…His memory perishes from the earth…(Job 18:17a)
With this declaration, Bildad rebukes Job in the midst of his suffering. But, Bildad’s prognosis is proved false by the very book of Job itself. God preserves Job’s story in Scripture.
Chapter 19 depicts Job in agony. He grapples with the apparent meaninglessness of his plight and implicates God as being responsible for his predicament. He is perplexed and frustrated by the response of his friends. However, in what is perhaps Job’s darkest hour, his lamentation culminates in an amazing blaze of glorious truth:
“Oh, that my words were written! Oh, that they were inscribed in a book! Oh, that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives…” (Job 19:23-25a).
Job’s appeal is graciously granted. His discourse is engraved, as it were, secured forever in the very Word of God. While Job’s words are an encouragement to this believer for this moment, they also bear fruit for all eternity. This Gospel certainty is made manifest, inscribed in the Rock that is Christ, forever! With Job, my heart thrills to this truth, for I know that my Redeemer lives!
By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel