Sunday, September 16, 2012

Job 25

Today's reading in our daily plan is Job 25. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

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 says no man can be righteous before God which is true apart from Christ (which our characters obviously knew nothing about since Jesus had not been born). However, it’s verse 6 that really sums up what was in the heart of Bildad; he calls all humankind maggots. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • 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 worthy enough to die for. Bildad and his friends thought they had some rather wise and thought out responses to Job. And they may have in worldly terms. However, often the ways of God are different from what ours are or what we would think God’s are. Just like this idea of; what is a human worth? Bildad and his friends would say, nothing. However, God values us enough to send his only son to live and die for us to be able to have a relationship with him. I’d say that means we’re worth an awful lot to God. 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Take a moment to think about our worth to God. This one truth can change everything in your life. It can change how you view God, yourself and others. God loves you so much that he was willing to die just to have a relationship with you. That’s really awesome news.