Vs. 1, “Then Bildad the Shuhite replied…” While Eliphaz talked more about the sinful aspect, Bildad focuses on justice (vs. 3). It was a pretty harsh thing to tell Job that his children died because of their sin (vs. 4)…while that might have been true, it was certainly uncalled for. Just like Eliphaz, what Bildad was saying wasn’t wrong…it was just his intepretation. He looked to the past (vs. 8-10) and figured he already learned the lessons of life. He also looked to nature and figured that the science of cause and effect taught about life.
Regarding application…Limiting God. Vs. 3, “Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?” Earlier this week, I was discussing with one of my former students about one of their courses they are taking in College. The course was about God and the professor’s interpetation of God. I think it’s a slippery slope when we put God in a box. Bildad took his experience and logic and assumed God worked in this manner. While we as Christians take steps to know God more through reading His word, prayer and church…we should be always humble in what we think we know. I find that I too need to be very careful in how I approach my understanding of God and how I teach His word. Let’s be careful to not limit the possibilities that God can do! “Jesus replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27).