Job

Job lived 140 years after losing everything i.e. his family, servants and property.

It took God 140 years to restore to Job all he had lost.

God gave Job 14,000 sheep after Job had lost all his sheep. Sheep have a gestation period of about 5 months and a life span of about 10 years. This means Job had an average of 100 sheep being born to him every year for the rest of his life and about 1,000 sheep dying every 10 years. He therefore may have had about 20 sheep to start life with the second time.

God gave Job 6,000 camels after Job had lost all his camels. Camels have a gestation period of 13 months and a life span of 40 years. This means Job had an average of 40 camels being born every two years and about 150 dying every 40 years if he had 150 camels to start life with again.

God gave Job 1000 teams of oxen and 1000 female donkeys after Job had lost all his oxen and donkeys. This is about 2000 oxen. Cows have a gestation period of 9 months while donkeys 12 months. The lifespan of a cow averages 15 years while for a donkey its 30 years.

God gave Job seven more sons and three more daughters after he lost all children. It is proper to assume Job did not marry another wife as Job 42:15b says Job treated his daughters as equals with his brothers, providing the same inheritance. This is radical for a patriarchal society.He possibly therefore valued the one husband-one wife union to a polygamous union.

For this reason assuming he had shingles and therefore healed after a month to have sexual relations with his wife, it may have taken about 10 years for his children to be born.

We serve a slow God.

Originally posted by Alex Shianda

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