2017-11-01 - Turning Captivity
According to the Companion Bible KJV (with notes by J.W. Bullinger) the phrase turning captivity (in the verse of Job 42:9-11) equals turned the fortunes. It does not refer to “a” captivity or captives, but to a restoration to blessing. So, in my words, it is a figurative phrase to explain how we are spiritually restored to God.
“So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the Lord commanded them: the Lord also accepted Job. And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.” (Job 42:9-11)
God’s promise of spiritual restoration is highly comforting to me, of late. It will wipe away not only tears, but miscommunication, inconsideration, unrelenting physical pain and suffering, broken hearts, broken spirits, exhausted bodies, disappointed hearts, and endless speculation about what is truly meaningful regarding existence. Due to His pending arrival and the Lord turning the captivity, I feel my purpose as I turn my feet toward the floor every morning, while getting out of bed.
What’s your purpose?
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.