Ever since reading Job 33:24-26 my theology has simplified and become so clear… and as a result much more powerful.
It’s important to note that these words are said to Job by Elihu. God later rebukes Job’s friends but God does not rebuke Elihu.
Elihu is not mentioned in Job 2:11, in which Job’s friends are introduced, nor is he mentioned at all in the epilogue, 42:7-10, in which God expresses anger at Job’s friends.
But Elihu’s preface in chapter 32 indicates that he has been listening intently to the conversation between Job and the other three men.
He also admits his status as one who is not an elder (32:6-7.) As Elihu’s monologue reveals, his anger against the three older men was so strong he could not contain himself (32:2-4.) – Elihu (Job) Wikipedia
Here is what Elihu says in v24-26…
‘Spare them from going down to the pit;
That is not a reference to eternal hell, it’s a reference to the verses before where the person is suffering terribly in their bones and flesh.
Now listen to this next bit…
I have found a ransom for them—
Some versions say ransom and some say sacrifice… this is what Jesus Christ CAN BE to you…
25 let their flesh be renewed like a child’s;
let them be restored as in the days of their youth’—
26 then that person can pray to God and find favor with him,
they will see God’s face and shout for joy;
he will restore them to full well-being. – Job 33:24-26
And if you present Jesus Christ as a spotless sinless Lamb of God… what a profound restoration you can claim! Because of the full and complete sacrifice you are restored in every way.
Let’s confirm that this is the will of God… (Amplified version)
10 When You and He make His life an offering for sin [and He has risen from the dead, in time to come],
He shall see His [spiritual] offspring,
He shall prolong His days, and the will and pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see [the fruit] of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; – Is 53:10-11
Yes it is definitely the will of God that you present the Messiah (Jesus Christ) as an offering for sin. Yes it is His will that Job 33:24-26 be fulfilled in your life as you make Jesus Christ an offering/sacrifice for sin… and you claim and believe in His finished work of restoring your life from the pit.
RIP Mark, you did awesome work for out Lord and Savior. You brought many to him.