Job 8 Outline
– Bildad the Shuhite rebuked Job (Job 8:1-7)
– Bildad said Job is a hypocrite so he is now punished by God (Job 8:8-19)
– Bildad claimed that God will never reject the blameless people but strengthened them (Job 8:20-22)
Job 8 Summary
In Job 8:1-7, Bildad the Shuhite rebuked Job for rebuking Eliphaz. Eliphaz rebuked Job and dismissed his sufferings as a result of God’s punishment of his sins. Bildad believed that God is acting in justice to punish Job because of the sins he had committed. Bildad did not know that it was Satan who cause all these disasters on Job so he simply judge him based on his own viewpoint and asked Job to repent. Bildad was wrong to say that Job had a small beginning because he thought Job was suffering from all these disasters because he sinned against God. Bildad was right to say that Job’s latter end would increase abundantly because God did blessed Job with twice times of his livestocks and gave him another 7 sons and 3 daughters (Job 42:12-15).
In Job 8:8-19, Bildad suggested to Job to sought advice from the wisdom of the people in the past regarding his previous foolishness. Bildad used the analogy of ‘Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water? Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb. ‘ (Job 8:11-12 KJV) to point out that Job is a hypocrite. Like the rush that grows up quickly and die, so will every person who sin against God. Job could found joy again if he repent from his sins.
In Job 8:20-22, Bildad claimed that those who are blameless will never be rejected by God but they will always be strengthened and filled with joy. Their enemies will ultimately be destroyed.
Job 8 Bible Study
1. Faith has actions
Bildad and his friends made a lot of comments about Job but they did not helped him in anyway. We should not make judgment about other people’s condition and then wish them well but did not do anything to help them. The basic principle of God’s commandments is to love one another as much as yourself. If you are a Christian follower, you must display God’s love in your life so that other people can see a life changing testimony in you. In James 2:17, even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.