“25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;” Job 19:25
Do you remember going to the arcade as a child? Remember playing the Skee Ball game? The tickets would come rolling out after getting a high enough score. How happy you were collecting all of those tickets? By the end of the day, you would have a huge bundle to tickets. And you could not wait to “cash” them in for a big prize you had your eye on since you entered the arcade. You would redeem your tickets at the counter and the attendant would hand you your prize. Didn’t that feel so awesome when you received that gift? There is something that is even better than that feeling that you had.
Job was at the lowest point in his life. He had just endured spirit breaking trials. He had lost nearly everything including his children, servants, health, property, and livestock. His friends had turned on him and accused him of sinning against the Lord. Although Job was at his greatest point of despair, his faith was at the highest mountain peak when he declared “For I know that my Redeemer lives…” Job knew that the Lord would be his Redeemer, his ga’al in Hebrew. The Lord promised all throughout scripture that He would be the Redeemer:
Exodus 6:6 “…and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm…”
Psalm 19:14 “…O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
Psalm 72:14 “He will redeem their life from oppression and violence.”
Isaiah 47:4 “As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name, The Holy One of Israel.”
Isaiah 49:26 “…That I, the Lord, am your Savior, And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Jeremiah 50:34 “Their Redeemer is strong:”
Job realized that he had to shift his focus off of himself and onto the only one who could help him. In his time of misery and suffering, Job had the faith to understand that the Lord God of Israel would redeem and restore him.
What is even better, is that today we have the revelation of the New Testament. The work of Christ Jesus on the cross was sufficient. Jesus paid the price for our sin in His righteous blood. Since the price was paid in full, Jesus redeemed us who are all sinners. Because we have a redeemer in Christ, we need to be like Job. When we are going through out most difficult trials and tests, we need to place our faith in Jesus. We can’t just wallow in our misery and say “poor me.” At those times in our life when we are weakest, our faith in our Lord and Savior needs to be the strongest. Then, all glory will be given to the One who deserves it most, Jesus Christ.
Fellow Bondservant in Christ - Daryl Kas