And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before…. And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. He had also seven sons and three daughters.
Job 42:10, 12-13
Job had lost it all.
His vast fortune wiped out overnight.
His seven sons and three daughters all killed on the same night.
He had been struck with some affliction that reduced his skin to festering and itching boils.
The only thing Job is left with is his wife and his life. And his wife told him to “curse God and die.”
And yes, I realize this is exactly how I started the last devotion!
We’ve come to the end of the Book of Job and the story it tells.
Job receives back double of all that he lost. Twice as many sheep, twice as many camels, twice as many oxen, and twice as many female donkeys.
Job is restored to the position he had before as “the greatest of all the people of the east.”
I presume his health is also restored.
Remember, this was never really about how wealthy Job was or how blessed by God Job was.
That was Satan’s accusation. That Job only believed in God because God had blessed him with tremendous wealth.
Satan was shown to be wrong when Job continues to believe in God and look to him as his Redeemer who lives even though Job lost everything but his life and his wife!
Job ultimately shows his belief and reverent awe (fear) of God by praying for and sacrificing on behalf of his friends.
God once again blesses Job with incredible wealth.
But wait a minute! Not everything God blesses Job with is doubled.
In Job 1:2 it says, “There were born to him seven sons and three daughters.” In Job 1:19 we’re told that all ten of them were killed at once when a great wind destroyed the house they were in.
In Job 42:10,12 it says that God restored the fortunes of Job two-fold.
Except for his children.
Job 42:13 says that Job and his wife are blessed with ten more children. Not twenty more!
But think of this: Job’s first ten children have been killed in this life. But as believers in God they would still be living! They are living forever in heaven!
When Job and his wife are blessed with ten more children, they have two-fold children! Ten on earth and ten in heaven!
This is a subtle yet powerful way of telling us that there is life after this life!
And that life is ours because our Redeemer lives!
Jesus Christ is our Redeemer and he lives! He had died on the cross, paying the penalty for all our sin. His sacrifice on Calvary was the redemption price that purchased and won us from all sin, from death itself, and from the devil.
You and I – as believers in Christ – will live forever in heaven! Even if we die on this earth, we will live forever!
This is the ultimate lesson of the Book of Job!
Blessed be the name of the Lord!
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