Day 5 – Job 6-10
Bildad’s words are harsher than those of Eliphaz. He more directly chastises Job for speaking against God as he does. Showing that he does care for Job, though, he mixes this with what are meant to be words of comfort by saying that if Job responds properly to God, if he repents of whatever sin brought this on and resumes a righteous life, then God will surely bless him and return all that was lost.
Job gives an excellent understanding and description of God’s power. He recognizes God as Almighty and sovereign. He realizes even as he asserts his innocence, that no one is completely sinless and admits that there may be some fault in him. Yet he feels there is no justification for this great punishment and longs for a way to plead his case before God. He wants a way that he can lodge his complaint and plead his case so that his torment will let up and his friends can realize he is truly innocent. Job even wishes for a mediator to stand on his behalf before God.
Job’s situation is much like all of us. Though we think ourselves innocent and most are generally good, we are not completely blameless before God. Though we feel the trials we face are at times unfair, we also have to realize that we are not completely innocent. We might at times wish we had someone to plead for us before God and help bring an end to suffering. WE DO HAVE A MEDIATOR! Jesus, ultimately, will and does stand in our stead before God. We will be shown mercy because of His righteousness. And his testimony, His righteousness applied to us, will grant us acquittal before God’s holy judgment seat.
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Donovan Campbell, pastor of Greenville Presbyterian Church in Donalds, SC.