My Redeemer Lives!
Scripture reading for May 25th: Job 18-19
The fate of the wicked is something that man has often contemplated. In Job 18, Bildad the Shuhite summarized the thinking of his day about what would happen to those who died in wickedness. Bildad knew of the law of sowing and reaping, and men who sowed evil and would reap sudden judgment. His hope was to get Job to repent and avoid judgment.
Bildad believed that after death, the wicked would have their skin eaten off and be turned over to the “king of terrors”. Fire would reside in their tent and burning sulfur in their dwelling. (Job 18:12-15) The wicked person’s memory would be erased from the earth and none of his offspring would remain among the people. This would be the fate of those who refused to know or acknowledge God. By implication, Bildad thought that Job was such a man who had already lost his offspring from among men and was reaping a harvest of judgment.
Job had patiently endured these attacks ten times from his friend. (Job 19:3) He acknowledged that he had no answers from God and only rejection and scorn from his friends. In all of this, he begged for pity from his friends, but got none! Job longed to have his words written down. (Job 19:23-34) He got this prayer answered and many others!
Job then made one of the most famous statements of faith in all of Scripture. Out of the midst of this terrible trial, from inside him came revelation! “I know my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes–I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27) Job’s heart was burning for His Redeemer! He knew of God’s plan of resurrection and seeing this Redeemer face to face!
God sustains His people through revelation. Jesus Christ is the “Redeemer” that Job was longing for over 2000 years before He appeared on the earth as a man. He is the firstborn from the dead, the “Resurrected” one who promises resurrection life to all who trust in Him! He is coming again and we will see Him! Even if we die, we will be raised to life eternal and live with Him forever!