Tidbit from the Book of Job

I don’t know how long ago the Lord granted me this little glimpse into the book of Job.  However, it was very comforting and helpful at the time.

Job 1:1-3 (ESV)

1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.
2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters.
3 He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.

Notice closely the numbers:

  • 7 Sons
  • 3 Daughters
  • 7,000 Sheep
  • 3,000 Camels
  • 500 yoke of Oxen
  • 500 female Donkeys

Now we all know what happens to Job in the beginning chapters of the book of Job.  Job loses everything in the above list.

Then we see at the end of the book of Job what happens.

Job 42:10-13 (ESV)

10 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.
11 Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold.
12 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.
13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

Job is given:

  • 7 Sons
  • 3 Daughters
  • 14,000 Sheep
  • 6,000 Camels
  • 1000 yoke of Oxen
  • 1000 female Donkeys

Notice anything?

One day I had noticed that Job was only given 7 Sons and 3 Daughters.  Why is that?   Job 42:10 says “And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”?   Then it hit me.   🙂  Wow!

Job did not lose his children!

They were just in a different place.  They were not lost.  Job would see them again!

And the Lord did exactly what He said He would do.

He gave Job twice as many children!


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