Bildad begins with a doxology. He’s a good example of deluded spirituality. He sounds spiritual, so that though many feel his teaching or leading is wrong, they don’t like to oppose him because that would seem unspiritual! Can you tell the difference between sounding spiritual and the real thing?
“… How much less man, who is a maggot, and the son of man, who is a worm!”
Job’s friend Bildad now gives a response that sounds very spiritual, and so people might feel bad opposing him.
Thankfully Job doesn’t think that way.
He gets stuck into his mate.
“How you have helped him who has no power! How you have saved the arm that has no strength!”
Job isn’t going to let Bildad get away with saying words that seem spiritual but have no grounding in the reality of this world.
Job’s friends have spoken some truth across the last 20-odd chapters. And here Job affirms the long-term nature of God’s judgement on evil men. That there is no future in evil, that wealth and power and fame will be taken away in the end.
Job is wrestling with why bad things happen. He has brought his complaints before the Lord.
We can do this.
But as Job does, we need to also remind ourselves of the end of things.
What does our end on this earth look like?
On the final day, at the last trump, we are either righteous in God’s eyes or we are not.
And for us humanity from beginning to the end of time, sinful from the womb, we need a righteousness we cannot attain ourselves!
We need Jesus!
* Father God,
Thank You for Your rescue and deliverance that we find in You the Son, Jesus the Christ, submitting unto death on a cross.
Thank You for His righteousness that can be ours, if we are found in Him.
Please forgive us Lord for our sin.