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Watering the Tulips

January 29, 2014

 

 

“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth;  And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, Whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me!” – Job 19:25-27

 

It is often thought that Old Testament saints knew nothing of Jesus.  This simply is not true.  Job is considered to be the oldest book in the Bible by most scholars.  And yet, our text is a clear declaration of the coming Redeemer.  Let us consider a few things that Job affirms here centuries before Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

 

First of all, Job unhesitatingly admits his own sinfulness.  Job undoubtedly saw himself as a sinner and guilty before God.  There would be no need to be redeemed if this were not true.  Job’s confidence in eternal life was not wrapped up in his own works, but in the work of the coming Redeemer.

 

Secondly, Job understood that the Son (the 2nd person in the Trinity) was very much alive during his own lifetime.  There is much confusion about the incarnation today.  Many suppose that Jesus didn’t exist until He was born to Mary and laid in a manger in Bethlehem.  But, this is not so.  The first few verses of the Gospel of John plainly declare, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.   He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:1-3).  And later, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).  The Son is as eternal as the Father.

 

Thirdly, Job knew that his Redeemer, Jesus, would one day reign on this Earth.  Job’s declaration that Jesus would one day “stand at last on the earth” pointed forth to Christ’s coming as King.  Yes, that very one that would bruise the head of Satan (Genesis 3:15) will one day reign over this earth as the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 20).

 

Fourthly, Job fully understood the resurrection from the dead.  He anticipated a time that “after [his] skin is destroyed, this [he knew], that in [his] flesh [he] shall see God”.  Though the Sadducees doubted the resurrection from the dead during the ministry of Jesus, Job looked forward to such a grand event.  Job’s confidence was similar to Paul’s – “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:53).

 

Lastly, my friends, Job longed for such a time.  He said, “How my heart yearns within me!”  Is this the attitude that we have today or are we far too attached to this sinful world?  Can we say with John, “Even so, come Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20)?  Be encouraged, child of God.  The same One that you trust in today is the One that was promised long ago to take the place of His sheep and purchase them back from the Fall.

 

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