For today’s readings, I’m backtracking one day because there’s a passage of Scripture that came up yesterday that we did not have an opportunity to address but is one of my favorite in all of scripture.

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.  (Job 19:25-26)

Here we see the hope of the church since the Fall of Adam, the only hope of all the nations of the earth. The hope of a Redeemer, the hope of Christ.

Understand here, that Job looked in faith to Christ as his federal head. He put his faith in the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, though he saw this in a veiled manner. In his trial and suffering, he looked to his consolation in Jesus Christ.

The difference between ourselves as New Covenant believers and the saints that came before is not one of substance of hope or of faith. Old Testament believers did not have a different substance of faith than we do. They did not look to a different hope than we do. They did not believe in their own works or rely on faith in their law-keeping. They looked to Christ, they had hope in God, they called on his name (Genesis 4:26) for redemption.

When we understand this truth, the glorious grace of our God becomes more palpable. God has always planned to redeem us according to His Son, and gave His Son on behalf of all who came before. And their regenerate hearts looked forward to him in faith, trusting in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is here that we comprehend the truth that there has always been one covenant of grace since the fall. And there has always been one hope for all men. This was Job’s only consolation in his sufferings and it should be ours as well. As the Heidelberg Catechism teaches:

. Q. What is your only comfort in life and death?

A. That I am not my own,[1] but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death,[2] to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.[3] He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and has set me free from all the power of the devil.[5] He also preserves me in such a way[6] that without the will of my heavenly Father not a hair can fall from my head;[7] indeed, all things must work together for my salvation.[8] Therefore, by His Holy Spirit He also assures me of eternal life[9] and makes me heartily willing and ready from now on to live for Him.[10]

[1] I Cor. 6:19, 20 [2] Rom. 14:7-9. [3] I Cor. 3:23; Tit. 2:14. [4] I Pet. 1:18, 19; I John 1:7; 2:2. [5] John 8:34-36; Heb. 2:14, 15; I John 3:8. [6] John 6:39, 40; 10:27-30; II Thess. 3:3; I Pet. 1:5. [7] Matt. 10:29-31; Luke 21:16-18. [8] Rom. 8:28. [9] Rom. 8:15, 16; II Cor. 1:21, 22; 5:5; Eph. 1:13, 14. [10] Rom. 8:14.

Matthew Poole comments:

From the Hebrew word goel, here used; which although sometimes it be used of God absolutely, or essentially considered, yet it most properly agrees to Jesus Christ; for this word, as all Hebricians know, is primarily used of the next kinsman, whose office it was to redeem by a price paid the sold or mortgaged estate of his deceased kinsman, Leviticus 25:25; and to revenge his death, Numbers 35:12; and to maintain his name and honour, by raising up seed to him, Deu 25:5: all which most fitly agrees to Christ, who is our nearest Kinsman and Brother, Hebrews 2:11, as having taken our nature upon him by incarnation; who also hath redeemed that everlasting inheritance which our first parents had utterly lost and sold by the price of his own blood; and hath revenged the death of mankind upon the great contriver of it, the devil, by destroying him and his kingdom; and hath taken a course to preserve our name, and honour, and persons to eternity. And if the places where God is called Goel in the Old Testament be examined, it will be found that either all or most of them may be, and some of them must be, understood of God the Son, or of Christ, as Genesis 48:16 Isaiah 49:20. See also Psalm 74:2 Isaiah 41:14 44:16 49:7 52:3 63:16.

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