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Job s Prophecy of the Resurrection.

Job s Prophecy of the Resurrection.

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UPPER CANADA TRACT SOCIETY


I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the
earth; and though after my shin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see
God. JOB xix. 25, 26.

UPPER CANADA TRACT SOCIETY


I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the
earth; and though after my shin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see
God. JOB xix. 25, 26.

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Job s Prophecy of the Resurrection.UPPER CAADA TRACT SOCIETYI know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon theearth; and though after my shin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I seeGod. JOB xix. 25, 26.EED scarcely stay to prove to you that in thesemost remarkable words the Patriarch Job is speak ing of the Resurrection. Although we are unableto assign with historical certainty the preciseperiod at which Job lived, there is strong reasonfor concluding that he was contemporary withMoses. And there is this great point of interestconnected with him, that he was not an Israelite.He was not a Hebrew, but a Gentile. Then further, he was notonly a man of great earthly distinction, for he is described as thegreatest of all the men of the East ; but he was also a perfectand an upright man, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. 1He was thus like Melchisedec, a representative of the pure religionof the primitive ages of the world. He was a priest and a prophet,not for one inconsiderable nation, but for the universal family of man. And it is certainly an interesting and providential circumstance, that there should exist side by side with the Pentateuch abook like this, which, describing the state of the world without thepale of the Jewish Church, should so entirely harmonise with it, andwith all the primeval revelations of God to man.35EASTER DAYBut let us examine carefully and reverently the whole prophecy of which the tex*t is the central point. The Patriarch is here, as I said just now, comforting himself with the hope of the Resurrection, andof the life of the world to come. It was not always so with him.His earthly comforts had failed him. He had lost his property andhis children. He had been tempted by his wife, and mocked by hisfriends. Under these trying circumstances he seems to have experienced those alternations to which even the best of men are liable.In an earlier part of this book, he seems anxiously to inquire intothe possibility of a man s living again. Man dieth and wasteth
 
away ; yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he ? And again;If a man die, shall he live again? But here, in this passage, alldoubt vanishes. After a severe struggle of anguish and agony, hearose from his deep dejection, and poured forth these magnificentwords doubtless under the immediate inspiration of the HolySpirit words of which he may not himself have then seen all thesignificance and force ; but words upon which the Gospel of Jesus,and the great event which we commemorate this day, shed their fullflood of heavenly light and meaning. Far across the space of fifteencenturies this prophecy reaches to our Lord s empty tomb, andonwards, and still onwards to the resurrection of all men at the lastgreat day.I. Let us examine the words a little more in detail.The Patriarch looked upon his own death as then close at hand ;but he was anxious that what he was about to communicate shouldnot perish with him. And since the thoughts to which he was nowabout to give utterance had been comforting to himself, he desiresthat they might become a permanent record for the comfort of others. He desires that these precious words might be committed towriting. But ink might fade, and parchment might decay. And,therefore, he prays that his words might be engraven in the hardstone, and then that the letters might be filled in with molten lead.He would have these memorable words so fixed and imprinted thatthey might never be effaced for ever. And the Patriarch s wish hasbeen granted ; his words have been fixed in the imperishable recordof Holy Scripture, graven on the solid rock of God s Word, whichshall never pass away.* I know that my Redeemer liveth. That is, I, Job, who am thusgrievously afflicted, I am fully persuaded that my Redeemer is living.Yes; the Lord Jesus who is from everlasting to everlasting wasliving then. He is the same yesterday and to-day and for ever.He is a living Person ; not an inanimate thing. or is He only aman. o mere man can redeem His brother. It cost more thanthat to redeem our souls, so that we must let that alone for ever.36OUTLIES O VARIOUS PASSAGESor is He only an angel ; for God < charges His angels with folly.The word Goel, here translated Redeemer, means one next of kin.And so Christ Jesus is our true Goel, having made Himself next of 
 
kin to us all by taking our nature upon Him : and He has redeemedus from the captivity of sin and Satan ; and has purchased us by theprice of His most precious Blood. And He liveth ; He died androse again ; and behold, He liveth for evermore. He is the truevindicating kinsman. And thus Job expresses his firm confidence,that amidst all failures of issue or kindred, all decay and ruin of hisearthly tenement, he had yet a Goel, an Avenger living, one whoto quicken him to everlasting life would stand clothed in his ownflesh and blood triumphant over the dust ; and in whom andthrough whom he should himself see God. The description of theRedeemer f established above the dust represents Him as comingwith His Resurrection power, to reanimate the dust of millions onmillions, and to judge the quick and the dead.But, perhaps, you are tempted to ask, How are the dead raised,and with what body do they come ? You admit the truth of theResurrection, but you inquire as to the nature of the risen body.Will it be that very body in which I have lived and acted my parthere on earth ? Or, will it be a body so unearthly, so etherealised,as scarcely to be distinguished from spirit ? ay, but if it is such abody, then it will not be the same ; for how can it be a real resurrection if the flesh is not the same ? It must be capable of beingidentified. It cannot be a true resurrection unless that which risesis the same as that which has died. See how the Patriarch expressesit, ( Yet in my flesh yes ; in that flesh which has been destroyedwhich has been resolved into its elementary invisible atoms whichhas been wrought up, over and over again, it may be, into othersubstances in that flesh again gathered together in that very flesh,risen again, * I shall see God. o doubtful meaning of the words,no ambiguity of expression can avail to sponge out from this passagethe mighty doctrine which the Church proclaims with a voice as of atrumpet tnis day. If we believe that our Redeemer lives that Hehas been established above the dust then we know that His Resurrection involves the resurrection of all men ; and that the faithful,though their bodies must for a time yield to the power of death,shall at the last day be quickened, and that their very eyes, and nostranger s eyes rather than theirs, shall gaze upon God.ow if this be indeed so ; if it be true that as certainly as that weare gathered together in this cathedral this morning, so certainlyshall we appear in these very bodies before the Judgment Throne,how careful ought we to be, lest we dishonour our bodies, by makingthem the instruments of sin. Let us respect our bodies as the37

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