Job Had a Certainty of Seeing God

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Faith

As a result of all that had happened, Job was estranged from his family and friends. Even his wife and kin could no longer stand to be around him (v. 19). Physically he was just skin and bones and barely alive (v. 20). So he asked his friends to have pity on him and to stop all their persecution (vv. 21-22).  In this final paragraph of his reply to Bildad, Job declares his confidence that he will be vindicated (vv. 23-24). But as for himself, it was as though he were already vindicated. Just before concluding his words in response to Bildad, Job warned his friends of the effect that their insistence upon his guilt would have. He suggested that their persistent persecution of him would bring punishment upon themselves, and then they would know about judgment firsthand.  At that time they would understand his problem better. (vv. 28-29). On this note Job left off his speaking.

In his book With the Word, Warren Wiersbe says that this passage contains one of the greatest declarations of faith found in the Bible (vv. 25-27). What tremendous faith Job had, especially in light of the fact that he was unaware of the discussion  between God and Satan. Job thought that God had brought all these disasters upon him! Faced with death and decay, Job still expected to see God. and he expected to do so in his body. As we read this, we need to realize that when the book of Job was written Israel did not have a well-developed doctrine of the resurrection. Although he struggled with the idea that God was presently against him, Job firmly believed that in the end God would be on his side. This belief was so strong that Job became one of the first to talk about the resurrection of the body. He said, “In my flesh I shall see God,” and that shows how strong his faith was.

Application

What tremendous faith Job had, especially when he was unaware of the conference between God and Satan. Job thought that God had brought all of these disasters upon him. Faced with death and decay, Job still expected to see God, and he expected to so do in his body. This was a miracle as the doctrine of the resurrection was not known at that time. Lord help me to have that kind of faith!

Job 19:19-29 (English Standard Version)

"All my intimate friends abhor me, and those whom I loved have turned against me. My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh, and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth. Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends, for the hand of God has touched me! Why do you, like God, pursue me? Why are you not satisfied with my flesh? "Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me! If you say, 'How we will pursue him!' and, 'The root of the matter is found in him,' be afraid of the sword, for wrath brings the punishment of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment."

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