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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Job

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FRAMEWORKS: Job 8 : Bildad (1/3)

 

v.1-4 God is righteous and so maintains justice always

v.5-7 Coming to Him with a right attitude will mean you will be restored

v.8-10 Previous generations will testify to this

v.11-13 As there are laws of nature, so there are also moral laws

v.14-19 The hope of the godless is futile

v.20-22 God honours the blameless so He will honour you.

 

[Preliminary Comments: The second of Job's three ‘friends' now speaks up, initially in a somewhat forceful manner yet he has a number of truthful things to say. Sadly what is lacking is compassion and care and empathizing with Job in his anquish.]

 

v.1-4 God is righteous and so maintains justice always

 

v. 1  Then Bildad the Shuhite replied: 

v.2 “How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind. 

v.3 Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right? 

v.4 When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin. 

 

[Notes: Grumbling against God is folly because He is perfect and always does what is right and just.]

 

 

v.5-7 Coming to Him with a right attitude will mean you will be restored

v.5 But if you will seek God earnestly and plead with the Almighty, 

v.6 if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state. 

v.7 Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be. 

 

[Notes: Repentance will bring restoration and blessing.]

 

 

v.8-10 Previous generations will testify to this

 

v.8 “Ask the former generation and find out what their ancestors learned, 

v.9 for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow. 

v.10 Will they not instruct you and tell you? Will they not bring forth words from their understanding? 

 

[Notes: We know these things are true as we see they were worked out in our ancestors.]

 

 

v.11-13 As there are laws of nature, so there are also moral laws

 

v.11 Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water? 

v.12 While still growing and uncut, they wither more quickly than grass. 

v.13 Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless. 

 

[Notes: Look at nature and you see laws at work. Similarly there are spiritual and moral laws so the godless will fall.]

 

 

v.14-19 The hope of the godless is futile

 

v.14 What they trust in is fragile ; what they rely on is a spider's web. 

v.15 They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold. 

v.16 They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden; 

v.17 it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks and looks for a place among the stones. 

v.18 But when it is torn from its spot, that place disowns it and says, ‘I never saw you.' 

v.19 Surely its life withers away, and from the soil other plants grow. 

 

[Notes: The godless have blind faith which is shown to be no faith and so what they trust in collapses under them.]

 

 

v.20-22 God honours the blameless so He will honour you.

 

v.20 “Surely God does not reject one who is blameless or strengthen the hands of evildoers. 

v.21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. 

v.22 Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more.”

 

[Notes: Because God blesses the blameless, He will bless you.]

 

Lessons:
1. There is a lot of truth in this chapter yet it is spoken in the absence of concern and compassion, the two things Job needs most. Beware ‘having to be right' in the absence of empathy.

2. Yes, a man reaps what he sows (Gal 6:7) and repentance is the way back to God, (1 Jn 1:9) and God does look to work for the good of His children (Rom 8:27) but perhaps the underlying lesson of this chapter – seen in the light of chapters 1 & 2 – is that we are not to rely on the law but on a living relationship with the Lord, where we trust in His grace and mercy which always are forthcoming but can never be demanded.]

  

 

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