When sitting down to read Job, the temptation is to read the good bits at the beginning and end, while skipping the “then so-and-so said” in the middle.
The question comes up in churches, “Should we even consider the advice of Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite?” It’s easy to forget that this is still God-breathed Scripture. If nothing else, their advice is good to remind us that bad teaching can come from our fellow Christians.
But, then there are those nuggets that come from godly men, like Job, that make us glad we are diligent in reading and studying.
Look at Job 19:25-27. The first line may be familiar because of the Praise & Worship song sung in so many churches today.
John MacArthur says this is a verse that proves Old Testament believers went immediately into God’s presence.
How many times have Christians read over this passage, and skipped past the meaning of it?
Right there, for those of us who are believers, is one of the most beautiful verses to explain our hope for the future. It’s much more poetic than you live, you die, you go to heaven. It’s much more accurate than “God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you for eternity.” It points to the heart of the matter – we need a Redeemer. We need someone who can save us.
Because of that Redeemer, we will still die, but we will live again.
After verses complaining about the advice of his friends, and how they criticize him rather than offer comfort, Job reminds us that although everything is falling apart in his world, his Redeemer lives, and has a future already planned out.
Like Job, we can say these verses apply to us, who are truly believers in Christ. Like Job, the mystery of our life and death is this – our Redeemer will stand on the earth one day, and though we be dead and our flesh decayed away to nothing, we will be alive to see Him. Our eyes shall see Him. The one who is our Redeemer now, will be our King in that day.
In a way, we have more proof of this than Job. We have the New Testament to explain Christ, the Gospel and the Revelation of what is yet to come. We have Paul and Peter to explain what Christ taught, and how it applies to our lives.
And yet, the beauty of this faith of Job shows us just as much. Without knowing about Christ, Job knew that he had a Redeemer, and that he would be resurrected to see Him one day.
Job beautifully states (dare we think his voice cracks as he says it), “I shall see God.”
Layer upon layer of truth is here. We shall see God. We shall see Him ourselves. With our own eyes.
It is enough to make your heart faint with joy. The truth of these verses can be a help, when we go through tough times. Our faith in God, in Christ, is greater than our circumstances, because He is greater than circumstances. No matter what we go through, no matter what we gain or lose, we have a Redeemer. Our faith in that truth should be unwavering.
We may have misery and sadness and troubles on this Earth now, but our joy is coming in the future, when we can stand and see our Redeemer with our own eyes. Our descendants won’t see Him in our stead. We won’t see a copy of Him or a statue of Him – we will see Him. It should be an event that makes us long for that day to arrive.
And, one day, we may be able to pick out another man standing there smiling. Because he is finally seeing the One who redeemed him, too.