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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"

There’s a question mark over when the book of Job was written. Some think it might be the first book ever written, even before the books of Moses. Others think it might have been written in the days of Abraham. We don’t know.

The book of Job both fascinates and frustrates me. It fascinates me because of its depth of understanding about everything from science facts to spiritual truths. It frustrates me because sometimes I get lost as to who is speaking when (so I have to look back) and because some of the “loving” advice from Job’s “friends” was so cruel.

One of the beauties of the book of Job is Job’s complete dependence on the sovereignty of God.

Job made statements that are some of the crown jewels of Scripture:
            1:21b, The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
            13:15, Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.
            From 16:19, My witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.
            19:25-27, 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.
            23:10-12, But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

In the face of suffering, much, much hope . . . in the LORD!

1 comment:

  1. Have you ever read Beyond Suffering: Discovering the Message of Job by Layton Talbert? I reviewed it here:

    Our church just went through a year-long study of Job. I have to admit I wasn't too excited when it was first announced. I understood the passages you mentioned and the first two and the last chapters, but got lost in the middle. But it was pretty good. Our pastor referred to this book a lot and I went through it twice during the series. It was very beneficial.


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