SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- In this chapter Bildad finally gives a short response to Job. This is the last of the responses we hear from Job’s three companions.
- Bildad actually gave no direct response to Job’s discourse. Instead, Bildad repeats what had already been said earlier by Eliphaz.
- Bildad is kind enough to refer to all humankind as “maggots.” Bildad had a very poor image of human beings, an image that God does not share. Bildad essentially saw humankind as worthless while God sees us as worth enough to die for.
- Our fellow humans do not always know best. Bildad spoke with confidence, and he thought he knew what God was like. However, he was wrong. God loves people and wants others to follow him.
- We need to make sure that our image of God is defined by what the Bible says about him, not what culture (or even people around us) may say about him.
- To do this, we need to spend regular time reading the Bible and grow our faith through regularly attending church.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Could you find an additional 10, 15, or 30 minutes each week to spend more time in the Bible? Or could you make church a more regular part of your life, maybe by attending more weekends per month, or by volunteering? The more we immerse ourselves in God's word and his mission, the more clearly we'll be able to understand him in the midst of situations that might be confusing to people who don't know God.