Job 25 Commentary
Bildad responds to Job’s well-placed argument by pointing to the awesome might of the LORD. Who can number his forces? Is Bildad telling Job to shut up because the LORD’s position is final?
We have heard this argument before: how can a mortal be righteous before God? But we are shocked because Bildad is still talking about it. If indeed no mortal can be righteous, why then has Bildad himself escaped punishment? All along, Bildad and his friends have argued the case that the wicked are always punished.
Bildad is pushing the argument that all men have sinned. He would easily be right if his name was Paul and his speech was addressed to the Romans. But he is talking about someone called Job who we know the LORD has declared righteous. Bildad’s argument, therefore, becomes the argument of many today who still think it is impossible for someone to be righteous. But if God declares someone righteous because of Jesus, so be it.
But what is the difference between Bildad and Paul? Paul is writing to justify the need for salvation through the righteousness available by the man Jesus Christ. Bildad on the other hand is writing to justify wholesale punishment from Heaven on humanity. Of course on everyone else apart from Bildad himself. We are wondering why he is not asking the LORD why punishment hasn’t landed on his head also since no mortal can be righteous before the LORD. This amount of simplicity is shocking!
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