I’ve been wanting to write a series of posts on the text-time the Bible gives women and why this is important, counter-cultural and an important insight into the personality of God. So, now I do it.
Jemimah, Keziah and Keren-Happuch
These three women are Job’s daughters. They were born after Job’s trial along with seven brothers.
The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters. The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. Job 42:12-15
- The daughters were NAMED, the sons were not.
- The author comments on the women, but excludes commentary on the men.
- Job, God’s golden boy, gave his daughters not a dowry (which transfers to her husband), but an inheritance: an income that belonged to her alone. They would not be depended on their brothers or their husbands, but be able to care for themselves.
This small commentary, I believe, is made because Job’s action was extraordinary. Women, in that ancient culture, were not given their freedom from men with independent financial security. If Job’s gift to his daughters broke cultural barriers, how about God’s?
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:28-29
To God, a woman is an independent heir, regardless of the men in her life. Regardless if she is single, married, a mother or a daughter estranged from her father, God’s daughters equally share in the eternal life and joys gained through the work of His Son, Jesus. God shows no favoritism to men. Job, who learned so much of God’s character through his trial, got it right.