Job 19: 23-27
1 Timothy 3:14-16
Psalm 110: 1-5 This Psalm of David, in our English translations, is more confusing to us than the Hebrew texts were to the Scribes and Pharisees of Jesus day, and yet even they were completely stumped as to it’s meaning. Matthew 22: 41-46, Mark 12: 35-37, and Luke 20: 41-44 all describe the same event that happened in the life of Jesus, concerning this Psalm. (According to BHS Westminster morphology, and Ginsburg edition of Masorah, pp.105-15 there are two words of similarity concerning Diety, which are Adoni and Adonay, the first being a ‘master’, or ‘Lord’ in King James English terms, the latter being substituted for YHVH, or ‘LORD’ in KJV English terms.) The psalm states in verse 1, “YHVH says to my Adoni, (master) “Sit at my right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for your feet.” This is a reference to the Messiah. Then in verse 4 the text reads, “YHVH has sworn and will not change His mind, ‘You are a Priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.'” verse 5., “Adonay is at YHVH’s right hand; He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath. He will judge among the nations, ….” The point being, the Scribes of Jesus day could not understand, nor could it enter their minds, that the Messiah could be mortal man, and God also. David, wrote this Psalm under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and revealed that Messiah, (Jesus) would actually be both God and Man, not just a Prophet, or an anointed one, or a deliverer like Moses, but YHVH Himself, in the form of a Son. It is from passages like this that we formulate the concepts of a Triune God, God in three different persons, the Trinity, yet still one God. Jesus posed this passage to the sages of His day, who if under the leading of the Holy Spirit could understand, a Father, a Son, and a Holy Spirit, but if not Spirit lead, they could not understand. Jesus is both Adoni and Adonay, both master and God, both God and Man.
Job 19: 23-27 A testimony of Job, who writes, “I want my words written down, Oh that they were written in a book, or engraved on stone forever! “As for me, ‘I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.’ Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God; Whom I myself shall behold,” not my descendants, not my ancestors, not symbolically, nor figuratively, “Whom my eyes will see, not another, The thought of this makes me faint.” Job knew in his heart of hearts that God was his Redeemer, His Advocate, His Judge who was Just, and the Justifier of all who believe. He could not possibly tell anyone how it would work, but he knew that He would rise, and stand someday, to see His Savior.
1 Timothy 3: 14-16 To Timothy from Paul, “I may not make it in person to see you, so read this. There is a proper way to conduct yourself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the very pillar and the ground of the truth. By common confession, all agree, great is the Mystery of Godliness: “He who was revealed in the flesh: Was vindicated in the Spirit: Seen by Angels: Proclaimed among the nations: Believed on in the world: Taken up in Glory!”
Israel just could not understand that their coming Messiah, the conquering King, would show up on earth as a baby. They could not believe that this conquerer would be a suffering servant. They would not believe that the victory would be over sin, not nations. They could not understand that salvation was not for Israel alone, but for Gentiles also. Who could explain such a strange design as this salvation? How does the immortal, take on mortality? How does the Creator, become the creation? Only God!
As Job stated “I know that my Redeemer lives.” And that’s enough!