“Though your beginning was insignificant,
Yet your end will increase greatly.”
– Job 8:7 NASB
Job was a righteous man who suffered for “no earthly reason.” Because of this, he is a type – a foreshadowing – of the Messiah (Christ). Jesus of Nazareth suffered for “no earthly reason.” He was executed as a criminal…but no one could identify any crime He ever committed. Yet, as the book of Psalms prophesied on His behalf:
Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who would destroy me are powerful, being wrongfully my enemies…
– Psalm 69:4 NASB
At His crucifixion, Jesus had more enemies than He could count: Jews and Gentiles. Job suffered from some dread disease, while Jesus suffered from the cruelty of His fellow human beings. Both suffered without any immediately apparent explanation. We can, therefore, mine the book of Job for other parallels to Christ.
In Job 8:7 (shown above), one of Job’s friends has come to comfort him in his affliction. The friend recites to Job what was, or what would become, a proverbial word of encouragement. It was along the lines of “Though your life began modestly, you will be an impressive man in the end.”
This is a good wish we could have for every human being. Every human begins as a frail infant – even as an embryo, hidden from sight. Yet, the hope is that maturity will eventually be achieved, and, with it, significant accomplishments.
Such a wish was certainly appropriate for Messiah, who was prophesied to grow great in the sight of God and man. But Jesus’ life ended in a crucifixion – something painful and shameful. Or so it appeared. Followed by resurrection and ascension, Messiah’s ultimate “end” certainly did “increase greatly!”
Because of Jesus’ love, that prophecy now applies to you, me, and every other human being as well. Though we all began modestly, we shall end up in heaven – living as the angels do! Whatever Messiah was promised, we are promised as well.
Christ has defeated death, and we should live in light of this fact. To fear death is to deny the reality of the “end” He has promised us.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, thank You for the glorious future You have promised us. Thank You for delivering us from death. Instead of an “end,” You have made death a transition. Let us live today, and every day, in gratitude for this great kindness You have shown us…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.