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Desperation brings divine revelation

While he was experiencing the absolute worst period in his life, having personally lost everything, Job had even more insults added to his injury. Those insults came in the form of three friends who mercilessly attacked his character by blaming Job for everything that had gone wrong as well as family, friends, and neighbors who forsook him (Job 19:2, 13-19). They kicked him when he was down.

Yet in the midst of Job vehemently defending himself and crying out in the utter desperation of his depressed soul in Job 19, he received some prophetic divine revelation from the Lord. His prophetic revelation was so profound that it foretold of the ultimate purpose of the New Testament even before there was an Old Testament. After his expressions of desperation in Job 19, the man of God uttered these words:

25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

Job was totally flabbergasted as to why God would put him through so much suffering. He was perplexed as to how a person who went above and beyond the call to righteousness could wind up worse off than unbelievers. The man of God was astonished at what had transpired. But in the midst of all of that desperation, Jehovah gave him a glimpse of hope. Yes, Job was imperfect in that he overstepped his bounds in how he questioned the Lord and was eventually confronted about it. Nevertheless, the Lord showed he was still with Job in the midst of it all by providing divine revelation in Job’s desperation.

That divine prophetic revelation was of a living Redeemer who would physically appear in the last days of Earth to physically resurrect the decayed bodies of his dead saints and the assurance they will see God face to face in new bodies. Job couldn’t fathom his present situation that came about courtesy of God. However, he knew there was an ultimate deliverance that would come only by trusting in God. Based on what he said in v. 27, Job knew that despite all the bad stuff, he still had a personal relationship with the Lord that would be rewarded and bring about his vindication when he would see the Lord for himself in the resurrection of the saints.

Additionally, Job knew the Lord also redeems the guilty if they change their wicked ways. This is why he ends Job 19 with a warning to his accusatory, defamatory friends that they should repent and cease from persecuting the righteous or face God’s judgment (Job 19:28-29).

Essentially, Job is a perfect example of how the Lord can give us some of the greatest divine revelations when we undergo our greatest hour of desperation, even when we don’t sense his presence.

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