(following comprises the final installation of the Saturday series on Secondary Illuminations of Scripture.)
In our last post, we noticed that Job as a type of Christ receives a double portion of all he had before his suffering and passes this on to both his sons and daughters. The Bible describes Job’s daughters as the most beautiful women of the land. Since the adjective used is rooted in being “bright,” “resplendent” might be a fitting poetic translation. The Bride shines with clarity and glory and all else that exists in God’s Light.
Could it be that our relational trials actually facilitate the conception, beautification, and birth of the most resplendent Bride in the land? Our shock at the pain stills us and creates moments for intimacy and formation. It provokes us to push with the anguish of intercession that Paul likened to labor (Galatians 4:19).