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                                      "I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVETH"


                                                              JOB 19:23-27


INTRODUCTION:

          GOD HUMILIATED JOB, VERSES 8-12, HIS FRIENDS AND RELATIVES HAVE ABANDONED HIM, VERSES 13-20, AND HE HAS BEEN REDUCED TO PLEADING FOR PITY, VERSES 21-22.

          BUT FROM THE DEPTHS OF DEGRADATION HE EXPRESSES THE CONFIDENCE THAT IF HIS CASE COULD ONLY BE RECORDED FOR POSTERITY, FUTURE GENERATIONS WOULD JUDGE HIM FAVORABLY, VERSES 23-24.  FURTHERMORE, HE KNOWS CONFIDENTLY THAT HE WAS A "REDEEMER" VERSE 25,HEBREW "GOEL".  ONE WHO WILL CHAMPION HIS CAUSE AND VINDICATE HIM.


          THE REDEEMER IS MORE THAN AN ARBITER, HEBREWS 9:15 OR A WITNESS, HEBREWS 9:24 BUT A KINSMAN-REDEEMER WHO WILL AVENGE HIM.  CLEARLY, JOB VIEWED GOD HIMSELF AS THE REDEEMER, AND THE HEBREW WORD IS IN FACT USED OFTEN OF GOD, PSALM 19:14; ISAIAH 41:14; ETC.


JOB 19:23-24, (23) "OH THAT MY WORDS WERE NOW WRITTEN" OH THAT THEY WERE PRINTED IN A BOOK!" (24) "THAT THEY WERE GRAVEN WITH AS IRON PEN AND LEAD IN THE ROCK FOR EVER!"

          SOMETHING WRITTEN ON A SCRAP OF PAPER IS OFTEN LOST.  SOMETHING PUBLISHED IN A BOOK MAY LAST LONGER.  BUT SOMETHING WRITTEN ON A ROCK MAY ENDURE, IT SEEMS FOREVER.

          THE VERSES, JOB 19:25-27, ARE MANIFESTLY MORE EMPHATIC THAN ANY HE HAS YET SPOKEN.  THOUGH THEY DO NOT STAND QUITE ALONE. THERE IS NO REASON WHY IT SHOULD NOT BE THESE  VERY WORDS WHICH HE DESIRES MORE THAN ANY OTHERS TO HAVE RECORDED.


          JOB WISHED THE CHARACTERS OF HIS RECORD  TO BE CUT DEEP INTO THE ROCK WITH AN IRON CHISEL, AND THE INCISION MADE TO BE FILLED UP WITH LEAD.

          IN A WAY, JOB'S WORDS HAVE BEEN "WRITTEN ON A ROCK" FOR THEY HAVE BEEN INSCRIBED IN THE BIBLE.  NOW, EVERYONE CAN KNOW WHAT EXTREMES OF SUFFERING A MAN OF  GOD MAY  HAVE TO GO THROUGH, AND STILL MAINTAIN HIS FAITH.


JOB 19:25-26, (25) "FOR I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER LIVETH, AND THAT HE SHALL STAND AT THE LATTER DAY UPON THE EARTH:" (26) "AND THOUGH AFTER MY SKIN WORMS DESTROY THIS BODY, YET IN MY FLESH SHALL I SEE GOD:"

          WE ARE NOT TOLD HOW JOB KNEW THIS, BUT IN HIS HEART, GOD PLACED THIS CONFIDENCE, ONE OF THE BIBLE'S MOST IMPORTANT TRIUMPHANT STATEMENTS OF FAITH.


          IN THIS VERSE JOB PAUSES A LITTLE FROM COMPLAINING AGAINST HIS FRIENDS, AND PERHAPS EVEN AGAINST GOD, TO ACKNOWLEDGE GOD AS HIS REDEEMER, EXODUS 6:6; PSALM 72:14.

          JOB'S VISION IS VIVID.   HE HAD LOOKED FOR A "DAYSMAN"; "A GO-BETWEEN", IF YOU WILL, WITH THE ABILITY TO "LAY HIS HAND UPON US BOTH", JOB 9:33. 

          NOW HE CATCH'S A VIEW (IF WE CAN BUT SEE IT), OF JESUS, WHO IS BOTH GOD AND MAN AND THEREFORE PERFECTLY QUALIFIED TO BE THE ONLY MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MAN, 1st TIMOTHY 2:5-6.


          THE BOOK OF JOB IS ONE OF THE OLDEST IN THE BIBLE.  A LONG TIME BEFORE THE 18th CENTURY COMPOSER.  YET HERE JOB REACHES OUT OF THE DEPTHS OF DESPAIR TO GRASP A TRUTH WHICH WILL YET FIND IT FULFILLMENT, FOR ALL OF GOD'S PEOPLE, WHEN JESUS, OUR KINSMAN REDEEMER, SHALL STAND "AT THE LATTER DAY" UPON THE EARTH.


          JOB WAS SAYING THOUGH THIS DISEASE KILLED HIS PRESENT BODY AND HE DIED, HE WOULD ARISE IN A NEW BODY TO MEET GOD..

          THIS PROPHET IS ON A ROLL.  JOB KNOWS HE IS GOING TO DIE, AND THAT AFTER DEATH HIS BODY SHALL FACE DECAY.  BUT HE APPEARS HERE TO ANTICIPATE HIS BODILY RESURRECTION.  FURTHER MORE, HE KNOWS THAT HE SHALL SEE GOD.


JOB 19:27 "WHOM SHALL SEE FOR MYSELF, AND MINE EYES SHALL BEHOLD, AND NOT ANOTHER; THROUGH MY REINS BE CONSUMED WITHIN ME."

          EVERY EYE SHALL SEE HIM.  JOB WAS LOOKING TO THAT GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY, WHEN WE SHALL ALL MEET GOD.  HE WAS NOT SPEAKING OF A VISION OR A DREAM. HE WAS SPEAKING OF REALITY.

          WE ARE ALL RESTRAINED AT PRESENT FROM SUCH AN ENCOUNTER.  THERE IS A DAY WHEN JOB AND ALL WHO BELIEVE, SHALL BEHOLD HIM.


          "AND MINE EYES SHALL BEHOLD, AND NOT ANOTHER": "NOT THE EYES OF ANOTHER."  I MYSELF, RETAINING MY PERSONAL IDENTITY, "THE SAME TRUE LIVING MAN," "SHALL WITH MY OWN EYES LOOK ON MY REDEEMER."


          THIS IS GOING TO BE A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. "I, EVEN I", SHALL SEE HIM; "MINE" EYES SHALL "BEHOLD" ---- LOOK UPON HIM.   "NOT ANOTHER".  NOT A STRANGER.

          EVEN THOUGH "MY REINS" BE CONSUMED "WITHIN ME."  "YET IN MY FLESH I SEE GOD", JOB 19:26


          CONCLUSION:


1st JOHN 3:2 "BELOVED, NOW ARE WE THE SONS OF GOD, AND IT DOTH NOT YET APPEAR WHAT WE SHALL BE: BUT WE KNOW THAT, WHEN HE SHALL APPEAR; WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM: FOR WE SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS."


          EVERYONE, WHO EXERCISES GENUINE SAVING FAITH BECOMES A CHILD OF GOD AT THE MOMENT OF BELIEF, JOHN 1:12; ROMANS 8:16; 2nd PETER 1:4.

          THOUGH THE TRULY HEAVENLY, DIVINE LIFE IN THAT PERSON, EPHESIANS 4:24;

COLOSSIANS 3:10, WILL NOT BE REVEALED UNTIL JESUS APPEARS.

          IN THE MEANTIME, THE HOLY SPIRIT IS WORKING INTO US THE IMAGE OF CHRIST.


          "WE SHALL BE LIKE HIM": WHEN CHRIST RETURNS HE SHALL CONFORM EVERY BELIEVER TO HIS IMAGE: "HIS NATURE".
.          THE GLORIOUS NATURE IF THAT CONFORMITY TO HIS LIKENESS DEFIES DESCRIPTION, BUT AS MUCH AS GLORIFIED HUMANITY CAN BE LIKE INCARNATE DEITY, BELIEVERS WILL BE WITHOUT BECOMING DEITY.

          AT JESUS' COMING WE SHALL BE SOMEHOW TRANSFORMED INTO HIS LIKENESS.  THIS PROCESS HAS ALREADY BEGUN IN THE BELIEVERS LIFE BY THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,

2nd CORINTHIANS 3:18.


          JOB SAW WHAT IS IN STORE OF BELIEVERS IN CHRIST.

          DO YOU HAVE THIS ASSURANCE TODAY?


          IF NOT, COME TO CHRIST, PLACE YOUR FAITH IN HIM AND ACCEPT HIM AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR TODAY.


     AMEN!