Saturday, 17 July 2021
“But I know that my Redeemer lives, and in the end He will stand upon the earth.” -Job 19:25
In the ebb and flow of life, the Book of Job stands as a witness to God’s sovereignty and man’s frailty. Our text today portrays the absolute helplessness of a man-Job, who is completely rejected by everyone he has known and loved, all the days of his earthly life. In
Vs.1-5: We see him pleading with his friends not to misunderstand him.
Vs.6-12: We read his deep anguish he experienced because of God’s silence to his cry.
Vs.13-16: We see his loneliness because of the rejection he faces from his close acquaintances.
Vs.17-19: We read how he’s loathed by the very ones who are his own.
Yet with all these words of sorrow uttered from his mouth, we suddenly see him rise above the gloom and despair as he states – BUT – a word that will now separate his experience from a TRUTH that can never be questioned.
What is that TRUTH that he relies on in the face of his deep tragedy? Job trusts in a Redeemer who lives! (V.25) You suddenly see a hope that is birthed in him (though feeling abandoned), leading to a confident proclamation, that one day his Redeemer will deliver him and vindicate his honour.
Who is a Redeemer in the Bible? A Redeemer is a person who, as the nearest relative of another, is charged with the duty of restoring the rights of another and avenge his wrongs. Right through the scriptures we see God reveal Himself to His people in various ways. One of His names is, Redeemer (goel) – used in specific situations regarding the things a righteous man would do to his nearest kinsman. This Redeemer had a wonderful plan to redeem not only His chosen nation but also each of us who were far away from Him.
Here’s how God became a Redeemer to His people in The Old & New Testaments and to each of us!!
OUR DELIVERER FROM BONDAGE TO SIN
Ex. 6:6: God said: “I will rescue and redeem you with an outstretched arm”
Rom. 8:3: “By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh...”
OUR FREEDOM FROM DEBT & SLAVERY
Lev.25:25 – “…he may redeem what his brother sold.”
2 Cor.8:9 –“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
OUR HONOUR & INHERITANCE
Ruth 3:9-11: ‘Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my family redeemer.”-
1 Peter 1:3&4 –“It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.”
When the Old Testament believers witnessed a direct intervention from God when he revealed Himself as their Redeemer in every difficult situation, we the New Testament believers are experiencing God’s deliverance not only in our daily lives but also a Spiritual Redemption which the Old Testament saints were waiting for!
Job’s proclamation points to the coming Messiah as he hoped in Him. He affirmed his faith that his redeemer will come to the earth one day. But you and I are privileged to know this Redeemer. Galatians 4:4&5 says: “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Jesus is our Redeemer— He has already paid the price to deliver you; all you need to do is to receive this freedom He offers to you!
Don’t reject it! Heed the warning of Job in V.29 – “that there is a judgment one day, and on that day our REDEEMER will be our JUDGE!” (Acts 17:31)
QUOTE FOR THE DAY: “For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.” [Proverbs 23:11 KJV]
Listen: 'I will sing of my Redeemer'