Job just doesn’t know how many friends he has. Now it is the turn of Bildad, and he has plenty to say to Job. He opens up by calling Job an old wind bag.
Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said, How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind? Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice? Job 8:1-3
Job has not claimed that God is unfair, but Bildad isn’t afraid to suggest that he has.
If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression; If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty; If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous. Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase. For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers: (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:) Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart? Job 8:4-10
We know Job prayed for his children, but this expert lets his mouth outrun his knowledge. He goes on to insist that Job is not righteous because of this curse. But he does unknowingly prophesy of an end better than the beginning. He seems to be telling Job to seek wisdom from his forefathers.
Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water? Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb. So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish: Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web. He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure. Job 8:11-15
Doom and gloom to the sinner this Bildad brings. He seems to reject Job’s innocence as fast as today’s computers reject our passwords. How do people get so much knowledge without benefit of any investigation or real knowledge?
He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden. His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones. If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee. Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers. Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing. They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought. Job 8:16-22
Bildad goes on describing the weakness of a sinner. The faithless seem green in season, but they are planted in rocks that will not remember after he is destroyed. But God would not reject a perfect man, nor help sinners (like Job).
Now you have lived with Job for a few chapters and have met a couple of his friends. Have they given you any testimony of the goodness of Job which God has previously testified of? God has expressed faith in Job, and Job does measure up in spite of his friend’s unbelief. Isn’t this going to be a fun trip through many more chapters of the book of Job?
Do you find resistance in the world around us? Do you know people like Bildad? When others are painting a picture of your low value can you see what God sees in you? How can self esteem outrank the esteem God has in us? Yet we are tempted to hear the negative words instead of the living word of Jesus. Are you an overcomer? About the people, who serve the accuser of the brethren; forgive them for they know not what they do.