June 8, 2007
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- Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days?
- Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof.
- They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge.
- They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together.
- Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.
- They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked.
- They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold.
- They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter.
- They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor.
- They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry;
- Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst.
- Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
- They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof.
- The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief.
- The eye also of the adulterer waiteth for the twilight, saying, No eye shall see me: and disguiseth his face.
- In the dark they dig through houses, which they had marked for themselves in the daytime: they know not the light.
- For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death: if one know them, they are in the terrors of the shadow of death.
- He is swift as the waters; their portion is cursed in the earth: he beholdeth not the way of the vineyards.
- Drought and heat consume the snow waters: so doth the grave those which have sinned.
- The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.
- He evil entreateth the barren that beareth not: and doeth not good to the widow.
- He draweth also the mighty with his power: he riseth up, and no man is sure of life.
- Though it be given him to be in safety, whereon he resteth; yet his eyes are upon their ways.
- They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low; they are taken out of the way as all other, and cut off as the tops of the ears of corn.
- And if it be not so now, who will make me a liar, and make my speech nothing worth?
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- Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
- Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places.
- Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise?
- How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
- Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.
- How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?
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- But Job answered and said,
- How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?
- How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?
- To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?
- Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.
- Hell is naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.
- He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.
- He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them.
- He holdeth back the face of his throne, and spreadeth his cloud upon it.
- He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.
- The pillars of heaven tremble and are astonished at his reproof.
- He divideth the sea with his power, and by his understanding he smiteth through the proud.
- By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.
- Lo, these are parts of his ways: but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand?
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- Moreover Job continued his parable, and said,
- As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul;
- All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;
- My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.
- God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
- My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
- Let mine enemy be as the wicked, and he that riseth up against me as the unrighteous.
- For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul?
- Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him?
- Will he delight himself in the Almighty? will he always call upon God?
- I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.
- Behold, all ye yourselves have seen it; why then are ye thus altogether vain?
- This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty.
- If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with bread.
- Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.
- Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;
- He may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.
- He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper maketh.
- The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.
- Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
- The east wind carrieth him away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place.
- For God shall cast upon him, and not spare: he would fain flee out of his hand.
- Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.
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- Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.
- Iron is taken out of the earth, and brass is molten out of the stone.
- He setteth an end to darkness, and searcheth out all perfection: the stones of darkness, and the shadow of death.
- The flood breaketh out from the inhabitant; even the waters forgotten of the foot: they are dried up, they are gone away from men.
- As for the earth, out of it cometh bread: and under it is turned up as it were fire.
- The stones of it are the place of sapphires: and it hath dust of gold.
- There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the vulture's eye hath not seen:
- The lion's whelps have not trodden it, nor the fierce lion passed by it.
- He putteth forth his hand upon the rock; he overturneth the mountains by the roots.
- He cutteth out rivers among the rocks; and his eye seeth every precious thing.
- He bindeth the floods from overflowing; and the thing that is hid bringeth he forth to light.
- But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding?
- Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living.
- The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.
- It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
- It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
- The gold and the crystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
- No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls: for the price of wisdom is above rubies.
- The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.
- Whence then cometh wisdom? and where is the place of understanding?
- Seeing it is hid from the eyes of all living, and kept close from the fowls of the air.
- Destruction and death say, We have heard the fame thereof with our ears.
- God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof.
- For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven;
- To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure.
- When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder:
- Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out.
- And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
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Job's three friends have said some very unkind things to Job over the previous chapters of this book. In addition, they have made some theological statements that are not entirely accurate, and they have drawn some conclusions that were not correct. However, in Bildad's short comments in chapter 25 we find some great truths, and a questions which leads to perhaps the greatest truth of all.
In verses 2-3 Bildad states,
"Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places. Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise?"
Here he points out a few aspects of the majesty and power of the Almighty God. God has complete and total dominion over the universe. He is the absolute Sovereign, and all the world must bow before Him. Daniel 4:35 echoes this principle:
"And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou."
In addition, He deserves the fear and the respect of the world, for He holds it all together and it is only by His grace that it continues to exist. He is not only the Judge of the universe, but He is also the source of all peace, for the Lord states in Isaiah 57:18-19,
"I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him."
He has a heavenly army without number which will do His bidding, and since the sun that He created lights the path of every man that he created, He is clearly in control of all.
Having revealed the greatness of the Lord, Bildad asks an important question:
"How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?" (4).
God is holy and sovereign, and is the final Judge of all. How can a human being hope to be declared righteous by Him? Bildad mentions that God is far greater than the moon and the stars, and since they are so much greater than man, how can man ever hope to be acceptable, since at his best man is simply an insignificant worm? David said much the same thing in Psalm 8:3-4,
"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?"
How can the man which has just been described be declared innocent by the God which has just been described? This is Bildad's question, and it is the most important question that a man can ask.
Obviously, there is nothing that the worm can do to measure up to the standards of the King. However, there is something that the King can do. The King sent His Son to die for the worm. Paul tells us in Romans:
"Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (3:24),
"Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him" (5:9),
"Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification" (4:25),
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (5:1).
Jesus Christ became flesh and died on the cross so that we through faith might be justified. Ephesians 1:6 tells us that this makes us "accepted in the beloved", and allows worms to become children of the King.
Bildad's question still resounds today. The only answer is found in repentance of sin, and faith in the only-begotten Son of God's sacrifice for sin. I hope you have claimed the answer for yourself.
Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery