blaming GodAfter Job ends his rebuttal back at Eliphaz, Bildad the Shuhite steps into the fray.  Unlike Eliphaz, who spoke from human experience, Bildad comes at Job from human tradition.   He accused Job of speaking words of no more value that a strong wind, capable of destroying everything in its path (Job 8:1-2).  Bildad then takes the typically easy route to take when someone is in a crisis – blaming all that is happening on sin and punishment from God.  He says Job’s children were destroyed (by God) because of their sins, and that Job himself would not be suffering if he were righteous and prayed to God (8:3-7).  His defense to Job for his arguments was that this is obvious from human tradition and nature all around them (8:8-12).  To wrap this wonderful speech up, Bildad accuses Job of being a hypocrite who had forgotten God, since God would not destroy a perfect man, but the wicked shall be destroyed (8:13-22).

The problem with Bildad’s conclusions are basically the same as Eliphaz (and many people today)… an incomplete understanding of the character of God.  While the premise of God being fair and not wrongly punishing a righteous man is true, Bildad’s error was in his assumption that God was the One punishing Job to begin with.  Instead of seeking the real root of the attacks, Bildad jumped straight into condemning Job for sin and heaping guilt upon him.

In response – Job continues to prove that fact that he knew very little about God as well.  He states that although it was true that man could be justified before God, he had no earthly idea how that happens (9:1-12).   Either way, Job concluded that he would indeed pray and ask God for this seemingly unattainable pardon, yet next reveals that he was even doubtful that God would answer him (9:13-15).

If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.  Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.  For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, – James 1:5-7 AMP

According to James, when we ask from a position of doubting it is impossible to receive what we ask for from the Lord.  So Job’s situation is not only explained, but probably made worse by his weak stance on praying in faith.  All of this points back to his limited revelation (as stated from the start).

After this – Job then opens his mouth and continues his downward spiral by accusing God of a whole list of  things – none of which the Lord had done.

  1. He breaks me with tempest. (9:17)
  2. Multiplies my wounds without cause. (9:17)
  3. Will not permit me to catch my breath. (9:18)
  4. Fills me with bitterness. (9:18)
  5. Destroys the blameless with the wicked – (insinuating that he is blameless and God is unfair). (9:22)
  6. Laughs at the trial and calamity of the innocent. (9:23)
  7. Gives the earth into the hands of the wicked. (9:24)
  8. Blinds the judges. (9:24)
  9. There is no negotiator between God and man – (since God is unfair). (9:33)
  10. He threatens me with His rod. (9:34)
  11. Terrifies me with fear. (9:34)
  12. Condemns and contends with me, and does not show me the cause. (10:2)
  13. Oppresses me. (10:3)
  14. Despises & rejects the work of His hands. (10:3)
  15. Shines upon the counsel of the wicked. (10:3)
  16. Destroys me. (10:8)
  17. Has poured me out like milk. (10:10)
  18. Curdled me as cheese – (hate it when that happens!). (10:10)
  19. He hunts me like a fierce lion. (10:16)
  20. Renews witnesses against me. (10:17)
  21. Torments me until I cannot even take a little comfort. (10:20)

As we have seen – it was Satan who did all of this to Job… not God. (Job 1:12-19; 2:6-7). 

PLEASE DO NOT GET YOUR DOCTRINE FROM JOB OR HIS FRIENDS!

 

Be Fruitful & Multiply,

PK

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