Tuesday, July 14, 2009
So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the Lord had told them, and the Lord accepted Job's prayer. Job 42:9
The Lord told Job's three "friends" that he was burning with anger against them because of what they had implied about him, the Lord, in their moralistic finger-pointing at Job. (As always, it was really about God.) Then he appointed Job their priest, to officiate over their repentance and to pray for them that the Lord would not deal with them according to their folly. And the Lord accepted Job's prayer.
The Lord included even the judgmental tormenters in his mercies. This too is part of "the perfect ending" in the final chapter of Job. It had to be there, for the glory of God's grace to offer hope to all.