Sunday, February 6, 2011
Redemption in the book of Job
I've been loving reading Job the last couple of days. Each time I read it, I appreciate something new about the book. Last time through the 90 day Bible challenge I had a good friend suffering through the trial of a very sick child who went to heaven shortly thereafter. Naturally I was focused on how NOT to comfort your suffering friend. This time I've seen so many messianic and redemptive passages. You don't think of Job as being a book about redemption, but it is. Losing everything in this life, is what makes us the most desperate for salvation and the hope of heaven.
If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my service I would wait, till my renewal should come. You would call, and I would answer You; You would long for the work of Your hands. For then You would number my steps; You would not keep watch over my sin; my transgression would be sealed up in a bag, and You would cover over my iniquity. Job 14:14-17
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! Job 19:25-27
I love that thought of my sins being sealed up in a bag and covered up. Job was looking forward in time to the salvation that God would bring. We're able to look back and see that Christ accomplished this for those who believe. His blood covers our sins- once for all! Job yearned for it. We can praise God for it!
And have you ever noticed that allusion to a bodily resurrection in the book of Job? I used to think that was New Testament stuff. Nope. One God. One redemptive plan from the beginning of time. Amazing.
What are you learning through the 90 day Bible challenge?
- I'm an on-the-run mom to 6 kids who studied and taught exercise science in a previous life. I love all things running, nutrition, and health-related. I usually run at zero dark thirty in the morning and am often quite hungry before, during, and after my run, but I live a rich, full, blessed life with my children, family, and friends. My faith in God is my anchor, and looking to Him and His promises allows me to live fully even when life circumstances are difficult. While running gives me an appetite, my desire is to hunger and thirst for righteousness more than for physical food.