You called, You cried, You shattered my deafness, You sparkled, You blazed, You drove away my blindness, You shed Your fragrance, and I drew in my breath, and I pant for You. Augustine
Job 42: 1-6 (The Message) Job Worships God –
I Babbled On About Things Far Beyond Me
Job answered God: “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans. You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’ I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head. You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking. Let me ask the questions.You give the answers.’ I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand—from my own eyes and ears! I’m sorry—forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise! I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.”
In the last chapters of the Book of Job, God stepped in to mercifully initiate communication with Job, who was struggling in his suffering. Hearing God personally, Job became aware that his previous knowledge of God was based on rumor and hearsay, void of personal encounters with God, lacking in an ongoing relationship. All during his ordeal, Job fought to understand God and wrestled with self-righteousness, pity and hopelessness, because his confidence in God was not developed by experience with God. He hung on to a thin thread of faith and hope, which were enough to cause God to intervene. As Job “sees” God for the first time, his awareness of God’s goodness and greatness, moved him to humble himself before God. God then abundantly restored Job.
Job’s restoration foreshadows blessings found in the Kingdom of God, established by Jesus Christ. As God redeemed and restored Job, and his friends, He gave instructions for a sacrifice, and a prayer by Job, for his friend’s behalf, so that they would not face what they justly desired. Jesus, later in history, became our Complete Sacrifice and Loving Intercessor, offering us redemption, and sparing us from what we justly desired.
The account of Job’s restoration mentions that God gave him, among many other things, seven sons and three daughters. The number seven represents, completeness, spiritual perfection and rest, all part of the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. It is interesting to note the recording of the three daughter’s names. The first daughter’s name was Jemimah, which means either Daylight or Dove. Commentators have suggested this was a testimony of Job’s plight from the darkness of suffering into the light of restoration. Daylight or a dove often represent the Holy Spirit. The second daughter’s name, Keziah, means cassia or cinnamon. Again commentators have attributed this as testimony of the sweet aroma of restored health, after the stench of sickness. Cinnamon and/or cassia are ingredients for compounding anointing oil, which also symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The third daughter’s name was Keren-Happuch, with a meaning somewhat harder to explain. Boiling it down, the meaning refers to a vivid black coloring used for painting the corners of women’s eyes, enhancing their beauty by creating dark eyes. God’s Word states in Isaiah 61:3 (KJV) –
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified
David, who was a man after God’s own heart, was noted for his beautiful eyes (1 Samuel 16:12). The indwelling Holy Spirit, the Third Being of the Holy Trinity, beautifies us, our eyes, with a radiance that reflects the joy and life He brings within us. We can experience all the blessings listed in the inspired meanings of these numbers and names, blessings provided by God, accessed by Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit.
One last thought about Job. The daughters were given an equal inheritance with the sons, something unheard of in that culture and during that time. I believe this points to God’s Kingdom life, offered by Jesus for all who are willing to receive it. Men, women, young or old, rich or poor, all have an equal inheritance through Jesus Christ. This isn’t addressing the biblical roles men and women need to follow, it is just stating we all have access to Jesus, as co-heirs, to the inheritance He has promised us, equal opportunity for a personal relationship with Him, to His Holy Spirit, with the ability to hear Him and to speak with Him, vessels empowered and made ready for His glory. There is much more to this inheritance, but again that’s many more blogs.
connecting, with love