“Do you want to know how great God truly is? If so, then you will have to discover how insignificant you truly are, and this means you will have to be brought low, perhaps to the deepest reaches of depression. But it will be worth it, and it will make you more useful to God as well, just as it did Job. Notice, for example, that at the beginning of the book we are told that Job offered sacrifices for his children and interceded for them (1:5). But at the end of the book Job’s ministry was expanded to include his friends (42:7-9). Thus he found that he was able to minister to the very friends who had let him down, and he was able to do so in a way he never could have had he not gone through the trials he went through. We are also told that Job received more blessing from the Lord than ever, after he had gone through all of his trials (42:12a).”
From a series at Reformed Baptist Blog on Depression.
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
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!
As we continue to look at the Sabbath we find something interesting, a noticeable lack of a mention of the Sabbath, or even rest, in many books of Scripture.
One of the oldest books is the Book of Job. Many Scholars feel that Job predates Abraham. Job whom the Lord actually brags about to Satan never mentions the Sabbath.
Job 1:8 (ESV) And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”
Job sacrifices offerings to the Lord, yet does not appear to celebrate a Sabbath.
Job 1:5 (ESV) And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.
Actually even, the only rest that Job talks about is looking forward to the rest of death or better yet in his mind the rest of having never lived.
Job 3:11-17 (ESV)
11 “Why did I not die at birth, come out from the womb and expire?
12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?
13 For then I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept; then I would have been at rest,
14 with kings and counselors of the earth who rebuilt ruins for themselves,
15 or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.
16 Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child, as infants who never see the light?
17 There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest
But this causes a problem because see if the verses in Genesis 2:1-3 mean that from that time men observed a Sabbath we have Adam through Abraham up to Moses with no record of observing a Sabbath rest. We also have Job who does not observe a Sabbath rest. But even more challenging is the fact that the Lord Himself calls Job “blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.” (Job 1:1)
We have Noah who was righteous and blameless yet he never observes a Sabbath. (Genesis 6:9)
We also have Abraham who “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” (Galatians 3:6)
Scripture records these blameless men’s sacrifices and their sin, yet no mention of observing the Sabbath. Those who say that man has always been supposed to observe the Sabbath are adding to Scripture something that is not there. As we saw in looking at Genesis 2:1-3 the Lord observed the rest upon the seventh day after Creation, not man.
Genesis 2:1-3 (ESV)
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.
3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
We also run into another difficulty. While we do not know the author of the book of Job, we do know that Moses wrote the first five books of “The Law”. We do not have any record that even man knew that the Lord rested upon the seventh day. That was not recorded in writing for us until the time of Moses. The Lord did walk and talk with man more before Moses yet no record of any discussion about the Sabbath.
So what do we do when others claim that the Sabbath was an everlasting covenant? Read the Scriptures closely. See what everlasting means and whom each everlasting promise was made to. Then look at the prophecy verses. Ezekiel and Isaiah both have prophecies that mention a Sabbath but we cannot look at OT prophecies without first looking at the NT and seeing what it says. Only then can we interpret the OT prophecies that may, or may not, deal with endtimes or that still remain in the future and whom these prophecies refer to. We cannot understand the future without looking at what has already happened. So what does Jesus say about the Sabbath?