After replying to Eliphaz and God in Job Chapters 6 and 7 respectively, Job is done talking. Now it is the second of Job’s three friends, Bildad, turn to speak and he immediately erupts at Job for questioning God.
“’How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind. Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?’” – Job 8:2-3
Those are fighting words! Apparently God does pervert justice and does pervert what is right. God is, after all, punishing the greatest man in the east even though Job has done nothing wrong at all. If there is evil in Job’s heart it is because God put it there, as we learned in Genesis.
“’When your children sinned against Him, He gave them over to the penalty of their sin.’” – Job 8:4
Oh, so now Job’s children were killed not because of Job, but because they sinned? Seriously? All of Job’s children sinned to such a high degree that they were worthy of death by God? Is the same true of all of Job’s servants? All of Job’s livestock? Sorry Bildad, but I’m not buying that. Where’s your evidence of these sins? And again, even if they all did sin, God is the one who placed evil in their hearts. God is the source of evil. I think Bildad needs to go back and read the early chapters of Genesis.
“’But if you will look to God and plead with the Almighty, if you are pure and upright, even now He will rouse Himself on your behalf.’” – Job 8:5-6
Another argument that God will heal if only the ill are pure in their thoughts and completely faithful to God. When that healing doesn’t come, well, I guess that person wasn’t pure enough or faithful enough. There’s a never ending pile of excuses when someone isn’t healed. Bildad goes on, basically saying Job has no right to question God.
“’Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless.’” – Job 8:13
This makes it clear that Atheists have no hope, but what is the definition of godless? Job is certainly not godless. He’s very faithful. His only ‘sin’ is to question God. Does that make Job godless. This seems to be the definition of godless Bildad applies. Next up is a statement proving Bildad needs to take a science class.
“’What he trusts is fragile; what he relies on is a spider’s web.’” – Job 8:14
Spider’s silk is extremely strong. Fragile is the exact opposite word you’d use to describe spider silk. Spider silk is five time as strong as steel!
“’Surely God does not reject a blameless man or strengthen the hands of evildoers.’” – Job 8:20
Actually, the Bible says exactly the opposite. God made sure in Genesis that there is no such thing as a blameless man. All humans are filled with evil and are full of blame in some form. Job is not blameless, but being the greatest man in the east, he is as blameless as they come. Yet God is rejecting Job. God also strengthened the hands of evildoers by giving Satan permission to cause pain and suffering in Job’s life. God does reject the blameless and He does strengthen the hands of evildoers. The Bible is very clear on this.
That’s the end of Job Chapter 8. Bildad does his best to shame Job by uttering a bunch of nonsense that is contradicted by Genesis and the early chapters of Job.
Coming Soon: Job – Chapter 9: Job