Summary: A study of the book of Job chapter 42 verses 1 through 17
Job 42: 1 – 17
You’ll Love The Ending
1 Then Job answered the LORD and said: 2 “I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. 3 You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 4 Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’ 5 “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. 6 Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” 7 And so it was, after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has. 8 Now therefore, take for yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, go to My servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and My servant Job shall pray for you. For I will accept him, lest I deal with you according to your folly; because you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.” 9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did as the LORD commanded them; for the LORD had accepted Job. 10 And the LORD restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then all his brothers, all his sisters, and all those who had been his acquaintances before, came to him and ate food with him in his house; and they consoled him and comforted him for all the adversity that the LORD had brought upon him. Each one gave him a piece of silver and each a ring of gold. 12 Now the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys. 13 He also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first Jemimah, the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-Happuch. 15 In all the land were found no women so beautiful as the daughters of Job; and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. 16 After this Job lived one hundred and forty years, and saw his children and grandchildren for four generations. 17 So Job died, old and full of days.
How many times have you talked with someone about a movie you might be interested in seeing. I think we have all experienced this where the person who we are talking with tells us that they do not want to spoil it for us by telling us about the film. Yet, in addition, to this remark, on some occasions, they have commented that ‘You will love the ending.’ In the book of Ecclesiastes 7:8 we read this, “The end of a thing is better than its beginning; the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit”.
Our Bibles reveal a similar story. Our Holy and Great God created the heavens, the earth, and all that is in them in six days. In reviewing His Creation He said that what He saw was ‘Good’, and ‘Very Good’. Then in His Awesome Grace and Kindness He went up to Adam and said, ‘My son, all this I give to you.” All this good stuff was covered in just two chapters. So, as you know he disobeyed our Holy Maker. In His Love for us our Master then set out to right the wrongs that were done so that we could again have a fellowship and relationship with Him. We learn through 40 selected individuals writing through His guidance how all this came about. The significance for us was the realization that in order for this to happen there must be a blood sacrifice. There is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood. Since we could not do it on our own, our Lord designated an innocent substitute which was lamb. However, this only served as a temporary forgiveness. To complete this requirement once and for all our Loving and Holy God came to earth and paid the price of our sins by volunteering to give His life for us at the cross. So, when we now get to the final chapters of the book of Revelation, because of His shed blood and death on the cross and resurrection we can rejoice that the end is Great!
The words of Job justifying himself ended in chapter 31. We then read in chapter 40 where Job began judging and condemning himself. Though his patience did not have its perfect work, his repentance for his impatience had. He thoroughly was humbled for his foolishness and unadvised speaking, and it was forgiven him.