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My Redeemer Lives – Daily Scripture Reading

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But I know that my redeemer is alive
and afterward he’ll rise upon the dust.
26 After my skin has been torn apart this way—
then from my flesh I’ll see God,
27 whom I’ll see myself—
my eyes see, and not a stranger’s.
I am utterly dejected. – Job 19:25-27

Daily Devotional

Today’s Devotional was written by: Cheryl Cash

This is a passage of scripture meant to take our breaths away. It very often does mine. In and of itself it is powerful and we can anchor to its words and phrases alone in many seasons. But the shocked gasp of this proclamation is really found in the grief and soul agony of the preceding 19 chapters and in the 22 chapters to follow. It is the loss and torment that amplify these deliberately faith-filled words. From the midst of throbbing sorrow Hope thunders to definitively arrest despair.

The preceding verses of chapter 19 build with a despairing crescendo. Job lists his pain and among his complaints are these:

“[God] has stripped me of my honor and removed the crown from my head.” (v. 9)

and

“He tears me down on every side till I am gone; he uproots my hope like a tree.” (v. 10)

Job’s losses fall squarely into the zone of everything and into his struggle with such enormous grief Job shouts the defiance of verse 25: “I know that my Redeemer lives . . .”

So, when I find myself swallowed up in any season of despair or disease I can take the weak, shaking hand of ranting Job—a hand covered with open sores—and from the stench of his broken body and aching grief I cry out with him, “I know . . .” and “I will see . . .” and “. . . my heart yearns!”

We are never alone. Take heart! Breathless and believing, we wait together. Our Redeemer lives!

Read this verse in context: Job 19

Then Job responded:

2 How long will you harass me
and crush me with words?
3 These ten times you’ve humiliated me;
shamelessly you insult me.
4 Have I really gone astray?
If so, my error remains hidden inside me.
5 If you look down on me
and use my disgrace to criticize me,
6 know then that God has wronged me
and enclosed his net over me.
God’s treatment of Job
7 If I cry “Violence!” I’m not answered;
I shout—but there is no justice.
8 He walled up my path so I can’t pass
and put darkness on my trail,
9 stripped my honor from me,
removed the crown from my head,
10 tore me down completely so that I’ll die, and uprooted my hope like a tree.
11 His anger burns against me;
he considers me his enemy.
12 His troops come as one
and construct their siege ramp[a] against me;
they camp around my tent.
Social ostracism
13 He has distanced my family from me;
my acquaintances are also alienated from me.
14 My visitors have ceased;
those who know me have forgotten me.
15 My guests and female servants think me a stranger;
I’m a foreigner in their sight.
16 I call my servant, and he doesn’t answer;
I myself must beg him.
17 My breath stinks to my wife;
I am odious to my children.
18 Even the young despise me;
I get up, and they rail against me.
19 All my closest friends despise me;
the ones I have loved turn against me.
Misery
20 My bones cling to my skin and flesh;
I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
21 Pity me. Pity me. You’re my friends.
God’s hand has truly struck me.
22 Why do you pursue me like God does,
always hungry for my flesh?
Brief hope
23 Oh, that my words were written down,
inscribed on a scroll
24 with an iron instrument and lead,
forever engraved on stone.
25 But I know that my redeemer[b] is alive
and afterward he’ll rise upon the dust.
26 After my skin has been torn apart this way—
then from my flesh[c] I’ll see God,
27 whom I’ll see myself—
my eyes see,[d] and not a stranger’s.
I am utterly dejected.
Warning
28 You say, “How will we pursue him
so that the root of the matter can be found in him?”[e]
29 You ought to fear the sword yourselves,
for wrath brings punishment by the sword.
You should know that there is judgment.

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