Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Bildad Speaks Again Job 18

Job 18:2 "How long will it be ere ye make an end of words? mark, and afterward we will speak."

Tell us when you are finished and we will speak, says Bildad. I do not see evidence that it would make any difference.

Bildad still charts out the wickedness of Job and the penalty of the same.

In a way, Bildad is correct. We are all sinners. In this case, it does not seem the time to point out Job's faults. Job is in great distress and it is a time for comforting a friend. But he continues:

v5 "Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine."

These words bring out the best in Job's responses. We will see them in the next chapter.

Bildad wraps it up with hopelessness: v20 "They that come after him shall be astonished at his day, as they that went before were affrighted. v21 Surely such are the dwellings of the wicked, and this is the place of him that knoweth not God."

You know, these speeches of Job's 'friends' sound much like someone trying to impress someone with how smart they are. They do hold truth but not all the truth. They do hold wisdom but only one side of the issue. If they only knew the whole picture they would feel very ignorant.

David prayed much for the destruction of the wicked until he found himself among those who might sin. In Psalm 40 verse 2 we see his condition and his redemption:

Psalm 40:2 "He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings."

Bildad Speaks again.

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