Job on the Redeemer

Book of Job, Chapter 19.

25 … I know that my Redeemer lives,and he will stand upon the earth at last.
26 And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God!
27 I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.
 And I am overwhelmed at the thought!

The word Redeemer in Hebrew is “goel”  which is interestingly pronounced much like the name “Joel”, also a book in the Old Testament. The goel, is one who is charged with the duty of restoring the rights of another and avenging his wrongs; the ultimate Judge and is typically applied to Christ, according to Noah Webster’s Bible & Dictionary as he 

  He redeems us,  from all evil by the payment of a ransom

Fausett & Jamieson, 19th century commentators, remark that this shows that Job is beloved enough to have a “revelation” of the future,  when Christ the Redeemer comes to save mankind and while he is suffering right now, he knows in the future, all his troubles are naught because they are brought upon him temporarily (hearken back to that that flower in the meadow metaphor) .  Long term though, i.e. timeless eternity, Joel and now us, has received a clear & very definite sign of God’s assurance & love.

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