25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; 26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God, Job 19: 25-26
In all of life’s ups and downs, sorrows and tragedies, we have a hope to cling to even in our darkest hours.
The story of Job was written as an epic poem probably before Moses was born. Job was a rich, God-fearing man, whom God had mightily blessed. Satan accused Job of honoring God only because he had been blessed, so God allowed Satan to test him.
Satan first took Job’s possessions along with his children. When that didn’t make Job curse God, he took his health. Satan gave him boils from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet. It was so bad that his wife told him to curse God and die. But Job remained resolute in his faith.
Finally, three of Job’s friends came to with him and they began to rebuke him. They told him that it was a hidden sin that had caused all his problems. Again, Job held fast to his faith and the fact that in this, he was not to blame.
After many rounds of rebuke from his friends Job made this awesome statement of faith and hope; a foreshadowing of Christ, but also a mighty pillar of doctrinal truth.
Christ walked the earth; His blood has redeemed mankind and the redeemed shall be raised to see Christ in His glory with their own flesh and blood eyes. These truths are taught throughout the New Testament. It is comforting to know that Job knew of them even before Moses’s time.
Job, being in the deep bottomless pit of despair, abandoned by his wife and his friends, was able to cling to the hope of Christ, his redeemer. We have the same redeemer and the same hope.