Job's Adversity and Restitution
The story of Job, Prophet of Uz, a contemporary of Abraham and
Melchisedec, is full of interest to Bible students. Not only the facts,
but their typical significance, interests us, when we learn that Job's
experiences represented the fall and rising again of humanity.
Job was wealthy, honored and prosperous. Suddenly
disaster came upon him. A bolt of lightning struck the house where his
sons and daughters were having a birthday party. They were all killed.
Then he lost his sheep, asses, goats, camels and herds. Under the stress,
he lost his health and broke out with boils from head to foot. Next he
lost his friends, who declared that all this meant his utter repudiation
by God. Finally, his wife turned against him and said, "You are
cursed of God; I wish you would die!" Poor Job wished the same and
prayed, "O that Thou wouldst hide me in Sheol [the tomb] until Thy
wrath be past; that Thou wouldst appoint me a set time and [in
resurrection] remember me." (Job 14:13.) Messiah will fulfil this
All of this loss of health, strength, friends and wealth taught Job
valuable lessons. Similarly, poor humanity is learning important lessons
of its need of Divine care.
Under God's providence Job was restored to prosperity, health, etc. He
got back just as many children, twice as many oxen, sheep, camels and
asses. Bible students tell us that it ultimately will be so with humanity,
according to the Bible; that the curse of sin and death will be
removed--that instead the blessing of God will flow down upon the human
family for a thousand years, giving back life to all who have gone down
into death, and multiplying the blessings of the Earth more than double.
This lesson is further illustrated in Israel's Jubilee Year, when all
debts were canceled and the people returned to their original possessions.
(Leviticus 25:13.) This typed the period referred to as the "Times
of Restitution."--Acts 3:19-23.
Israel's Jubilee Typed Restitution