It came about after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends, because you have not spoken of Me what is right as My servant Job has. Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to My servant Job, and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves, and My servant Job will pray for you. For I will accept him so that I may not do with you according to your folly, because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.” [Job 42:7-8]
Throughout the book of Job, we see Job’s friends making condemning remarks on Job, and Job defending himself from their remarks. Basically they saw themselves as correct, and Job in the wrong. However when the LORD spoke, it was clear that the LORD was displeased with the 3 old men, Elihu was spared, and Job was found acceptable. The 3 were to make atonement by burnt offerings, and had Job to pray for them, in order that the LORD might forgive them.
Like the 3, we sometimes see ourselves as correct but it might not be the case. We also see here the mercy the LORD showed them, and a picture of Christ. Job was a type of Christ; Christ sacrificed Himself on the cross for us, and also interceded for us. In this case, Job was the intercessor. Matthew Henry wrote in his commentary that “we should aim in all our prayers and services, to be accepted of the LORD”. And that is the most important lesson from the above 2 verses. We must, however, remember that Christ is the reason we can be acceptable to the LORD, not our works.