I Know My Redeemer Lives

Ben Van Arragon

Read: Job 19:23-27

Then Job answered and said: . . . “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.” (v. 25)

We use the term redeem in a few ways. We redeem coupons by trading them for something better. We redeem a wrecked item by repairing it. We redeem ourselves by making right something we have done wrong. The word redeem appears repeatedly in the Bible. And in chapter 19, Job lays claim to the concept. During his despair, Job mentions his “Redeemer.” What Redeemer, and what redemption, does Job imagine?

At this point, Job is a wreck. He does not know which wrong to make right. Job has no currency to trade for a better life. But he remembers God’s law, which makes provision for someone so destitute. In the book of Leviticus, God decrees that every Israelite who loses his land or his freedom must have a go’el—a redeemer. The go’el—typically a family member—will pay the price to buy back the person or the property (Lev. 25:25-28). Who can possibly redeem Job?

Job trusts a Redeemer who is not of this world: one who has heavenly currency to pay the price for a new life. Job’s Redeemer is shrouded in mystery. But our Redeemer has a face and a name: Jesus. Our Redeemer trades his life for ours. He repairs the wreckage of our lives. He purchases us from the powers of sin and death. Because our Redeemer lives, we live. —Ben Van Arragon

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you that I know your name. And thank you for giving me a redemption I could not earn.