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Thursday, January 24, 2013

In the Know

Job 19:1-21:34
We read a very famous verse of scripture today, but before I get to that I really want to encourage you as we continue to read through the book of Job.
We have 7 more days to spend with Job and his friends.  So hang in there because we are heading somewhere very rewarding with this man who lived always to honor God.
And God is getting ready to honor him back.
One reason God could do what He’s going to do next week in chapter 42 is due to the knowledge Job had of who God really is.
He said in chapter 19:25, For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand on this earth.
The Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew so to get a better understanding of what the text means we need to go to the original translation.
The word redeemer is the Hebrew noun go’el and it is the same word used frequently throughout the Old Testament to refer to a kinsman-redeemer; a person, a relative, who had both the rights and the responsibility for saving and vindicating a family member.
kinsman-redeemer is a typology of Christ.  (We learned about typologies here last week)  And when we read the book of Ruth in April we will see this lived out in the most romantic of ways.
But there is nothing romantic about Job’s immense suffering physically, emotionally, or spiritually.  And yet he exclaims, For I know that my Redeemer (the one who has the ability to save me from my heartache, pain and disappointment) lives.
Job did not know why he was experiencing all this death.
But what he did know was God was alive.
Job did not know how he would be saved from his situation.
But what he did know was God was the one who would redeem him.
We don’t always need to know everything; we just need to know the One who does.  There is a peace in that, and it passes all our understanding (Philippians 4:7).
If you were to ask Job today, How do you know your Redeemer lives?  Oh the stories he would share with you.  Stories of redemption.  Stories we are going to read next week.
If someone asked you today, How do you know your Redeemer lives? What stories would you share?  They are your testimony.
Here is a definition of the word testimony- evidence or proof provided by the existence or appearance of something. Or in our case, Someone.
We most likely will never experience or know pain as Job did, but we can experience just as he did, the redemption of our Savior who not only lives, but lives to redeem us.
I pray that our lives will always be testimonies of Him.
For I know my Redeemer lives!
Therefore I will live for Him.

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