Job’s Daughters

Job is an unusual book of the Bible. In the first small section, it is as if the veil between the seen and the unseen is briefly pulled back and we are allowed a look into a long-running battle. Paul refers to this enemy in Ephesians 6 calling it a struggle against “world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” He goes on to exhort that we “take up the full armor of God” in order to resist and “stand firm.” I believe Job shows that he has the full armor of God. True, he did not know Who would bring his salvation or redemption, or how this would be brought about, but Job understands what he needs and trusts that God will provide.

The story of one man’s place in this battle ends with Job on his face, stripped of everything, broken in body and pride, humbled before a God who reveals a portion of His strength, mind, and absolute sovereignty. These revelations cause Job to praise God and to acknowledge that God’s works are “too wonderful for me.” (42:3)

Did you know that there is a lovely little ‘girl story’ at the end of Job?

God restores the fortunes of Job and his family with additional children, seven sons and three daughters. Scripture then records, not the names of the sons but, the names of the daughters! “He named the first Jemimah, and the second Keziah, and the third Keren-happuch. In all the land no women were found so fair as Job’s daughters; and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers.” (42:14-15)

Peace

Stop to think about this: the daughters’ names mean peace, fragrance, and beauty. Job endures suffering in loss and destruction, false accusations and assaults on his character, and the wasting of his body in sickness and disease. Paul writes in Romans 5, “we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (5:3-5) Job proved this to be his testimony when he named his daughters Peace, Fragrance, and Beauty.

Where did Job’s strength to persevere come from? Where did he get his armor? Job is not a book to pull ‘proof texts’ out of because unless you go into the text, you do not know who is speaking. This is important as Job’s friends exhibit a limited understanding of who God is and what He does. Reading the book as a whole shows us that Job’s friends discuss God amongst themselves and speak from their limited understanding, but Job is the one who speaks to and questions God directly. When Job hears from God, he shuts his mouth and seeks God’s instruction. I think there is something to ponder about that.

Beauty

Throughout Job, he is granted amazing insights into the future God has established for the victory over darkness and evil. Job knows that his sins are sealed up by God (14:17); he has a Witness and an Advocate before God (16:19); his Redeemer lives and he will someday see God in a resurrected body (19:25-27). At one point he asks, “Lay down, now, a pledge for me with yourself, who is there that will be my guarantor?” (17:3) We know that God had this already planned. Paul writes, “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge.” (2 Corinthians 1:21-22)

Fragrance

For those who believe in Christ, that He is our witness, advocate, redeemer, sacrifice, God is Father. Job gave his daughters the names of

Peace, Fragrance, and Beauty, and provided shares of the inheritance. Our Father God gives us peace, fragrance, and beauty. We have a guarantee sealed in our hearts that assures us of victory over darkness and evil – a total future victory and a hope for daily walk in victory over sin.

Father God, please bring Peace, Fragrance and Beauty out of my life today. Thank you for my inheritance, now and forever. Amen.

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