24
Apr
15

FAITH TO FACT

“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.  Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God.”  Job 19:25-26

One day, I was doing a search on Google for a project in school, and that search was “What Children Know.”  The articles that popped up were numerous and varied:  “71 Things Your Child Needs to Know Before Kindergarten,” “25 Manners Every Kid Should Know by Age Nine,” and “27 Skills Your Child Needs To Know They Are Not Getting In School.”  Whew!  That is a lot of things kids are supposed to need to know!
When it comes to growing in the grace, wisdom and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we always begin at faith.  We do not walk by sight with anything that is tangible or concrete.  We have the Holy Bible that we can hold, but by faith, we accept that it is the authoritative Word of God, infallible, and the final word on all matters that it addresses.  But as we grow, then we start to accept things almost as if they are fact.  These are things that are no long faith, but things we know.
In the verse above, Job declares that he has first-hand knowledge of the Redeemer, and that he lives.  The first wonderful part of this phrase is that he knows.  He is establishing that that knowledge is now beyond faith, going to factual knowledge.  Second, he declares that he knows “my Redeemer.”  Apparently, he had such a sweet relationship that he called God by a personal pronoun.  He is not “the” Redeemer, He is “my” Redeemer.  Third, Job realizes that he is in need of saving from sin, hence his use of the term “Redeemer.”  Even before the Christ was sent to earth, likely before any of the books of the Bible had been written, he knew that redemption would come!  Fourth, Job knew that “my Redeemer lives.”  We do not serve a dead God, we serve a living God!
Perhaps the most hopeful revelation that we see is that Job knows that after he dies, “from my flesh, I shall see God.”  So unique and close was his relationship with the Redeemer that God revealed to him that we would one day be resurrected with new bodies, and that we would see God!  How special and dear is that faith knowledge!
Let us thank God and praise Him that our Redeemer lives, and that one day, we shall see Him in our flesh!

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