Job's bad breath
Job's Bad breath
There was a wager in heaven about Job’s love for God. It was permitted that Job would loose everything he “had.”
When Job lost all his possessions and his eldest son’s home, he also lost his precious children and his servants. He grieved for them with his wife. All these people were missing to them, but they had each other and they had Job’s wife’s inheritance and servants for a new start. Job grieved, yet he thanked God for the time he did have his children and his good life. His wife grieved, but cursed God. Job was supportive for his wife as best as he could. She was downcast and could not forget or "get over it".
Then Job became sick with horrible sores, because there was an escalation of the wager in heaven. It was permitted that Job would loose his health.
“My wife can’t stand the smell of my breath,” said Job when he sat by the rubbish heap of where he had lived with his wife.
‘My wife can’t stand that I am faithful to God.’
‘She wants me to curse God too.’
‘She thinks it would be better for me to die. She doesn’t see any future for me, let alone for us.’
Job had everyone missing in his life when he was first at the rubbish heap.
“Those that I loved most have turned against me.” Job 19:19
His wife still had her servants and her friends, but missed her dead children, her former life and her helpful, healthy and loving husband. On the rubbish heap, to Job, Job’s wife and her household were not far away in the home he had lived in for many years. They only helped him minimally, and then while holding their noses. Job even scraped away at his own sores with a pot sheard, because they were not willing to dress his oozing wounds. He felt abandoned and betrayed. 3 “friends” came from afar-—they said nothing for a whole week and then they just talked and talked. God became quite angry with them. Job had lots of time to think...he wished he were dead, but didn’t kill himself. He thought about his family members. He thought about God. He never cursed Him. He thought about when and where he had sinned. He didn’t particularly praise God either.
He examined himself about adultery and invited a bold punishment: (Job 31:9)
"If I have been attracted to my neighbour’s wife,
and waited, hidden, outside her door,
then let my wife cook another man’s food
sleep in another man’s bed."
But he had not done that, since there was God’s testimony about Job in Job 1: 8.
(The Lord: ) There is no one on earth as faithful and good as he is.
He worships me and IS CAREFUL NOT TO DO ANYTHING EVIL.”
So we know that Job’s wife did not end up cooking another man’s food even in servitude or sleeping in another man’s bed.
When Job finally quit arguing with God, he said God,
“I will not try to say anything else.”
Then God showed himself to Job in his creation with questions and bold answers.
When Job had seen with his own eyes the wonders of the Lord, he was ashamed of what he had said and repented.
When Job praised God, Satan’s power over him stopped.
Job praised God starting in that horrible circumstance and must have prayed for himself and HIS WIFE first.
He prayed. He prayed about everyone.
He found out what happens with the laws of love. He found out what happens when you act on:
“Bless those that curse you. Pray for those that mistreat you. Pray for those that persecute you.”
Soon his wife was restored to him. He had no more sores. They had each other again. He prayed for his three friends. God showed them 'all they had done wrong' and what they should do. Because Job prayed for his friends, they were restored to him. He prayed for his brothers and sisters, his friends and servants. They were all restored and his riches too. Job forgave the very people who had “abandoned” him and they were restored to him one by one. It looks like NO ONE was missing to Job anymore, except those that had died before--his children and his 'oxen, donkey, sheep, camel and children's servants'.
But God provided. Job’s home, his wife’s house, was alive anew. SHE SHARED HER POSSESSIONS WITH JOB. It was 'his' house too now. He fathered children, of the same number and gender as he had before…with the SAME WIFE! (No mention of the death of his wife or a new wife!) He lived his new life well, acknowledging the past by thanking God about what he gave, accepting what was taken away, sacrificing for each person in his life and praising God for new gifts.
Job had seen that what was not his—namely his wife’s inheritance--"HER" POSSESSIONS--were not touched by Satan. That fact was important when he rebuilt his life. The extra gifts of his friends gave him "cash flow" and made it possible to repair, build up, buy back etc. The flow of Job's life showed him a plan for those left behind when he died at 140 years of age. He wanted all his children to have a good life. He never wanted them destitute. He wanted them to be a blessing to their relatives and friends. Job’s daughters were important to him too and he wanted to safeguard them. He wanted to provide for them as Job's wife's parents had done by giving their daughter a sufficient inheritance for a good life. And he did. AND GOD BLESSED HIS PLAN FOR JOB AND HIS FAMILY. 3 beautiful daughters are named and also received their inheritance from Job. (Job 42:15) Nothing unusual for loving parents throughout the ages and everywhere. Safeguarding so that no one would go "missing" in the children's lives because of creditors or preventable unfortunate circumstances. (You may click the link to see a "widow with children" creditor story.)
An inheritance may consist of teachings of faith, a positive disposition, people skills, knowledge of work skills, proprietary family secrets, contact list(s), intellectual skills, a formal education, special wisdom, special items, bonds, currency, a home and/or property. Anything of high value really.
It doesn’t say so, but Job’s wife must have ended up praising God when she saw what God did for her, Job, and their family. God does forgive when someone repents. God is great and can restore even to people like Job’s wife what was taken. She may well have seen her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren along with Job. (re: Job 42:16)
Since Job was faithful, good, careful not to do evil, and worshiping God, he 'not only honoured his parents', but he 'honoured' his wife, his children, his relatives, his friends, his workers...by praying for them AND by looking after them in the now and for the future. He helped bring about plans for good and not for evil. And the first commandment with a promise was fulfilled for him. (Eph 6:2; Ex 20:12; Deu 5:16) Job did live a good long life in the land provided with God's abundant blessings!
God's plans for Job and his family were plans for good and not for evil and God's plans definitely included the rightness of Job's sons and daughters to have and to enjoy their inheritance. That means that God's plans for us include the rightness for us to have and to enjoy our good inheritance. The writer of the book of Job, showed the importance in God's plan of this and our good inheritance by closing the book with it and the blessings of seeing grandchildren and great-grandchildren when we honour each other.
Comments that we might not deserve 'our inheritance', such as that we are not 'self-made', deserve no thought at all. None of us live in isolation anyway...who is it who can say, 'I am self-made'? Not even God made himself. We should be good stewards so that we and our children may live.
Lord, we pray about people who loose "everything". Let them praise you even in horrible circumstances. Show your being to them, so that no one will curse your name. Show yourself to them, so that many, many will bless your holy name, turn to you and have anyone or anything "missing" restored to them. Amen.