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Job 25:1-6
Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:
2 “Dominion and fear are with God;
he makes peace in his high heaven.
3 Is there any number to his armies?
Upon whom does his light not arise?
4 How then can man be in the right before God?
How can he who is born of woman be pure?
5 Behold, even the moon is not bright,
and the stars are not pure in his eyes;
6 how much less man, who is a maggot,
and the son of man, who is a worm!”

The Story: “So you see, Job, and then I’ll be quiet – we’re all maggots. Well, except Eliphaz, Zophar, and me, of course. And nobody – except us – can be in the right with God. You understand that, right? God is really big and really powerful. He has lots of armies and stuff and he rules over everything and everyone. Are you getting my drift? No one can be pure before Him – well, not you, anyway. God’s light is brighter than the moon and stars, why, almost as bright as mine and these friends of mine! So, Mr. Maggot, Mr. Worm of a man – look at you: Yuck! You think you can have hope with God? You think He’d give you an audience? You think you can justify yourself against the brilliant insights of men such as we? Fuggedaboudit!”

The Structure: Bildad’s final words to Job show that the “friends” have not altered their view one whit from when they began. What’s more, they continue espousing some pretty good theology – that is, if we take it in isolation from the context in which it’s being given. Bildad and his friends are right about God. But they’re wrong about Job. And they’re only half right about being right and pure with God.

Imagine that you have been witness to this whole series of exchanges between Job and his friends. Now you have an opportunity to take his friends aside for a moment. What will you say to them?


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