I Shall See God: The Reality of the Redeemer

a. The Goel. Job says, “I know my Redeemer lives.” The word Redeemer in the original Hebrew is, “goel.” In English, we often call that person a kinsman redeemer. A great example of a kinsman redeemer is found in Boaz who buys Naomi’s property and marries Ruth. Upon the death of a relative, the redeemer was to buy, hence the redeem, the property of the deceased in order to keep it in the family and to see that it remains as an inheritance. Or if a family member was taken into slavery due to debt or other reasons the goel was to pay for their freedom. If the goel could not secure the property or people by redemption, he secured it by force. The goel was also the avenger. If family member was killed he had the right to avenge their death. That’s what a redeemer is but who is this Redeemer? b. He Lives. Job says that he knows his Redeemer lives. Who is his redeemer? Who is this kinsman that is alive that will help? His children are dead and everyone alive hates him. Young children despise him. All of his intimate friends abhor him. He is a stench to his wife. Where then will this person come from? If God is against Job, who can redeem him then? Who can redeem out of the hand of God? This is the great mystery of redemption that has been revealed to us. “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men.” “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” But then we come to Jesus who is the Word. Jesus who is God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” He is “the firstborn among many brothers.” “No longer do I call you servants…but I have called you friends.” Jesus is a brother, a friend to his people. God who has wrath against his people, and yet, through Jesus has become brother and friend. Not only that, “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Jesus came to redeem, to be the goel, for us. This is why Job could say that God, “has kindled his wrath against me,” and, “My Redeemer lives.” Job’s Kinsman Redeemer is God himself. God rescued Job, and us from his own wrath. That brings us to the reality of the resurrection.

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