Job 42:9-17 “So The LORD Blessed The Latter End of Job More Than His Beginning”

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Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Job 42:9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.
Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Job 42:11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
Job 42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
Job 42:13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
Job 42:14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.
Job 42:15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
Job 42:16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.
Job 42:17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

Introduction

This study is the conclusion of the book of Job. When we first met Job, we were told he “feared God and hated evil, [ and] his substance… was… the greatest of all the men of the east”:

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Job 1:2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
Job 1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

Here is Job 1:1-3 in its New Testament form:

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

The same Lord who tells us that the church of Laodicea said of herself, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; [ when the truth is that you…] know not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” also tells us that in reality Job was a “vile” man who would contend with, reprove and condemn his own Lord and Maker when the time came to pour out the Lord’s wrath upon the kingdom of Job’s ‘marred, beastly, old man’.
Now only because “the seven plagues of the seven angels” have, in type, been poured out upon the kingdom of Job’s carnal- minded old man, Job, as the Old Testament type of each of us, has been made to finally confess and acknowledge that in reality he is not a perfect man at all but is a vile person, and it is he who has sinned against the Lord by contending with, reproving and condemning his own Maker. The severe trials, which we are plainly told God Himself sent Satan to inflict upon Job, typify the seven last plagues which we are also told are God’s wrath upon the kingdom of our old man, which must first be ‘kept’ and ‘fulfilled’ within the lives of all who would “enter into the temple in heaven”.

Rev 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

If indeed God “scourges every son He receives” (Heb 12:6), then it is quite understandable why “ no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.” The seven plagues of the seven angels have now, in type, been poured out on the self- righteous kingdom of Job’s old man. Job has now, in type, been granted by His maker to do what the Lord tells us all to do. He admonishes us to buy of Him that ‘gold’ which has been tried in the fire.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Then, and only then, is Job or any of us counted worthy to receive the double restoration, which is the symbol of the hundred- fold reward Christ has promised to those who give up this life for the life of the new man:

Mar 10:28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
Mar 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,
Mar 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

Job’s double restoration of his physical losses is the symbol of God’s spiritual, heavenly treasures and wealth. Double restoration is the Old Testament type of our spiritual rewards for being granted to be His first fruits, through whom all mankind will be brought to know God.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
Rom 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

As the story of Job demonstrates in type and shadow, there are very few who will endure the judgment of God while yet in these vessels of clay, and those few who do will be seated with Christ in the heavens, while like Christ, still on this earth in this “earthen vessel”.

Joh 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

“As He is so are we in this world” (1Jn 4:17).

Eph 2:6 And raised us up together, and seated us together in the heavenlies, in Christ:
Eph 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

So while the Laodecian Babylonians look forward to someday going to heaven, God’s elect are already seated with Christ in the heavens, even while “dying daily… in [ an] earthen vessel”:

1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
2Co 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
2Co 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
2Co 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

When the Father “raised up” Christ, He also raised up all who are in Christ, and He has already in the earnest of the spirit, seated us with Christ in the heavens even as we are yet in vessels of clay (Jer 18:4).

Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

It is in this state of being in earthen vessels and at the same time being seated with Christ in the heavens “sealed with the holy spirit of promise… the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession”, that we look back behind us and realize all we have been brought through, just as Job has now come to see “behind [ him]” the reason for all of His fiery trials.

Job 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
Job 42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Rev 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Rev 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Rev 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
Rev 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

We are told at the beginning and the end of the book of Revelation that the time is at hand to keep what is written in this prophecy:

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Rev 22:6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

But “those things which are written therein… the sayings of the prophecy of this book” are all just part of the “all things” which are ours as we are told by the spirit in 1 Corinthians. “All things… the world, life, death, things present and things to come… every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God… [ including] the seven plagues of the seven angels… are ours”, and until those seven plagues of those seven angels are fulfilled in our lives, we cannot enter into the temple of God in heaven. That is what is meant by “every man’s work… shall be revealed by fire”.

1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

“Things present and things to come” would surely include these things which must be fulfilled within our lives before we can enter into the temple of God:

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Where there is smoke, there must be fire, and here is the fire which produces this smoke:

Luk 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

That “fire” as we have already seen is Christ’s Words and His doctrine (Jer 5:14). That, in type, is what Job has endured through his fiery experience of losing all his physical possessions, including all his children, the torment of the false accusations of his friends, then via Elihu’s words spoken on God’s behalf, and now via God Himself. Now God is, in type, going to use Job as a savior of his three friends who had betrayed and had forsaken him and added to his pain by reviling him as he figuratively hung naked on his own cross, enduring the wrath of God upon His sinful flesh.

Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

That is exactly what happened to our Lord:

Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

It is all part of “every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”, and it is all ours to be lived out and to “bear about… the dying of the Lord… in [ our] bod[ ies]” before we can enter into the temple of God in the kingdom of God within us:

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
2Co 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

After 31 chapters we are told “the words of Job are ended”, and the words of God begin. In all those first 31 chapters Job was completely blind to the truth of Mat 4:4, 1Co 3:21-22 and Rev 1:3 and Rev 15:7-8, all already quoted. But now God has opened Job’s eyes, and he now sees clearly that God is sovereign over all the good and all the evil, and he now appreciates his own words, which were begrudging at first:

Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

As the “gold tried in the fire” (Rev 3:17) Job is now used as the type of those who will be the channel through which his still self- righteous friends will now be brought to Christ, “yet so as by [ the same] fire” which all men must go through before they can enter into the temple of God in heaven (Rev 15:8).
This book is just the briefest summary of what has taken place in the lives of Job and his three friends. The way this is worded it appears that the Lord merely spoke the word and Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, immediately repented, and they very likely did. Nevertheless this entire story of Job and his experience demonstrates that Godly repentance comes only after “the seven plagues of the seven angels has been fulfilled” and have been poured out upon the kingdom of our old man, and that principle applies to Job’s three friends who symbolize the “seed [ of] the serpent” who accuse and condemn our Lord and “His Christ”.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Rev 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

They, too, are self- righteous, and they, too, must have that self- righteousness burned out of them.
Here is the conclusion of the story of Job. Here is how “saviors arise upon mount Zion to judge the house of Esau (Oba 21):

Job 42:9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.

In placing three men in Job’s life to add to his torment, we are being told that our entire time of trial is all a process of being judged. It is of great significance that God’s acceptance of Job was contingent upon Job’s forgiveness of those who had proven to be his enemies:

Mat 18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
Mat 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
Mat 18:35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

But Job is the type of God’s elect who do in time forgive those who trespass against them and reap the good fruits of doing so:

Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

It is interesting to note that when Joseph’s trial was ended, he named his first son Manasseh, meaning ‘causing to forget’. Like Job, Joseph wanted to forget his trials. He named his second son Ephraim, which means ‘double fruit’, because ‘twice as much’ and ‘double’ typify the ” hundredfold rewards of those who are given to overcome.
The phrase “turned the captivity” is a way of saying that we are restored to our Lord. King David uses this same phrase in this way:

Psa 126:1 A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Psa 126:2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
Psa 126:3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
Psa 126:4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.

Christ expresses this thought in these words:

Joh 16:19 Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
Joh 16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
Joh 16:21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

Paul expresses the truth of this verse with these words:

Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint- heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [ Manasseh, we will be “caused to forget”] are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us [ Epraim, we will receive “double fruit”].

When we read “… the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends”, we are not being told that Job came to know God at the same time his friends did. No, judgment began at the house of Job, and if it began first at him what will the end be of Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar? The answer is that they, too, will suffer loss, and yet be “saved… by fire” just as Job experienced. But Job’s belief was through their unbelief, and they will now be shown mercy through Job’s mercy only after Job has prayed for his friends. We all go through this same process of judgment which this book of Job demonstrates is a type of the “one event” which comes to the elect as well as those who come to God through the mercy shown to them through God’s elect (Rom 11:30-31).

Ecc 9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.

Mat 18:35 tells us that Job, as the type of those who have the mind of Christ, “from [ his] heart” forgave his friends just as soon as he was made aware of the fact that “they [ knew] not what they [ were] doing”. That is the mind of Christ towards those who trespassed against Him:

Luk 23:33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
Luk 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

This attitude of mercy, towards those whose hearts are hardened by God Himself, is crucial to our own forgiveness and mercy from our Creator. When we know that all sin is the result of the law of sin in our members instead of our own will, we cannot hold those who trespass against us responsible for their trespasses.

Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

So Job, as the type of God’s elect, is gracious toward his “miserable comforters” because he now knows that while they did indeed condemn him, it wasn’t really they who had done so, but it was God who sent Job ahead of them to endure His wrath first and to become their Savior.

Gen 45:4 And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.
Gen 45:5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you, to preserve life.
Gen 45:6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.
Gen 45:7 And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
Gen 45:8 So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Now just like Joseph’s brothers who sold Joseph for twenty pieces of silver, and who eventually brought gifts to Joseph and who ate with Joseph in Joseph’s house, Job’s brothers and friends are all now doing the same to him:

Job 42:11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

“All the evil that the Lord had brought upon Job” is in accord with all the rest of scripture. The evil that befell Job, just as with Joseph, was all at the hands of the Lord who sends evil spirits as His own hand, as Job 1 and 2 so graphically demonstrate.
Here is this story in the book of Genesis:

Gen 43:26 And when Joseph came home, they [ his brothers] brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.

But why did his brothers, sisters and friends come back to Job when they did? They did so for the same reason they forsook Job. They did so only because God prepared their hearts to do so:

Pro 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.
1Ch 29:18 O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:
Psa 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear: King David tells us of the favor which will be shown to those who are faithful to the Lord to the end.
Psa 119:74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.
Psa 119:79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.

God has also given many promises to those who are His “overcomers” and His “firstfruits”. Here are just a few examples of the promises given to those whose captivity is turned by God:

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
Rev 2:28 And I will give him the morning star.
Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Job’s restoration is the Old Testament type and shadow of all the blessings which will come upon those to whom it is granted to value the things of the spirit and to tremble at the word of God.

Isa 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

It is only because God shows mercy upon us and softens our hard hearts by the pouring out of His wrath upon the kingdom of our old man first, as He did upon the kingdom of the first man, Job, that we are “restored”. But as the type of those who will be forgiven their sins in this age, Job is granted a heart that can receive and tremble at the Lord’s words:

Job 42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
Job 42:13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

“The latter end of Job” is an Old Testament type of our new man who is indeed “more… blessed” that our beginning as “marred… vessel[ s] of clay… in the hand of the Potter”.
We are tempted to wonder why Job’s wealth is doubled, but his family is simply restored to the original seven sons an three daughters, but when we remember that while his flocks will not be resurrected, his first ten children will be resurrected. So in that sense his family was also doubled. When we consider the spiritual significance of the Num 10, 7 and 3, we realize that his ten children, before and after his trials, symbolize all flesh of all time. His seven sons symbolize the completed salvation of all which was secured for us all before the foundation of the world, and the three daughters represent the process of our judgment and salvation through the church which is His body (Col 1:24).
This is made clear inasmuch as we were given none of the names of Job’s children who were given him before his destruction. After his symbolic salvation, only the names of his three daughters are given us. While the obvious message is that God will reward “a meek and quiet” woman, who submits to her husband, just as richly as a male who labors in the word, it is also obvious that these three daughters represent the bride of Christ, and their names indicate as much.

Job 42:14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.

There is no ‘J’ sound in either the Hebrew or the Greek. Consequently there is no symbol for that sound, and when we see it in names like Jehovah, Jesus, or Jemima it is always translated from the ‘Y’ sound. In this case Jemima is understood as coming from the Hebrew word ‘yome’ meaning ‘day’. Some say it means ‘hot day’, some say ‘beautiful day’, and some say it means ‘day by day’, but they all agree that the name ‘Jemima’ marks the end of the dark night of Job’s destructive, fiery trials. Like Joseph naming his first son Manasseh, “causing to forget”.
Kezia comes from “cassia,†an aromatic herb, which was the very opposite of the stench from the issue of his boils which covered him from his head to his feet, and the terrible breath Job told us about:
King David tells us that wounds stink:

Psa 38:5 My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.

And Job tells us his own breath was “corrupt [ and] strange”.

Job 17:1 My breath is corrupt, my days are extinct, the graves are ready for me.
Job 19:17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I intreated for the children’s sake of mine own body.

Kezia is a sweet smelling savor representing the sweet smell of the peace of our new lives after our own destruction:

2Co 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

What a blessing that we are given to be the smell of cassia to our Lord.
The third daughter is named Kerenhappuch which means ‘a horn of cosmetics’. It isn’t meant to tell us that this poor girl had to have makeup just to be seen in public, but on the contrary, we are being told that she and her sisters, all the type of the espoused virgin we are to our Lord, are so beautiful that there was no need for such things.

2Co 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

The fact that these three daughters of Job were given an inheritance with their brothers, tells us who they typify. They typify the spouse of our Lord who will also receive an inheritance as joint heirs with Christ as the heirs of salvation:

Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint- heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
1Pe 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

Truly God is no respecter of persons and will reward a faithful woman or wife with the inheritance befitting her submission to Him. That is what the scriptures call true feminine beauty and value.

Job 42:15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

“Fair” and “beauty” are inward characteristics which Christ is looking for in His bride, male and female. Blessed are we when we are not offended by this description of Christ’s wife:

1Pe 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
1Pe 3:2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
1Pe 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
1Pe 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1Pe 3:5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

We are not born with “a meek and quiet spirit”. We “put [ our] hand upon our mouth[ s]” only after we have been crushed by the seven vials of the wrath of God upon our carnal, loud mouthed, God condemning old first man Adam. As the bride of Christ we “adorn… the hidden man of the heart…[ with] a meek and quiet spirit”, and we just listen intently and tremble at the words of our Husband, Christ, “the Word of God”.

Job 42:16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.
Job 42:17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

If Job is a type of God’s elect, then his age, being “old and full of days”, is a type of our claim on immortality:

1Co 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1Co 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Seeing his sons and his son’s sons “even four generations”, would symbolize the whole of mankind; the number four always being connected with the concept of ‘the whole’ of what is under consideration.
In conclusion, this chapter which tells us of Job’s place in bringing his friends and his own family to God is the Old Testament type of this verse of Rev 20:

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

But the book of Job in an overall sense is the Old Testament type of how the seven plagues of the seven angels of Rev 15-16 are fulfilled in the lives of the self- righteous old first man Adam within the lives of God’s firstfruit elect through whose mercy all the rest of mankind will come to God through the fire of the lake of fire:

Isa 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
Isa 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

Job is the type of all who endure this “devouring fire” and these “everlasting burnings” first.

Psa 107:21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Psa 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

James gives us an apt conclusion to this entire book:

Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Next week, if the Lord wills, we will begin our studies in the book of Ecclesiastes.

Ecc 1:1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Ecc 1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
Ecc 1:3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
Ecc 1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
Ecc 1:5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
Ecc 1:6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
Ecc 1:7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
Ecc 1:8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
Ecc 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Ecc 1:10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
Ecc 1:11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

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