We considered and then sang two great hymns which arise from this passage:
I know that my redeemer lives;
What joy the blest assurance gives!
He lives, He lives, who once was dead;
He lives, my everlasting head.
He lives to bless me with His love,
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed,
He lives to help in time of need.
He lives and grants me daily breath;
He lives, and I shall conquer death:
He lives my mansion to prepare;
He lives to bring me safely there.
He lives, all glory to His name!
He lives, my Saviour, still the same.
What joy the blest assurance gives,
I know that my redeemer lives!
–Samuel Medley, 1775
I know that my Redeemer lives,
And ever prays for me;
A token of His love He gives,
A pledge of liberty.
I find him lifting up my head,
He brings salvation near,
His presence makes me free indeed,
And He will soon appear.
He wills that I should holy be,
What can withstand His will?
The counsel of His grace in me
He surely shall fulfill.
Jesus, I hang upon Thy Word;
I steadfastly believe
Thou wilt return and claim me, Lord
And to Thyself receive.
–Charles Wesley 1742
1. Tom Shepard (Jewels from Job) suggests that Job 19 could be outlined as follows:
Job feels that he has been . . .
- Wronged by comforters. (verses 1-4)
- Wronged by God. (verses 5-13)
- Wronged by family and friends. (verses 14-22)
But he knows that he is . . .
- Right with God. (verses 23-27)
2. Based on Colin Smith’s (Unlocking the Bible) reference to candles down through time and then a great light, I suggest the following model:
A CANDLE: Genesis 3:15
15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
A CANDLE: Job 19:23-27
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!
THE LIGHT: John 11:25
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,
THE LIGHT: 2 Timothy 1:8-10
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, . . .
3. Job affirms that no matter what comes he can know and believe and live with three ultimate truths (see verses 23-27):
- I have a redeemer
- I know that my redeemer lives
- I shall see my redeemer upon the earth