Double Time (Job)

In Job 42:12, God blessed Job with TWICE what he had lost in chapters 1 & 2. The number of livestock listed in this verse is double the number cited in 1:3.

However, in 42:13, God replaced the number of children Job had lost, 10, with only another 10. This begs the question, “Why double the animals, but not the children?”

I like how one commentator answers that question: “Because Job’s seven sons and three daughters he’d lost were alive & well waiting for him in heaven.”

Jesus told a grieving Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11:25-26). Oh, what a reunion that must’ve been when Job & his wife were met in heaven by the children they’d lost. Oh, what a reunion it will be for the rest of us as well. I love you, Jordan!


What’s in a Name? (Job)

“What’s in a name?” – Biblically, a lot.

The covenant name God used for Himself in the Old Testament is actually four letters, “YHWH.” (Scholars refer to it as a “tetragrammaton,” which, in Greek, means “four letters.”)

Vowels were later added to give us the name “Yahweh” which, when pronounced correctly, sounds like a breath. This more personal, “covenant” name, Yahweh, was used in the first two chapter of Job when we’re being introduced to the book’s primary character.

However, in chapters 3-37, when Job’s “friends” (with friends like these who needs enemies) are verbally beating Job up, the writer uses the Hebrew name for God, “El Shaddai,”  which means “God the Almighty”.

It’s not until God “shows up” in chapter 38 that, once again, the writer, inspired by God, returns to using the name “Yahweh.”

Here’s the implication:  this reminds me that, even in my most unspeakable pain & suffering, God is not only with me, He is INTIMATE with me.

Centuries later, God revealed His name on an even more intimate level in Jesus Christ, who is called “Emmanuel” (God is with us.)