“If there is a messenger for him, a mediator, one among a thousand, to show man His uprightness. Then He is gracious to him and says, ‘deliver him from going down to the pit; I have found a ransom.’ “ – Job 33:23-24
These words were spoken by a young man named Elihu to Job and Job’s accusing friends. Elihu was a young man who enters the scene in Job’s life in Job 32. He says that he has been sitting back watching and listening closely to both sides of the argument between Job and his friends. During the time he sat back and listened, he discovered that both sides were wrong and he became angry because none of them were looking to God. They were leaning on their own opinions and understanding. Although Elihu misjudges the situation in some places, he does make some valid spiritual points.
Elihu becomes tired of the hypocrisy, lies and accusations. He did not want to speak because he was respectful of his elders but could not take it any longer, he had to speak up. Elihu would go on to say that just because people have many years, does not mean they are always wiser and always right. That is a good lesson for all of us, we must remain teachable.
Elihu says he is at the point that he is “full of words” and that “the spirit within him, compels him.” After a long period of time of watching and listening, he could not sit back anymore. And what was his message when he opened his mouth? That God is gracious and sends messengers to proclaim Him to others to spare them from the “Pit” of hell. He says he found a ransom; a payment demanded for the release of a prisoner!
Elihu goes on to say that the messenger says, “I have sinned and perverted what was right, and it did not profit me. He will redeem his soul from going down to the Pit, and his life shall see the light” (Vs 27-28). What was he saying? He was saying, “There must be repentance before restoration.” The bible tells us our souls are imprisoned until set free. Jesus died on the cross as a ransom for all of us. He paid the price! But you cannot have restoration without repentance. Others will not know of Jesus, who paid the price, if they are never told or invited to receive Him.
As Christ followers, we should have that compelling desire within us to share Jesus with others. If we do not, we should be concerned. Maybe our walk with Christ is not where it needs to be. We chase after careers and our retirement plans and yet we really only have one “job” to do, share Christ with others! How have we been doing with that responsibility?
We need to sit back and look around, like Elihu did, and observe what is happening around us. Are we not messengers sent to deliver our fellow man from the pit of hell? Does that not burn within you? Does that not weigh on your soul, that others may go to hell and you have the way out? When was the last time any of us have shared Jesus with anyone? I pray we all examine our lives today and truly find out who we are serving. Are we still living for the things of the world or are we living for our Lord Jesus Christ?
“Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.” – Proverbs 24:11