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Verse of the Day (April 29, 2020)

Verse of the Day (April 29, 2020) #BMSeminary – In Job’s replies to his friends’ statements to him, he sometimes tries to beat them at their own game. He tries to refute their refutations, or defend himself against their defenses (of God). Seldom does he get outside the boxing ring of verbal punches and counterpunches. Here, toward the end of Job’s second response to Bildad, Job is given something wonderful to say. Recognizing the place of despair out of which Job has been speaking up to now, right up to the very hem of these verses, it is a lovely wonder that he is inspired to declare what he says next. Job says that he believes he shall one day see God as his Redeemer and not his enemy. He shall see God with his own eyes (v. 27), “in my flesh” (v. 26). In faith Job predicts this, even “after my skin has been thus destroyed” (v. 26). Job’s pre-vision of the direct presence of God, ultimately fulfilled in Christ, has been quoted often, most famously in Handel’s “Messiah” and in the Book of Common Prayer. For Christians, the mighty hope of a physical resurrection culminates with a glorious exultation from the apostle Paul that echoes Job’s words: “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:55). We therefore give great thanks to God, “who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 15:57; Isa. 25:8; Hos. 13:14). (Gospel Transformation Study Bible)

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