Did you know that in the book of Job in the Bible, God gives Job back double of everything he lost?
Except for his children.
He lost 10 children, and he got back 10 children.
Or did he?
Just like in the poem We Are Seven, maybe they never went away.
I was studying the Old Testament book of Job recently, and one of the commentators picked up on a detail that I had never noticed. At the beginning of the book, Job loses everything—his wealth, his livestock, his family. At the end of the book, we are told that God gives back to Job a double portion of everything that had been lost—twice as many animals, twice as much wealth. But Job gets back only the same number of children. Job lost ten children, and he’s given back ten children at the end of the book. Why is that? Perhaps because Job still had his original ten children. Perhaps they were not permanently lost. Job was not with them for a time, but maybe he will be reunited with them in heaven for all time.