You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
4 If thy children [ben] have sinned [chata'] against him, and he
have cast them away [shalach] for [yad] their transgression [pesha`]; KJV-Interlinear
4 'If your sons sinned against Him, Then He delivered them
into the power of their transgression.
Bildad and the other two visitors are
moving into a realm of opinionated elitism.
They are not suffering therefore they believe that, what they believe,
is truth. This is a dangerous area to
To over simplify life into the obvious,
means that you have to close your eyes to alternative possibilities.
Do people who die in violent
circumstances, deserve their death because of their sins? Do people who happen to be poor, deserve
their destitute status because of their sins?
Do people who happen to get involved in accidents, deserve their
suffering because of their sins?
The answer is of course, 'no' to all of
these and more questions of a similar nature.
Bildad brings Jobs children into the
conversation. They died a violent
death. Their deaths were due to their
sins, obviously, according to Bildad.
Remember Bildad cites the essence of God. 'Does God do things arbitrarily? Does God make mistakes?'
Then he takes the giant leap to his
conclusion. God is perfect. God causes life and takes it away. Their life ended violently and therefore they
must have been sinners.
And with that rationalization, since
monkeys have two legs and can catch things, and baseball players have two legs
and can catch things, monkeys must be destined for the major leagues. Or perhaps it is that baseball players were
once monkeys. But dolphins can catch too,
so monkeys came from dolphins, and then were transformed into major league
players after the try-outs.
This is so confusing! Who negotiates the contracts? Lawyers!
But then lawyers are snakes, or were snakes, or will become snakes.
And of course, we have our politicians
and celebrities, who don't think that the 'common' person can think for
themselves, so they need government to assist them, or do everything for them. But of course it is the common person who
votes these folks into office or stardom, which is obviously the common mans only
So if every time a person dies a violent
death, it is because of their sins, then are not all deaths violent? Isn't the removal of the soul from the body a
violent action by definition? Does it
matter that one is shot with a bazooka or dies quietly in his sleep? When you stop breathing, you stop breathing! Everyone must die due to their sins, right?
Eliphaz and Bildad are now dead. They died many thousands of years ago. Did they die because of their sins? Or does an opinionated person come up with
alternative definitions of death? Like
dying quietly means that your life was more pleasant and you did not die
because of your sins.
We have all been around long enough to
know that bad men die quietly in their sleep and good men die in fiery crashes,
and visa-versa. So the means of your
death does not determine your spiritual status.
How did Jesus die?
God knows everyone's spiritual status
and God has a plan for each and every individual on this planet. Actually, God has two potential plans for
everyone. His preferred plan is that you
follow His will, and His second plan is the plan wherein you pursue yourself. In either case, your decisions in life
determine the course you will follow in life.
God knows exactly what you will do at all times.
Each person has a birth and a
death. None of us were placed in this
world on a permanent basis.
Job knew his children. Job held confession offerings in their
behalf. They were present for those
ritual offerings. The children knew
their meaning and they knew what they were doing.
For someone to come along, and say that
they died a violent death means by default, that they were gross sinners and
deserved their deaths, is a grossly unjust accusation.
So Bildad, in quoting Gods character
with regard to never abusing justice, is in fact abusing the principle of justice
People can read the Bible, and even
memorize it thoroughly, and still not have a meaningful spiritual life. Satan
can certainly quote the scriptures, probably better than anyone, but Satan is
an unsaved, condemned creature.
Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar, all three,
will reach a consensus regarding Job's guilt.
And generally, when there is a consensus, the facts are disregarded. Why else is their a difference of opinion
with respect to global warming, abortion, evolution, or whether or not you
should spank a child? In fact, in
virtually every topic of conversation you can run into a debate. Someone will always have an opposing opinion.
Satan has a counter policy and
principle, for each and every policy and principle of truth of Gods.
Why did Job's children die? The short answer is that God had determined
that their time on this earth was up.
Another answer is that, their death was an integral part of Jobs experience. Another answer is that we just do not know
all of the facts, so we don't know. We
don't even know their names, how is it possible that we could know the reasons
for their deaths?
Bildad does not know, but yet he will
venture a conclusion based not on facts, but on his own opinion.
Beware the ruler, authority, wise man,
or want-to-be ruler, authority, or wise-man who makes decisions based on
emotion rather than on solid facts.
Beware of the one who pushes an agenda, which is in opposition to truth,
but is convenient to their own motives.
Only a legitimate daily study of the
Word of God can provide you with the kind of discernment between the true and
the false, you need in order to understand life.
A so-so study of the scriptures, one
that exists outside of the fellowship sphere, will produce only opinions, which
are subject to convenient interpretation, such as those of Bildad.
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