Job’s Cry: I Know My Redeemer Lives (Job 19:1 – 20:29)

Job again recoils against his critical, blaming friends, and then turns his attention to God, identifying Him as the source of Job’s trouble.  He says that God has attacked him and taken things from him.  He says that all people are repulsed by him, and he is the target of ridicule.  However, Job then wishes for his words to be inscribed in a book and engraved on a rock, forever!  Here are his next, immortal words:

25 For I know that my Redeemer lives,

And He shall stand at last on the earth;

26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know,

That in my flesh I shall see God,

27 Whom I shall see for myself,

And my eyes shall behold, and not another.

Then Zophar gives a sermon on the plight of wicked men, again.

Job cries out against his friends, God, and others who find him abhorrent, but with one caveat: although he believes he will die soon, and go down to the grave and decay, he still expressed his trust in God and His ability to bring him forth in resurrection.  Even when our bodies are racked with disease or pain, even when death threatens, Christians can trust God that this life is just the temporary part of our existence.  The part of our being that will touch eternity will never die.  Invest in that side.  Trust in the eternal God.  Be encouraged, this pain is but for a moment!

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