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~ Day Nineteen ~
No Other Name
The Book of Job ~ Chapter Nineteen
"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 will see God."
(Job 19:25, 26)
The Feast of Tabernacles is a reminder of the Lord's mighty work in redeeming His chosen people Israel out from under the yoke of slavery in Egypt, and then establishing them under His own gracious government (Isaiah 9:6, 7). In His divine administration, His people would learn to walk in their newly acquired liberty as their Sovereign King guided them with a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, which they saw with their own eyes. As they journeyed through the wilderness, the Redeemer provided His people with a firstfruits taste of their full inheritance by dwelling in the midst of the Tabernacle in the center of the camp, so they could enjoy the blessings of close communion with God and learn to partake of the fellowship He was offering them. "You in Your mercy have led forth the people whom You have redeemed; You have guided them in Your strength in Your holy habitation" (Exodus 15:13). Whenever His people would rebel and turn from Him, the Lord would find it necessary to chastise His people; by allowing them to be taken captive again, He would cure them of their idolatry and restore them into fellowship with Himself. This is a sad cycle they would often repeat. "When He slew them, then they sought Him; and they returned and sought earnestly for God. Then they remembered that God was their rock, and the Most High God their Redeemer" (Psalm 78:34, 35).

"All flesh shall know that I, the LORD,
am your Savior, and your Redeemer,
the Mighty One of Jacob."
(Isaiah 49:26)

The story of Ruth provides a beautiful illustration of the role of the kinsman redeemer, whose duty as next of kin was to pay the ransom price to buy back the family's land that had been sold because of debt (Ruth 1-4). This story has the ultimate happy ending with the continuation of the family line that would bring forth the true Kinsman-Redeemer, Jesus Christ. He alone would buy back the title deed to men's souls, which were forfeited because of sin, with the power and costly price of His own precious blood. "...knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1:18, 19). Our Kinsman-Redeemer has broken the power of sin and death, so that death can no longer hold our bodies captive in the grave. Jesus has ascended to heaven and descended to the grave to lead "captivity captive" and bring back the spoils of war. "For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed...Death is swallowed up in victory!" (1 Corinthians 15:52-54). In these last days, may we be able to say with the same confidence of Job, "I know my Redeemer lives! "So,"...why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven" (Acts 1:11). While the saints on earth are slumbering and neglecting the hour of prayer, and the world goes about eating and drinking as they did in Noah's day, the hour is drawing closer when the trump of God will sound and the dead in Christ will rise. "He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20). "Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3).

"Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel,
and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:
'I am the First and I am the Last;
besides Me there is no God.'
(Isaiah 44:6)
Read: Job Chapter Nineteen

"Oh, that my words were written!
Oh, that they were inscribed in a book!
That they were engraved on a rock
with an iron pen and lead, forever!
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."
(Job 16:23-26).

Job's words weren't getting through to his friends nor were they breaking through the brassy sky. His "miserable counselors" had tuned him out long ago, and heaven was strangely silent, so Job prayed that his testimony would be written down, perhaps engraved on his tombstone: "I know that my Redeemer lives!" Job's prayer for an audience with God so that he could plead his case was not getting a response, so he asked that his statement be taken down and recorded for the final seat of judgment, when the Righteous Judge would stand upon the earth, and finally declare His innocence. "Plead my cause and redeem me; revive me according to Your word" (Psalm 119:154). Like apples of gold in settings of silver (Proverbs 25:11), Job made a bold, prophetic declaration of the advent of Christ the Redeemer and of the resurrection. He sat on the ash heap in the midst of the city dump watching his own flesh decompose as he observed the worms go to work on the compost heap. In those darkest hours of grief, the starry sky of revelation shone through and illuminated a grand truth of future resurrection to a depressed man who longed to die. The Lord stripped His servants of all the comforts that life had to offer in order to bring him back to the foundation stone. It was there that Job found comfort in knowing that the Redeemer was his. When all his earthly possessions were taken away and his land was burned up and destroyed, he held in his heart a title deed that could never be touched - the only piece of property that was truly his to have and to hold - his relationship with God. Everything we accumulate and own in this life is ours on borrowed time and will sooner or later be reclaimed or left behind, even our bodies will be returned to the dust. "For dust you are, and to dust you shall return" (Genesis 3:19b). But if Jesus is our personal Redeemer, as He was to Job, then not even death can separate us. "We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8). Can you say today with confidence as Job did that "I know my Redeemer lives" and that He lives in your heart this day? If the Redeemer is yours, than even the darkest nights of the soul will be full of light, and you will be able to look forward to that future day with confidence and joy, that when He stands upon the earth you will stand with Him. "...but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling...revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until the Day" (1 Timothy 1:8-12).

"For the grace of God that brings salvation
had appeared to all men,
teaching us that, denying ungodliness
and worldly lusts, we should live soberly,
righteously, and godly in the present age,
looking forward to the blessed hope
and glorious appearing of our
great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
who gave Himself for us,
that He might redeem us from every lawless deed
and purify for Himself His own special people,
zealous for good works."
(Titus 2:13, 14)
"LORD, I know that You can do everything,
and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You."
(Job 42:2)

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