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Aug
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THE LONGING FOR OUR REDEEMER

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
The first two chapters of Job detail the travail that he has had to endure. He lost all his possessions, including his 10 children. Later, even his health was wiped away as he was stricken with boils so painful that he scraped them with pieces of broken pottery to ease the pain. Because of his contagious affliction, he was forced to remove himself from the inhabitants to live a life of solitude in grief.
Three of his comrades came to comfort him, but when they saw him, the just sat in stunned silence for a solid week. Then they started to rail on him, saying that all his troubles were his own fault – if confessed his sin then God would restore everything. But they did not know of the supernatural battle going on behind the scenes as recorded in the Word of God.
In the verse here, Job is answering one of their arguments. It is interesting that Job first calls God “Redeemer,” especially with the words that follow. We will further explore this thought in the next few paragraphs.
In the Hebrew, “redeemer” is beth av. It refers to the patriarchal society, where the patriarch was responsible for taking in and caring for all the finances of the family. The whole family lived in “The Father’s House.” The patriarch’s brothers, sisters, wife, children, daughters-in-law, and other orphaned members lived under his tent, and he provided for all their needs. If one of them got themselves in financial trouble, or one of them was lost, then it was the patriarch’s responsibility to pay off the debt (no matter how much it was), or to get and retrieve the lost member. Remember when Lot was kidnapped and Abraham went to war to get him back? That is the same idea. In short, the redeemer/beth av was the provider and the rescuer at any cost.
Job sees God here as his own personal beth av. And he has a special revelation that one day, he would eventually be redeemed by his beth av. But not only that, Job knew that he would see God “in my flesh,” and that he was to see Him “for myself, and my eyes shall behold.” He believed that his own eventual redemption would come when he saw the Lord in heaven with his newly created body, although he did know that God planned on restoring everything to him many times over.
But to see God in heaven, “How my heart yearns within me!” Job did not have much to which he could cling, but he did have that promise of eternal life. We today have that same hope, which causes us to cry out, “Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!”  

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