May 3, 2020
Welcome to another Lord’s Day1
I am in my office now. I just watched the 9:00 worship service online. It feels very weird, but I am so thankful for our team of faithful servants. I am thankful for everyone who is giving so much time and effort to produce these video worship services. I hope you are enjoying them as well. I am very eager to see you all again face to face! O what a day of rejoicing that will be! Thank you for your faithful prayers and giving throughout this season.
I want to conclude our look at Job today. His journey of faith and faithfulness is such a blessing. Many years ago, a friend of mine told me he did not think Job should be in the Bible. As he read the story, he felt God was outsmarted by Satan. He could not figure out an answer to the question why this happened. I believe the key to understanding Job is Who is in control and it is not the Enemy!
The counsel Job receives from his friends is tragically inadequate and false. For example, Bildad the Shuhite (the shortest man in the Bible – only a shoe height tall) tries to frighten Job in chapter 18. He describes death as being like a candle being snuffed out (5-6); an animal trapped (7-10); a criminal arrested (11-14 and a tree uprooted (15-21). He prefaces his remarks by saying, “Be sensible and then we can talk.” (18:2).
Job’s response shows just how wise he is.
NIV Job 19:21-27
"Have pity on me, my friends, have pity, for the hand of God has struck me. 22 Why do you pursue me as God does? Will you never get enough of my flesh? 23 "Oh, that my words were recorded, that they were written on a scroll, 24 that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead, or engraved in rock forever! 25 I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. 26 And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; 27 I myself will see him with my own eyes-- I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
In verses 21-22, Job cries out for mercy twice! He acknowledges the truth that God has pursued him and it has been difficult to understand and endure. Next, he wants to make a permanent copy of his thoughts on death and life after death (23-25). He confesses personal knowledge of His living Redeemer! This is amazing faith! Then he looks forward to the appearance of His Redeemer on the earth! Remember this is the oldest book in the Bible. The Redeemer will arise and stand on the earth! This is a precise description which fits perfectly with the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Job’s final confession (26-27) expresses his heart’s yearning within. Job expects to die. But there remains an “after” to his death. Though his earthly body will be destroyed at death, he anticipates seeing God in a body! We can only conclude that Job expects to receive a resurrected body after his death. In this new body, he will see God. The verb to see describes a thorough investigation, not just a glance. No wonder his heart is yearning! I like the NLT translation: “I am overwhelmed at the thought!”
I ask you to read this text again. Let the Holy Spirit teach you. Answer this question: “If Job could trust this way in God, why not me?” All of this expression of faith for Job is foretelling faith. We stand on the other side of the cross and resurrection of Jesus. We affirm the historic fact of the empty tomb and glorious victory of our Lord Jesus! Lord increase our faith today!
It is my prayer that you will be comforted in your struggles today as Job was so very long ago.
NIV John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life.
The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;
and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.
Do you believe this?"
Your servant for Jesus’ sake,