Women of the Bible can teach us a lot about the Christian life. Several women in the Bible show us the depth of God’s grace. Remember Sarah, Hagar, Rahab, Tamar, Ruth, and Bathsheba. But they’re three female names in the Bible very few people know but should know. The names of the three daughters of Job.
Societies celebrated in the Old Testament were highly patriarchal. It seems women were viewed as second class citizens in the Bible. Feminists are annoyed by this. And it arms atheists with reasons to dismiss Christianity. The Christian God is a misogynistic man, they say.
- Why are the names of Adam and Eve’s daughters not mentioned in the Bible?
- Why is the Bible quick to mention the names of women when they are involved in something bad; Tamar, Bathsheba, Noah’s daughters?
- Do men have kids on their own? Why are wives ignored in genealogies? Why are daughters not mentioned in the genealogies?
These questions are unsettling. And most women want answers. Christian women.
I know several women of the Bible who were strong and exemplary women, but I still had similar questions. The questions kept haunting me because of a troubling trend I noticed:
- Gender-neutral Bible- to accommodate women readers.
- Gender-neutral God- to avoid offending women and gender queer audience.
- Female God/Holy Spirit- to embrace maternal attributes of the Godhead.
Dear reader, brace yourself because what you’re about to read is going to shock you and send you into a frenzy. Don’t be ashamed to shout and jump as you read.
Two weeks ago, I was finishing up the book of Job, and I noticed something shocking.
The names of Job’s children before the calamity are never mentioned. Job 1:2, 4, 13, 18
Then comes chapter 42.
Are you ready to have your mind blown?
Here we go…
And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job… He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first daughter Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch. And in all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job’s daughters. And their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.
Job 42:10, 13-15
Did you see that?
They’re three things you need to note in this passage.
1. Why does the Bible only mention the names of women?
In patriarchal societies, ignoring your sons for daughters was scandalous. The writer of Job does exactly that by focusing only on the daughters of Job.
2. Can we learn anything from the names of these women of the Bible?
Jemimah- day by day- a picture of God’s daily grace. Keziah- the bark of a perfume that looks like cinnamon and Keren-happuch- the horn of antimony. It seems Job is saying something to you. Day by day remember; you’re not merely a perfume, but the bark were perfumes come from, you’re not only spice but the precious horn where spices are kept.
3. Why did the daughters of Job receive an inheritance
Job’s daughters received an equal share of the estate. Zelophehad’s daughters only received an inheritance because their father had no sons. It seems Job’s restoration meant the recovery of biblical womanhood.
Isn’t this a picture of what your restoration in Christ looks like? Amy Oden once said about Proverbs 31:
doesn’t say anything about her appearance or physical appeal. There is nothing about weight, shape, clothes, make-up or make-over, the sole topics of women’s worth if the current popular culture in America were to be believed. Has she achieved “younger-looking skin?” Does she “bulge in the wrong places?” Does she know “what not to wear?” We’ll never know.
The names of the daughters tell us why.
A restored woman is a sweet aroma and like honey in the presence of God.
4. God knows the name of every woman
Your name is listed in the book of life. Jesus Christ died so that all the Triune God can whisper your name with delight. You’re free to sing passionately with Tommy Walker in worship, “I have a Maker, He formed my heart. Before even time began, my life was in his hands. He knows my name…” God even has a tattoo of your name on his hand. Isaiah 49:16
5. Dear Woman, Do you know the Bible says you’re beautiful?
No matter what the media says or what society’s norms are, you’re beautiful. God’s works are wonderful. The stars in the sky and the mountains around, they all testify to one thing, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14
6. It’s true, the Bible says men and women are equal in Christ
The restorative work of the Cross has made men and women one in Christ. Anyone who believes in Christ has clothed herself or himself with Christ. For that reason, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:27-28
Gender neutral God, Bible or female God is settling for less. You’re more. The express image of God’s glory. You’re a restored creation and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.