Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bildad's Question Job 25

Job 25:4 "How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?"

Chapter 25 is a short chapter but the question is very important. So with a perfect God, how can man measure up? He cannot alone. Since the sin in the garden man has been polluted. Man's best efforts would come from a sinful nature which can only produce things of a sinful nature.

God made a way for man to be justified before God. He sent his only begotten son, born of a woman, to take the penalty for the sins of the world upon himself and shed his own blood which was unpolluted by Adam's sin to pay the debt of sin we owed.

Bildad first magnifies the position of God and his perfect state in relation to other things and man which cannot measure up to that perfectness. Bildad left out many of God's characteristics. One is his love for us.

v5 "Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight."

I don't know about that statement but we will see.

v6 "How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?"

In the New Testament, Jesus often referred to himself as the son of man. Since He is the word of God, I know he was aware of Psalms 22 where David depicted the sufferings of Christ even though he did not yet know the mystery of the gospel.

Psalm 22:6 "But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people."

Isaiah 53:3 "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. v4 Surely he hath born our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted."

The answer to Bildad question is thus found in God's love and the lamb of God which 'taketh away the sins of the world'.

Without Jesus Christ, there is no justification with God. We would stand before the judge without a question of our guilt and no refuge. We would be guilty and our punishment would be justified. Yet Christ stepped into the world and said "I will pay the penalty for man's sin."

Speaking of Jesus in Romans:

Romans 4:25 "Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification."

Bildad's great question.

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