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Holier than thou - Part 2

Friends of Job - Part 2 Bildad the Shuhite continues his friends’ analogy that these events in Job’s life had to be evidence of sin. Here are his arguments:

1. Suffering reveals an impure heart.

Job 8:6 “If thou wert pure and upright;

surely now he would awake for thee,

and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.”

2. Suffering reveals hypocrisy.

V13-14 “So are the paths of all that forget God;

and the hypocrite's hope shall perish:

Whose hope shall be cut off,

and whose trust shall be a spider's web.”

3. Suffering reveals misguided faith.

V15 “He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand:

he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.”

4. Suffering reveals an unregenerate heart.

V20-22 “Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man,

neither will he help the evil doers:

Till he fill thy mouth with laughing,

and thy lips with rejoicing.

They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame;

and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.”

LESSON - Bildad actually went further than Eliphaz in his criticism of Job’s present condition. He obviously had never seen a saved person experience problems to this degree; therefore in his mind, Job must be unsaved. We must be careful when drawing conclusions about a person based upon their problems. Sometimes they can be a sign of consequences due to sin. At other times, they are simply consequences of living in a sin-fallen world. Never forget the lesson God taught Samuel in 1 Sam. 16:7b “man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”


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