In Job 42 Job speaks beginning in verse 1 through 6. Job confesses that he talked about things too awe full to understand. Next, Job says, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you,” verse 5. Finally, Job repents but does not say what he repents of. Maybe it is not being awed by God’s handiwork? Is it questioning God? He definitely accused God because God says he did.
Verse 5 has been an anchor verse for me for many years – Job knew about God but now he has seen God face to face. Now here’s where some controversy may be stirred up and we are told to avoid it so let me explain my thinking before anyone flips out.
In Exodus Moses is talking with God and God tells him that no man can see the face of God and live, Exodus 33:20. But there are examples of times when people spoke with the angel of the Lord. These are just a few: Gideon in Judges 6:11-23; Abraham in Genesis 18:2 and 22:11; Hagar in Genesis 16:7 and 21:17.
Jesus is fully God and fully man – God come to earth and put on flesh, John 1:14 – Immanuel means God with us, Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23. So, perhaps Job saw Jesus. We know God is 3 in one – God who is Jehovah or Yahweh, Jesus Christ the Messiah, and the Holy Spirit. We also know that Job believed in Jesus and that those who believe are new creations so maybe Job is no longer a man but a new creation. I do not know. I only know the Bible, which is God’s word, says Job said his eyes saw God. Maybe Job did not see God’s face. Maybe Job was a new creation just as current believers become a new creation. In that case, he would no longer be a man, 2 Corinthians 5:17.
The hope? Seeing God, being in God’s presence changed Job and has changed me. The promise is that God will continue changing us: 2 Corinthians 4:16.