The Spirit of God, at this time, seems to have powerfully wrought on the mind of Job. Here he witnessed a good confession; declared the soundness of his faith, and the assurance of his hope. Here is much of Christ and heaven; and he that said such things as these, declared plainly that he sought the better country, that is, the heavenly. Job was taught of God to believe in a living Redeemer; to look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come; he comforted himself with the expectation of these.
Job was assured that this Redeemer of sinners from the yoke of Satan and the condemnation of sin was his Redeemer and expected salvation through Him; and that He was a living Redeemer, though not yet come in the flesh; and that at the last day He would appear as the judge of the world, to raise the dead, and complete the redemption of His people. With what pleasure holy Job enlarges upon this! May these faithful sayings be engraved by the Holy Spirit upon our hearts. We are all concerned to see that the root of the matter be in us.
A living, quickening, commanding principle of grace in the heart is the root of the matter; as necessary to our religion as the root of the tree, to which it owes both its fixedness and its fruitfulness. Job and his friends differed concerning the methods of Providence, but they agreed in the root of the matter, the belief of another world.
“The resurrection of Christ is the Amen of all His promises.”—John Boys
Adapted from Matthew Henry