Readers who crave story Endings that surprise yet make sense, that tie recurring themes together, and that reveal the outcomes of the characters, while hinting at the future, will find
all this and more in the final chapters of the Book of Books.
First, let’s consider the end of the book of Job. In chapter 42, Job says to the LORD, “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted… Therefore I repent in dust and ashes.” And “the LORD restored the fortunes of Job,… and Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons and his grandsons, four generations. And Job died an old man and full of days.” (from Job 42:1-6, 10, 16-17)
Despite unanswered questions, this ending exceeds my expectations.
John describes, in the last chapter of his gospel, how Jesus appears on the shore before sunrise and calls to his weary disciples to cast their nets on the right-hand side of the boat. Although they don’t recognize him, they comply, and suddenly, their nets are so full they have trouble dragging them to shore. John says to Peter, “It’s the Lord.” (from John 21:4-7, emphasis mine)
I would have loved to hear the inflection in John’s voice and see the expression on his face—and on Peter’s.
At last, we come to the last pages of Revelation, which let us glimpse “a new heaven and a new earth,” where “God Himself… will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain.” Jesus says, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.” (from Revelation 21:1-6, emphasis mine)
P.S. Congratulations to all who read through the Bible in 2011!
It’s with a bit of nostalgia that I write this last Bible blog of the year. Thank you very much for your encouragement, my Faithful Readers. May the Lord bless you! In 2012, I plan to read through the Bible chronologically, write shorter and less frequent blogs than in 2011, and try out a new feature or two. Hope to see you then.
From December readings for Days 24 and 25
Zechariah 10-14 and Malachi 1-4
Job 41:12-34 and Job 42
John 21:1-14 and 21:15-25
Revelation 21 and 22