Reading Job 15 – 28 for today February 04, 2020 we find many words of Job’s confidence in the Lord.
“For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” 19:25-27
To me that statement is probably the strongest statement of faith that Job has made thus far. “I know that my redeemer liveth…” Even though we may question God in our pain and grief, those questions are a statement that we believe God and are trusting Him. If we did not would we be calling out to Him. I think not.
That redeemer that lives is Jesus the Christ, Son of the living God. He is the One on whom Job believed, trusted and confided in. No Jesus the babe in a manger had not yet been born, but here is another manifestation of the presence and glory of Christ even in the Old Testament. He is LORD.
Confidence is a good thing to have. Confidence is defined in The Mirriam/Webster Dictionary as, “Trust, reliance”; 2. SELF ASSURANCE, BOLDNESS; 3. a state of trust or intimacy”. Job had confidence in God, His word, and in this test, that he was in the right with God, and no one was going to change his mind. Not his three friends. Not the young man who comes on the scene later [Elihu]; and it would almost sound as though, even God would have a hard time convincing Job of any wrong doing on his part.
There are only three characters who speak in these 14 chapters. Job’s speech following Eliphaz’s final address continues in chapter 24. In chapter 25 Bildad gives us a final speech of short duration. The friends have run out of steam it seems. The remaining chapters of discussion between Job and his three friends are taken by Job (26-31), and we see some words of wisdom and knowledge from his words; such as involving science;
“He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.” 26:7 (KJV)
I include this to show that his faith in God has not wavered, and that it was known at that time that the earth was not suspended by some guy holding the earth on his shoulders, standing on a turtle, swimming in some cosmic sea. Job even goes into some details about the clouds and rain in chapter 26; and the oceans of the world, and their boundaries. He attributes these things all to the hands of God. “But the thunder of His power who can understand?” (26:14b).
Job knows from whence all things come. He even attributes wisdom and knowledge as coming from God, the LORD. That wisdom is greater than “rubies” (28:18). He assures the reader that the fear of the Lord is wisdom,
“And unto man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.’” 28:28
For those who have eyes to see the LORD God Almighty, and His handiwork it is not difficult to see. Job was very confident in the Almighty and His power, His sovereignty, and in His work in creation, and by the above verses he was confident that one day he would stand before his Redeemer seeing God. He was believing in a bodily resurrection; “…Yet in my flesh shall I see God…” and is not a question, but a statement of faith.
God sent His Son Jesus as the perfect sacrifice for sin. He died on the cross as the perfect Redeemer; was buried, and He rose from the grave conquering sin, death, hell, and the grave. He forever lives, and because He lives you and I can have eternal life as well. Call on the name of Jesus Christ the Son of God who is God the Son.