My Redeemer Lives

Job 19:25 (NIV)

I know that 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!

Earlier in Chapter 18, his friends said that he was an evil man and described him as a person who does not know God.  At the beginning of Job 19, Job finally had enough of what his three friends said and stated that their words were tormenting him and crushing him with their accusations.  Job does on to rant on how God doesn’t answer him, how he is suffering, and goes on with all of the bad things that are going on.  Just as David would do, he rants and complains, but ends up nearing the end by praising God.

I know that my redeemer lives – there are various versions of songs based on this phrase. It is a very comforting and encouraging statement if you say it a few times or sing it a few times in the face of trials and struggles.  It gives hope when it doesn’t feel like there is hope.  The words of the song written by Fred A. Filmore is a great reminder that eternal life only comes from our redeemer and that we cannot do anything to achieve eternal life.  Job had great faith that after his body decays, he will see God with his own eyes.  Despite what his friends said about his destiny and why they think he was suffering, Job would not accept their words and was certain that his redeemer lives.

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