March 7, 2019
DAY 68: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Focus Verse For Today: Job 19:25-27
In today’s journey through Job 19 and 20, things pick up with Job responding to Bildad. Job describes how the people he knows and trusts have turned their backs on him. In the midst of this great darkness, Job sees light. In chapter 20, Zophar torments Job, declaring Job’s sin has caught up with him.
Take some time to pray, asking God to reveal Himself to you through His Word, our journey through Job 19-20, and sharing whatever concern and/or praises you may have with/for Him. It is time to start our journey!
In chapter 19, Job shares a different side of the torment he is enduring. He shares that wife, his family, his closest friends, have all turned their backs on him. Even his servants ignore him. Job has lost contact with those he loved and trusted because they viewed Job, they judged Job, Job’s value to them, was only his outward appearance. His wife, his family, and his closest friends did not know Job. (Job 19:1-22) In Job’s confused state, Job still knew that one day he would meet his redeemer. This is faith. (Job 19:27-29)
In chapter 20, Zophar, a friend of Job’s, declares his wisdom. (Job 20:3) Zophar has a very narrow understanding of God and a much narrower view of Job’s predicament: Job is a sinner and God’s retribution for Job’s sin has caught him. Zophar believes that bad things only happen to sinners. Zophar accuses Job of loving sin so much that he could not give it up to be released from his torment (Job 20:12-15) Zophar did not understand that Satan was the source of Job’s torment. (Job 20:1-29)
Our focus verse for today:
25I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth.
26And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
27I myself will see him
with my own eyes—I, and not another.
How my heart yearns within me! (Job 19:25-27, NIV)
If you have been following our journey through Job from the beginning, you may be asking yourself, “What is Job saying?” Job has lost everything, everything except his life, and he continues to see God as his redeemer. That is faith. Job confesses that he will see his redeemer with his own eyes after his skin is gone. Job knew God. Job knows God. Job would not let what he did not understand separate him from God.
Job’s redeemer lives! Job’s Redeemer lives! Does your Redeemer live? Godspeace!
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