I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed
yet in my flesh I will see God.
Job 19: 25-26
The word redeemer appears many times in the Old Testament books of Ruth, Isaiah, Psalm, and Job. All of them refer to the Lord our redeemer, except in the book of Ruth. Ruth’s reference is to Boaz.
When studying the book of Ruth under Pastor Bert several years ago, he explained to us the concept of the kinsman redeemer. Kinsman is a male family member. A redeemer is one who purchases – or redeems – another out of slavery. At the time, Boaz was Ruth’s kinsman redeemer. He bought her out of slavery.
Boaz acts as an early and simple example of what our redeemer will do for us. Boaz was the kinsman redeemer for one, Ruth. Christ is the redeemer for all. Boaz made Ruth his wife, just as the church is the bride of Christ. Comparatively, Boaz made very little sacrifice to redeem Ruth. Christ suffered, died, and overcame sin in order to redeem us. Boaz, was the father of Obed, who was the father Jesse, who was the father of David (Ruth 4:21-22). Joseph, father of Jesus, belonged to the house and line of David (Luke 2:4). Boaz has long since passed away. Christ lives. Our Redeemer lives!
He not only lives, but is coming back. “He will stand on earth.”
This is strong language from Job. Jesus had not appeared yet as a baby in a manger or our Savior on the cross. He hadn’t yet appeared to his disciples after his resurrection. However, Job didn’t say, “I hear my redeemer might live,” or “I suspect he’ll stand on the earth.” Job had absolute faith and confidence in God. “I know that my redeemer lives.” “He will stand on earth.”
Job not only had a complete trust in God, he knew that his earthly body was wasting away, just like ours. He knew that earthly relief may not come to him, just like it doesn’t always come to us. He knew that God was his redeemer, though. Job knew that permanent and eternal relief was promised and guaranteed by God. His hope wasn’t in a doctor healing him. He knew his earthly suffering would not end until he saw God. And he knew that God, his redeemer, would walk on the earth.
What’s not part of the Messiah text is the next verse of Job, verse 27: “I myself will see him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!”
Job also knew that he would see God, not as a dream or figment or in some supernatural way, but in reality. He would see God with his eyes, like we see shoes on our feet and a car drive by.
We will see God. After years and years of striving, longing, wondering, and hoping, we will reap our reward. We will see God! It won’t be others telling us their version of a spiritual encounter. It won’t be our sister, saying her friend’s cousin thinks she saw him once on at hike at Mt. Baker. WE WILL SEE GOD!