hear:
I stand, but thou regardest me not.
("I cry unto thee," "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me.")
Job 18:12 His strength is hungerbitten,
and destruction shall be ready at his side. (a spear)
Job 18:13 It shall devour the strength of his skin . . .
(It shall destroy what is left of the integrity of his skin.)
20:24 He shall flee from the iron weapon,
and the bow of steel shall strike him through.
20:25 It is drawn; and cometh out of his body;
Job 19:10 He hath destroyed me on every side and I am gone:
(A play on words, with a spear thrust into his side,
 and his hands and feet nailed down.)
Job 31:35 O that I had someone to give me a hearing;
. . .or my accuser draw up a true bill.
(A true bill would be clean and pure white with no crimes listed.)
Job 31:36 I would carry it on my shoulder; (the true bill.)
(He would wear it like a temple robe);
or tie it around me for a wreath.
(like a temple sash)
Job 31:37 . . .offer it as to a commander.
            (clean and white--to God).
Job 31:40 The words of Job are at an end.
("It is finished")
Job 17:11 my days are done, (Hebrew Bible)
my tendons severed, the strings of my heart.
(Most scholars are convinced that he died of a broken heart.)
Job 21:32 Yet shall he be brought to the grave,
while a watch is kept at his tomb. Hebrew Bible
Job 20:11 His bones, still full of vigor,
shall lie down with him in the dust. Hebrew Bible
(His bones will be intact, not broken, when he goes to his tomb.)   



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