Daily Devotional Friday 3rd September 2021

by William Moody

Job 19

Job Replies: My Redeemer Lives

19:1 Then Job answered and said:

  “How long will you torment me
    and break me in pieces with words?
  These ten times you have cast reproach upon me;
    are you not ashamed to wrong me?
  And even if it be true that I have erred,
    my error remains with myself.
  If indeed you magnify yourselves against me
    and make my disgrace an argument against me,
  know then that God has put me in the wrong
    and closed his net about me.
  Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not answered;
    I call for help, but there is no justice.
  He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass,
    and he has set darkness upon my paths.
  He has stripped from me my glory
    and taken the crown from my head.
10   He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone,
    and my hope has he pulled up like a tree.
11   He has kindled his wrath against me
    and counts me as his adversary.
12   His troops come on together;
    they have cast up their siege ramp1 against me
    and encamp around my tent.
13   “He has put my brothers far from me,
    and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me.
14   My relatives have failed me,
    my close friends have forgotten me.
15   The guests in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger;
    I have become a foreigner in their eyes.
16   I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer;
    I must plead with him with my mouth for mercy.
17   My breath is strange to my wife,
    and I am a stench to the children of my own mother.
18   Even young children despise me;
    when I rise they talk against me.
19   All my intimate friends abhor me,
    and those whom I loved have turned against me.
20   My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh,
    and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
21   Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends,
    for the hand of God has touched me!
22   Why do you, like God, pursue me?
    Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?
23   “Oh that my words were written!
    Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
24   Oh that with an iron pen and lead
    they were engraved in the rock forever!
25   For I know that my Redeemer lives,
    and at the last he will stand upon the earth.2
26   And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
    yet in3 my flesh I shall see God,
27   whom I shall see for myself,
    and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
    My heart faints within me!
28   If you say, ‘How we will pursue him!’
    and, ‘The root of the matter is found in him,’4
29   be afraid of the sword,
    for wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
    that you may know there is a judgment.”


[1] 19:12 Hebrew their way
[2] 19:25 Hebrew dust
[3] 19:26 Or without
[4] 19:28 Many Hebrew manuscripts in me


Job rebukes his so called comforters again (v1-5). In his suffering he gets tirade after tirade from them. Job cries for justice in how he is dealt with by God (v6-12). He speaks of being estranged from family and friends (v13-19).

Job then cries for mercy from these friends who have failed to comfort him (v20-22). The phrase he uses (v20) is the source of that expression in our English language.

But Job then rises above his comforters and shows something of his spiritual stature with a wonderful section about finding hope in his Redeemer (v2329). He speaks both of the Redeemer on day walking on this earth (v250 and he also speaks of his great hope of beyond death, in his body seeing this Redeemer (v26). He is speaking in his hope in the resurrection. this is wonderful prophecy especially as it was written thousands of years before Christ came.

Job’s hope is found as he looks beyond his suffering to the great redeemer who is Jesus. As the modern hymn says, “In Christ alone my hope is found.”

Job ends this section by warning his friends that his suffering is a sign pointing forward to the judgment that is to come (v28-29).

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