What does Job mean by the phrase “though He slay me, yet will I trust Him”?

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Job was a blameless and upright man who truly feared God (Job 1:1). He was blessed with ten children and great riches. But one day Satan appeared before God and accused Job of worshiping God only to receive His blessings. So, God permitted Satan to take away Job’s wealth, his children and health. Job was filled with sorrow but he did not charge God with wrongdoing (Job 1:22; 42:7–8). In fact, he declared,

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him… He also shall be my salvation… I know that I shall be vindicated” (Job 13:15-18).

My Redeemer Lives

And he further affirmed “my redeemer lives” (Job 19:25-27). This is one of the most often quoted verses in the book of Job. It signified an important understanding in Job’s progress from hopelessness to assurance and hope. It signified that Job understood God’s character. He saw in spite of his misfortune that the Lord is “merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth… forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin…” (Exodus 34:6, 7)

Job realized that however hard and long his temptation would be, he had the full faith that God would finally vindicate him. His words revealed that God’s vindication would take place when the Almighty would “stand … upon the earth.” And he saw that this would take place at the final resurrection at the end of the world.

Redeemer and Mediator

In Job 19:25-27, the Hebrew word translated “redeemer,” go’el, means “avenger,” (Numbers 35:12, 19), and kinsman (Ruth 2:20). God is frequently called go’el in the sense that He vindicates the rights of His faithful ones. For He redeems those who are enslaved by Satan (Isaiah 41:14; 43:14). And He delivers all those that seek His mercy (Luke 4:18).

Job expressed his desire to have an “mediator” between him and God (Job 9:32–35). And he yearned to have an advocate to plead his case with God (v. 21). Therefore, he declared his conviction that his “witness is in heaven” (Job 16:19).

He asked God to be his guarantee (Job 17:3). Thus, Job not only recognized God as his “mediator,” witness, advocate, guarantee, but also as his Savior. This text represented one of the OT declarations of God as man’s redeemer. In the New Testament, the life and death of God’s only begotten Son fulfilled this truth.

God rewards Job

For his faithfulness, the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginnings. The blessings that had seemed to be gone forever, returned, more brilliant than ever. Job was blessed with even greater possessions (Job 42:12).  And he also obtained seven sons and three beautiful daughters (v. 13).

Thus, the man who was close to his death continued to live for nearly another century and a half (v. 16,17). And his family, property, friends, and status were regained. But even greater than these blessings was the experience in which he had come face to face with God.

Salvation offered to all

When people accept Christ as their personal Savior and walk in His steps, they get saved eternally from the condemnation of sin. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

But although, God’s love embraces all mankind, it directly benefits only those who respond to it (John 1:12). Therefore, if we hear His voice calling us today let us, accept His free offer of love. Let us not harden our hearts with the cares of this life, doubt and worldliness (Hebrews 3:15).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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