James 5:11 KJV
Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
The Bible tells us we have seen the end of the Lord. Our example is that of Job. He suffered terribly. He went from having everything to having nothing but his faith, and that was tested. Yet the story of Job has him ending in circumstances twice as good as they were in the beginning.
His story can serve as a type of the whole human experience.
Man began with everything.
Adam and Eve lived in the
. They had each other, they had food
aplenty and they had a relationship with God. Garden of God
Through sin, man lost everything
· They were driven from the garden
· They were ashamed before each other and
· They had broken their walk with the Lord
In Christ man receives it all again
· We are sons of God
· We are heirs with Christ
· We are kings and priests unto God and
· We will one day dwell in a place far richer than was the garden
One of the problems we create in our interpretations of the account of Job is believing that Job's earthly end is promised to us all. What is promised is an end even greater than Job's. We have heaven awaiting us.
We have seen the end of the Lord. We have seen the promise of God. What we have seen though, is not an earthly reward (as was Job's) but a heavenly one ( as is illustrated by Job's).