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With New Testament Eyes: 47 - I Know that my Redeemer Liveth

By Henry Mahan


      Job 19:21-27

      Suppose I took you to a fine home in the suburbs, beautifully landscaped, the mother in the kitchen preparing the evening meal, healthy children playing in the yard, and the father returns home with the news that he has been promoted and given a raise. As they all gather about the table that evening to give thanks and the father says, 'The hand of God hath touched me,' you would probably agree with him. But here in Job is a true believer whom God called, 'my servant, one that feareth God and shuns evil,' who was once wealthy but is now poor, once healthy but now sick, once powerful and influential but now alone and deserted (Job 19:9-20), and he says, 'The hand of God hath touched me.' He did not say Satan hath touched me, but he declared, 'God hath touched me.'

      This is a mystery that natural men do not understand, only those who have been touched first in regeneration by God (1 Cor. 2:7-14). In the natural world the way up is up, but in the spiritual world the way up is down. 'He that humbleth himself shall be exalted' (Luke 14:11). In the natural world, to live is to live; but in the spiritual world the way to live is to DIE (Matt. 10:39). In the natural world men find satisfaction in their own strength; but Paul declared, 'When I am weak then am I strong' (2 Cor. 12:10). The greatest thing God can do for a person (whatever the cost) is to show him in heart and soul the vanity of all things in this world (Eccles. 1:2, 14) and to turn his interest, affection, love, and concern from the world to Christ (Matt. 5:3- 12) . To be full is to be emptied of self, to be wise is to become a fool for Christ's sake, to be clothed is to be stripped, to receive is to give, to reign is to serve, and to be rich is to become poor.

      This was Job's experience. He knew what it was to possess all that the world can afford, then he felt the full impact of watching it all fade away and being reduced to ashes! With everything gone, in the dust, at the bottom, with no place to hide and no arm to lean upon, he rejoices in the sinner's only hope-- his redeemer! (Psalm 73:25). Several things stand out in Job's testimony concerning Christ, our Redeemer.

      1. Job had absolute certainty in an uncertain world

      He could say, 'I know that my Redeemer liveth.' Like Abraham, Job believed God's word. 'All flesh is grass and all the glory thereof is as the flower of the field, but the word of our God shall stand forever' (Isa. 40:6-8). There is nothing certain in this world but its destruction; but we know that God is, that God is in Christ, and that God is in Christ reconciling us to himself (1 John 5:20).

      2. Job had a true friend among false friends

      'I know that my Redeemer liveth. This is the word that stands out from all the rest. There is no name of the Messiah which is more significant, more comprehensive, nor more endearing than Redeemer. The word signifies 'a near kinsman who has the right to redeem.' This is what the book of Ruth is all about--the kinsman Redeemer! He has the right to redeem, being a near kinsman; he has the will to redeem because he loves; he has the price to redeem.

      This is what Job is saying about our Lord Jesus Christ.

      1. He has the right to redeem in that he took our flesh and was numbered with the transgressors.

      2. He has the will to redeem, for he loves us with an everlasting love.

      3. He paid the full price with his own blood (1 Peter 1:18-19).

      3. Job had the promise of life eternal even in a land of death 'I know that my Redeemer liveth.' Our Redeemer was then living: for he is the same yesterday, today, and forever. 'He was in the beginning with God' (John 1:1).

      Our Redeemer liveth because he is the life (John 1:4; John 14:6).

      Our Redeemer died and rose again and lives forever (Rev. 1:17-18). Because he lives we shall live also, for he is 'the resurrection and the life.'

      4. Job had the promise of victory over the grave and a real inheritance on the real earth

      v. 25. He shall stand on the earth. He once walked this earth as our representative and sin-offering. He will come again and stand upon the new earth, and we shall stand with him (John 14:1-3).

      v. 26. 'Though I shall die,' Job declared, and this body shall go back to dust, yet I shall rise from the grave and I shall see him in his glory as one of his redeemed ones' (1 John 3:1-3).

      v. 27. Job expected to be raised from the grave himself and with a glorified body live forever with his Redeemer (1 Cor. 15:50- 57).

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See Also:
   Foreward & Acknowledgements
   1 - The Fall
   2 - Abel's Offering
   3 - The Ark Of Noah
   4 - Sarah and Hagar; Law and Grace
   5 - The Lord Will Provide
   6 - A Bride for the Heir
   7 - Bethel - The House of God
   8 - Peniel - The Face of God
   9 - Joseph Opens the Storehouses
   10 - Joseph and His Brothers
   11 - Shiloh
   12 - The Passover
   13 - The Manna
   14 - Water from the rock
   15 - The Blood Before the Lord
   16 - The Ram of Consecration
   17 - The Day of Atonement
   18 - Caleb - The Faithful Dog
   19 - The High Priest Intercedes
   20 - The Brazen Serpent
   21 - A Prophet Like Moses
   22 - The Cities of Refuge
   23 - Joshua
   24 - The Scarlet Line in the Window
   25 - The birth of Samson
   26 - The Kinsman Redeemer
   27 - The Song of Hannah
   28 - Give us a King
   29 - Saul's Great Sin
   30 - David and Mephibosheth
   31 - Why God Permitted David to Fall
   32 - Comfort from God's Covenant
   33 - I Will Not Offer to God that which Cost me Nothing
   34 - The Queen of Sheba Comes to Solomon
   35 - Three Examples of Faith
   36 - Where is the Lord God of Elijah?
   37 - Empty Vessels Filled
   38 - Naaman, the Leper
   39 - Open his Eyes that He may See
   40 - Four Lepers Teach us a Lesson
   41 - Nehushtan--A Piece of Brass
   42 - Bringing Back the Ark
   43 - Uzziah's Great Transgression
   44 - Four Things Learned in Trouble
   45 - How Can Man be Just With God?
   46 - Three Vital Questions
   47 - I Know that my Redeemer Liveth
   48 - Now Mine Eye Seeth Thee
   49 - The Psalm of Messiah the King
   50 - God's two great books
   51 - The Psalm of the Cross
   52 - The Lord is my Shepherd
   53 - True God - True Israel - True Redeemer
   54 - Eight Great Precepts
   55 - My Hope is in Thee
   56 - Many, O Lord, Are Thy Wonderful Works
   57 - A Song of Love
   58 - The Sinner's Prayer
   59 - My Rock and my Salvation
   60 - Our Lord's Sufferings for Our Sins
   61 - Mercy and Truth are Met Together
   62 - The Victory of the Messiah
   63 - Bless the Lord, O my Soul
   64 - Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So
   65 - The King-Priest
   66 - The Chief Cornerstone
   67 - The Observer and the Observed
   68 - Praise the Lord O my Soul
   69 - Wisdom in Christ
   70 - The Conclusion of the Whole Matter
   71 - Remember Now Thy Creator
   72 - My Beloved is Mine and I am His
   73 - What is Thy Beloved more than Another Beloved?
   74 - The Lord Our Righteousness
   75 - The Believers Hope
   76 - From Nothing to Everything
   77 - Lost, Driven Away, Broken, Sick
   78 - Can These Bones Live?
   79 - Four Things God Taught Nebuchadnezzar
   80 - Thy God Will Deliver Thee
   81 - Hosea--Type of Christ
   82 - A Famine to be Feared
   83 - Salvation is of the Lord
   84 - A Fountain Opened for Mourners
   85 - The Messenger of the Covenant

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