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Having extraordinary faith during times of trouble can be difficult for us as believers, no matter how mature in Christ we may be. Job’s faith in his trials is an example for all of us.
Praising God and His majesty and glory when we are suffering is extreme worship and a true sacrifice of praise because we are moving past our feelings to our faith. In Job 19:25, when Job was going through the worst of times and suffering says “I know that my redeemer lives and that in the end he will stand on the earth.” (NIV)
Job, covered in sores, berated by his friends, who lost all his children and everything he owned, whose wife said ‘Why don’t you just curse God and die’ (Job 2:9), said he knew His savior lives.
Who was Job speaking of and do we also believe this to be true in our times of trouble?
My Redeemer Lives – The Story of Job’s Faith
Job was a righteous man who loved God. He was also quite blessed. He had everything a person could want; a loving family, beautiful children, land, wealth and a loving wife.
The Bible tells us in Job 1:6 that Satan came with the sons of God, the angels, to present themselves before Him. God asks Satan where he comes from and Satan tells Him in Job 1:7:
“From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” ESV
Then God goes on to ask Satan in verse 8:
“Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” ESV
Satan then tells God essentially that it is no surprise that Job honors God and lives a godly and blameless life because there is a hedge around him and he is blessed. But Satan goes on to tell God that if God were to take everything from Job surely he would curse him.
So in what is sort of a “Trading Places” type “bet”, God agrees to let Satan have at Job with the exception that he cannot touch his life.
Job Loses Everything
Satan then proceeds to strip Job of everything he has and everyone he loves, except his wife and apparently his friends.
He loses his children, his livestock, his health and his wealth.
His friends berate him and tell him he must have sinned in some way and done some terrible things for God to punish him this way. Nice friends huh?
Job argues his case not only with his friends but with God! He wants to know what charge there is against him to cause all this to happen, BUT he NEVER curses God.
He never speaks against God in any way! Job’s faith in God’s majesty stayed strong.
Job 1:22 says:
“In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.” ESV
Job then goes on with this back and forth dialog with his “friends” and makes his case that he did not sin against God and did not bring this calamity on himself in any way. He is (I believe rightfully) thoroughly insulted that these friends of his, who surely know him well, would believe such ill about him.
Job’s Faith – I Know My Redeemer Lives
Yet through it all, Job saw to his redemption. Job’s faith came from a place where he knew that there was something beyond this life. He knew that there would come a day that his Savior would stand on this earth and defeat the same evil that sought to destroy him.
He said in Job 19:25:
“I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth.” NIV
Job’s faith allowed him to see past his current troubles to his ultimate redemption and if it didn’t happen in his lifetime he knew it would happen nonetheless.
He saw Jesus! Job saw the time Jesus would stand on this earth as his redeemer! He knew Jesus would take His place as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and at the end, as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
Job had faith in redemption! He had faith in God’s promises!
Do we have that same faith when we go through times of tribulation or attack?
Job’s Faith – An Expository Study: “Redeemer”
We are going to break down this verse in Job 19 and see what this means.
Redeemer as used in this verse is the Hebrew word ‘ga’al’ and it means:
‘to redeem, act as a kinsman-redeemer, ransom, do the part of a kinsman’
The law of the kinsman redeemer stated that if a man died and left a wife without having had a child, the brother (or nearest relative) of that man was to take the woman as his wife and give her children on behalf of the brother.
It was also a relative who avenged a person. If a person was killed, the kinsman redeemer would see to it the death was avenged.
If a person fell into debt and lost what they owned or was sold into slavery, a kinsman redeemer could purchase them from slavery.
They were to restore what their relative lost, whether it be their life, their property or their freedom.
Jesus is our Kinsman Redeemer. He is our Brother as He is the Son of God and God is our Father.
We were lost and slaves to sin and He purchased our freedom with His blood! He paid the price that was ours to pay.
Job’s faith was in his heartfelt knowledge that his redeemer lives! He knew no matter what he lost in this world, there would be One who would redeem him!
Job’s Faith – An Expository Study: “In the End He Will Stand On the Earth”
Job knew that there would be an end. He knew that not only would his redeemer redeem him but He would stand on the earth and redeem the world for Himself!
Job looked past his present troubles to the promise of more! He didn’t sin against God no matter what he lost because he believed in the promise!
The Hebrew translates to “He will take His stand”.
In the Hebrew, His stand is ‘quwm’ and it means:
‘to rise, rise up, stand’
He will rise up on the earth. Interestingly enough, the Hebrew word for ‘the earth’ here is not the one used for the world. It is the word ”aphar’ and it means the dust of the ground. It’s the same word used to describe the dust of the ground Adam was formed from and the dust of the earth the serpent in the garden would eat the rest of his life.
Here it is the actual soil of the earth.
It was not metaphorical. Jesus would rise up and stand on the actual dust of the earth! In other words, His physical presence would be here and He would redeem mankind!
When you have that kind of promise, the troubles of this life will pale in comparison and I believe Job didn’t sin against God through all his trials .
Jesus redeemed you from this world and its troubles. He redeemed you from sin and death.
Have you struggled with giving praise in your trials? Do you experience difficulty worshipping in the storm? Remember to stare difficulty in the face and say “I know my redeemer lives!”
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