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5 If thou wouldest seek [shachar] unto God ['el] betimes [shachar], and make thy supplication [chanan] to the Almighty [Shadday];
6 If thou wert pure [zak] and upright [yashar]; surely now he
would awake [`uwr] for thee, and make the
habitation [naveh] of thy righteousness [tsedeq] prosperous [shalam].
7 Though thy beginning [re'shiyth] was small [mits`ar], yet
thy latter end ['achariyth] should greatly [ma`od] increase [sagah]. KJV-Interlinear
5 'If you would seek God And implore the compassion of the
Almighty, 6 If you are pure and upright,
Surely now He would rouse Himself for you And restore your righteous estate. 7 'Though your beginning was insignificant,
Yet your end will increase greatly. NASB
With every word spoken by the three
friends, two thus far, greater presumptions, sarcasm, and irony are spilled out
onto the ground. You can almost see the
letters and numbers, as in a cartoon scene, spilling out of their mouths and
splattering onto the ground into a useless puddle.
Bildad is echoing the words of Eliphaz. Remember too that Bildad symbolizes the
wisdom of the east, with contentiousness.
In other words, the wisdom of the east is nothing more than an echo of
the words of Eliphaz who is from the south, but with a little more defiance,
and a little more distance from the truth.
Eliphaz expresses truth but with
misapplication. Bildad will take that
expression to the next level of misinterpretation, presumption and irony.
According to Bildad, if Job will only
turn to God, implore from God, and repent his sins, then God will reverse the
suffering and hardship, reverse his status of poverty and misery, and restore
Job back to his former position to an even greater scale.
Jobs beginning, meaning his present
state of suffering and insignificance, will certainly increase to much more
than it is now. Of course, having
nothing means that even a little something, will be more than nothing.
As for each one of us, our beginning at
birth is one of insignificance. When we
advance in our spiritual life, our worth, our spiritual worth, will greatly
multiply beyond our imaginations.
And therein lies Bildad's sarcasm. He does not believe the words that he is
saying. He doesn't believe that Job will
be restored to the great wealth he once had.
He might, repeat, might, be restored to some form of health and a little
income, but certainly not to the vast wealth he formerly had.
Bildad has no original words of his
own. He is echoing those already spoken
by Eliphaz. He is repeating what he just
To seek God implies a very simple step
in life. Just seek, though this seeking
is not explained, but confession is implied, and that will solve everything.
What Bildad does not know is that Job
has already entreated the Lord. Does
anyone remember chapter one and two?
After the first hit, 'The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.' After the second round of suffering, 'Shall
we accept good only and not adversity?'
And prior to that, Job observed the
offerings and sacrifices with great consistency. This is the pattern of Jobs thoughts and
actions, which guided his life.
Job was silent for seven days, when his
friends arrived. He had been ill for a
long time before that. What was he thinking?
Well we know his pattern of thought, so it is an easy leap to assume
that he was praying. Even while his wife
was nagging him to 'curse God and die.'
Bildad presumes that he has seen all
there is to see, and know all there is to know about life. He was wrong. Remember that he is only echoing previous
comments, not innovating anything new. Even
in our present day of giant leaps in technology, which seem to occur on a daily
basis anymore, no person will ever see all there is to see and know all there is
to know. And though the technological advances
of the next generation, and the next after that, will likely stagger the
imagination, no one will ever know all of the wisdom of this world, let alone
the wisdom of God.
This is the devils world. Evil rules.
When truth is rejected, problems occur by default. Therefore, suffering is inevitable. Man's very existence is limited. No person will live forever in this
world. Accidents, illness, even death is
a natural phenomenon. What you think and
do will not exclude you from misery.
Unbelievers suffer in order to help them
recognize their need for Christ.
Believers suffer in order to help them recognize the need for spiritual
growth. Mature believers suffer in order
to help them recognize their need for endurance in faith.
All people suffer or are tested from
four great areas or sources of trouble.
The first source is from your own thoughts, the second is from other
people, the third is from bureaucracies, and the fourth source of trouble comes
from disasters of both personal and natural causes.
In principle, when one puts away their
sins and carnal life style, replacing them with the spiritual resources
provided in the Bible, then life will only get better. You have to look at ones entire life in order
to see the overall affect.
On a day to day basis we will all
experience problems of various kinds.
God guides and directs life often times through the turmoil's we will
face in our life. Many times
unemployment, business downturns, social difficulties, ostracism, peer
pressure, enslavement, war and famine, prosperity, and many other circumstances
in life will drive you to new places, or careers, or circumstances that you
You can look back on your own life and
probably see the trail you have left behind, and compare it with what you
thought life would be like when you were much younger.
Difficulties in life can be good
things. God is not constrained by mans
circumstances. God can make all things
work together for good. You only need to
get your spiritual life together and let God do His thing.
Bildad oversimplifies, and doesn't even
believe what he is saying. Life is never
simple. Most problems will not solve
themselves in the blink of an eye. God
has a plan for your life. And when you
turn yourself over to God, then that plan will function as it is supposed
But, when you try to take shortcuts,
when you try to hustle your way through life, when you figure that you can do
things better yourself, then one thing you can be certain of, God will
demonstrate your arrogance and lack of ability sooner or later. The magnitude of your stubbornness is
probably the only thing, which will determine just how bad things need to get
before your humility will come out.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.