Sunday, September 12, 2021
“He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch” (Job 42:13,14 KJV).
How are Job’s three daughters three keys to understanding Israel’s future?
The Book of Job opens with two separate occasions in which Satan stands before the LORD and asks if he can attack believing, prosperous Job. God grants Satan permission both times (1:6-12; 2:1-6). The first round of suffering involves Job losing his oxen and asses (donkeys) to Sabean thieves, losing his sheep to the fire of God falling from heaven, losing his camels to Chaldean thieves, and finally losing his seven sons and three daughters to a violent wind that collapses the building in which they were feasting (1:13-19). Only a few of his servants remain alive. The second phase of misery concerns Job undergoing a severe medical condition—a horrific skin disease with painful boils, among other symptoms (2:7,8).
For the next 29 chapters, Job and his three critical “friends”—Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar—debate as to whether his difficulties are the results of his sins. All four become increasingly aggravated and rude. Then, a fourth friend, Elihu, speaks in the following six chapters. Elihu has little spiritual insight, but it is more than they do! Finally, God—silent all this time—talks and reveals an Adversary has been working these past 35 chapters. In the end, the LORD restores Job, and he receives double what he lost (42:12)!
Originally, Job had seven sons and three daughters (1:2). As noted already, they died. Today’s Scripture—descriptive of Job’s life after his distressing trial—informs us: “He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.” Apparently, his children have been resurrected. His three daughters, now named, allow us to glimpse into Israel’s future. We see the Jewish believing remnant escaping Satanic oppression (Job’s troubles) and false teaching (his “friends”), and we behold their entrance into Kingdom glory and prosperity (his daughters). Through the eyes of faith, we now look into the ages to come….