In Job Chapter 17 we listened to Job rant to his friends and to God. Chapter 18 brings us Bildad. Will Bildad speak sense? Don’t hold your breath on it!
“When will you end these speeches? Be sensible, and then we can talk. Why are we regarded as cattle and considered stupid in your sight?” – Job 18:2-3
ROFL! Oh, I don’t know, maybe it’s because everything you’ve said so far is stupid?!?!?! I have to say that this might just be the funniest quote to a start a Bible chapter. We have many, many chapters to go, but so far this one tops the charts!
“You who tear yourself to pieces in your anger, is the earth to be abandoned for your sake? Or must the rocks be moved from their place?” – Job 18:4
Wow, Bildad really is this stupid. Job is not crying out in anger. He’s crying out due to intense pain and suffering. Anyone who wouldn’t do the same as Job is ignorant of what pain can do to an individual. And yes, you should be moving rocks to help Job. Doctors and scientists are figuratively moving rocks every day in an attempt to cure horrible and deadly diseases all throughout the world. Apparently Bildad thinks we should just let those in pain continue to suffer and die.
“The lamp of the wicked is snuffed out…” – Job 18:5
Bildad goes on to say a few other things on lights and wickedness and darkness. He’s stating that Job’s life is coming to an end because of Job’s wickedness and sins against God. According to Bildad, God has done no wrong. The fault is all Job’s. Bildad has gone off his rocker!
“He (the wicked one – Job in this example) has no offspring or descendants among his people, no survivor where once he lived.” – Job 18:19
And whose fault is this? Job once had offspring. He had descendants to carry on his name. Who took all of that away? God. God destroyed Job’s family.
“Surely such is the dwelling of an evil man; such is the place of one who knows not God.” – Job 18:21
This verse makes it clear that those suffering in pain must be evil. No way God would inflict pain and suffering on the innocent. Oh wait, Job was the “greatest man in the east.” He was the most innocent of men, yet God DID inflict him with pain and suffering. Furthermore, this verse is carried through into today’s society. Those under intense pain and suffering simply aren’t praying enough to God. If only they’d pray more and have more faith in God, He would lift all pain and suffering. What a joke. Disgusting.
Coming Soon: Job – Chapter 19: Job