Bildad torments Job by his fixed belief in Job’s secret sin. “Can this be my friend? He knows me so little.” Consider 19:21,22 as advice on dealing with friends, whom you believe have erred. Job displays the faith of Abraham. 19:25-27 are a great testimony to the God of resurrection – many centuries before Christ.
Bildad just won’t let go! He is hanging onto the idea that Job has a secret sin, that he has done something specifically to deserve God’s wrath.
“Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous, such is the place of him who knows not God.”
And so it’s very interesting to see how Job responds.
It seems that now he is pleading with his friends, his voice breaking, desperately trying to convince them.
“How long will you torment me and break me in pieces with words? These ten times you have cast reproach upon me; are you not ashamed to wrong me?”
We see Job again show his clear belief that these events have come about because God has “… kindled his wrath against me and counts me as his adversary.”
Job is really grinding out his sorrow, plumbing its depths.
But it is not all bleak. Even in the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23) where Job surely is now, he maintains his faith in the Lord, and we have that most wonderful of proclamations.
“For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth.”
We know that our Redeemer lives, praise God! How good is that! In Jesus, our Redeemer, we have a sure and steady hope, one that the world cannot break or take away.