Jan. 16. Bildad Speaks; Job Replies

Job 8:1-10:22

When a person is down, he needs his friends to pick him up. Job was down, but the words of Bildad the Shuhite did not comfort him. Like Eliphaz, he harshly placed the reason for Job’s misfortune upon the sins that he obviously had committed. Even his children’s deaths were supposedly caused by their sins. He reasoned that God is just and would not allow evil to overcome those who were faithful to Him. Even in nature, there are direct consequences from adversities such as drought or other conditions. Bildad reasoned that if Job would repent and seek God, his life would again be blessed. However, he did not recognize that bad things do sometimes happen to good people. Conventional wisdom from previous generations truthfully stated that for the righteous everything would ultimately be good. The apostle, Paul taught that same principle when He wrote, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28) When in the midst of adversity, it is difficult most times to see how that could be, but eventually in God’s time, it happens. We should listen and learn from the wisdom of past generations.

Job agreed that God is a just God, but defended his own righteousness. He also recognized the Lord’s supremacy and his own weakness. One may wish to challenge God, but he would be facing an impossible task. Even though blameless, Job knew that he could not prevail against the righteous Judge. God is not a man; therefore, we do not answer Him as such. Job then wished for a mediator to plead his case before God, but there was none. He must plead for mercy. FAST FORWARD TO THE PRESENT. We do have such a mediator in Jesus the Christ. “Therefore I exhort…For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all…” (I Tim. 2:1-5)

As he continued his response to Bildad, Job recited to him further thoughts toward God. He questioned what his sins were and why God would allow him in his righteousness to be condemned. Job had begun to equate God’s justice with man’s justice. He even doubted God’s love for His creation. Job seemed to be in a no-win situation. If he sinned, he would be punished and he was suffering misery in his righteousness. He again lamented the very fact that he did not die at birth. That would have prevented the life of pain that had enveloped him. He then begged to escape to the darkness of the grave.

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