Job's confession is expressed so that each part is more surprising and remarkable than the last. We have already noted, first, Job's strong belief in a personal, vindicating God; and second, Job's faith in the coming incarnation of his divine Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. Here, in the third place and amazingly, we see Job's faith in his own bodily resurrection: 

So far this week we have only said that Job believed in God, personally to be sure. He did not have a remote, abstract, unconcerned deity to worship, like so many do. He believed in a living, powerful, compassionate and vindicating God. But so did many of the Old Testament figures. By definition, any truly godly person believes in a personal, powerful, living and vindicating God. 

There was a purpose to all of Job's suffering, of course. This is what the story's opening and epilogue are all about. I call it the meaning of history, namely, that God and his ways are good even if they do not seem good to us, even if they involve us in much suffering, and that believers prove the truth of this by how they accept what God sends.

When we think of the Christian doctrine of the resurrection we think first and naturally of the gospel accounts of Jesus' resurrection and then of the later New Testament teachings built upon it. But it is a remarkable fact that one of the greatest statements of resurrection faith in the Bible is found not in the New Testament, but in the Old. It is the testimony of Job, and is found in our passage for this week, Job 19:25-27. 

The only power Satan has is power that has been granted to him by God. You can never frustrate the counsels of God. You can only accomplish what you accomplish by working within God’s purposes. You may be trying to oppose God, but, nevertheless, you’re going to be carrying out his purposes. Satan got our first parents to sin, and there was a judgment. But what Satan did not see is that God is also gracious and chose to be gracious with our first parents, as he had not chosen to be gracious with Satan. So in carrying out his hatred against the Son of God, Satan actually accomplished God’s purpose in the atonement.