Friends of Job - Part 5
Job’s friends argued that God always afflicts the wicked, but such is not the case. Bildad pictures God’s Judgment upon the wicked as:
1. A light extinguished
Job 18:5-6 “Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out,
and the spark of his fire shall not shine.
The light shall be dark in his tabernacle,
and his candle shall be put out with him.”
2. An animal ensnared
V8-10 “For he is cast into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare. The gin shall take him by the heel, and the robber shall prevail against him. The snare is laid for him in the ground,
and a trap for him in the way. “
3. A man imprisoned and starved
V11-12 “Terrors shall make him afraid on every side, and shall drive him to his feet.
His strength shall be hungerbitten, and destruction shall be ready at his side. “
4. A family tree uprooted
V14, 16-17 “His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.
His roots shall be dried up beneath, and above shall his branch be cut off. His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no name in the street.”
LESSON - Since Job appeared to be experiencing these things, he must be wicked. Job argues the opposite in later chapters, that the wicked seem to be prospering in this life. Chap 21:7 “Wherefore do the wicked live,
become old, yea, are mighty in power?”
We can’t assume that prosperity is always a sign of blessing and that problems always a sign of consequences from sin. We must be convinced as Job was that God will make all things right in His timing, if not here then in eternity.