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3 Wherefore are we counted [chashab] as beasts [bahemah], and reputed
vile [tamah] in your sight [`ayin]?
4 He teareth [taraph] himself [nephesh] in his anger ['aph]: shall the earth
['erets] be forsaken [`azab] for thee? and
shall the rock [tsuwr] be removed [`athaq] out of his place
3 'Why are we regarded as beasts,
As stupid in your eyes? 4 'O you who
tear yourself in your anger- For your sake is the earth to be abandoned, Or the
rock to be moved from its place? NASB
Job has described the attacks of his friends. He has described them as mockers, as unwise,
as unkind, lacking in both reason and wisdom and compassion. Job has described the environment as that of
the jungle, where the predators ruthlessly pursue their prey and pounce and
tear apart their victim with animal indifference and lusts.
Now Bildad is angered at Jobs description. Bildad is offended. And so it is with people who lack
understanding. You know by now what lack
of understanding means. Lack of truth,
lack of orientation to life, lack of everything worthwhile in fact, in life.
People who lack these things are easily offended. They are sensitive and make themselves out to
be far more important, in their own eyes, than they really are. How important is dust? How important are the contents of the maggots
working in the grave? Somehow, people
seem to forget about sticks and stones.
And so Bildad interprets Jobs words as him, being
called nothing better than a beast.
Today we have female dog expressions, or perhaps some other more
colorful expressions for lower class, or ignorant, or na ve folks.
Rather than accepting the insults, and Bildad is
interpreting Jobs words as insulting, Bildad will take Jobs words and turn them
against Job. Or so he thinks.
Remember that in chapter sixteen, Job was speaking to
God, not his friends. Bildad is simply
not listening. Then again, spiritually
immature people think that all negative things are being said against then,
that, that is the highest form of insult, and that they can insult others but
they cannot be insulted.
And so, spiritually immature people elevate themselves
to a much higher position in society, than they really occupy. They take themselves too seriously.
They cannot take the truth and so, rather than
considering their own error, they will spend their time thinking up counter
arguments, believing that if they can put down their victim, then they will win
the argument, or the contest, or the competition.
In their minds, life is a continuous string of
competitions. In order to get ahead,
they need to out think, out hustle, out yell whomever they have established as
their opponent. They win by intimidation, by bullying, by boasting, by name
dropping, or by being stubborn. Their
life is really a lie, but they pursue it with vigor anyway.
They do not rely on the resources of truth, but
instead rely on the resources of the jungle environment.
Spiritually immature people have no real resources
with which to face life, and as we will see, spiritually immature people are
running scarred all of their life in pursuit of their frantic search for
happiness and fulfillment, and they will end life with nothing.
They make themselves the center of attention as they
fake their wisdom with impassioned self-delusion towards truth.
They ascribe their own error attributes toward their
victim. Job is charged with trying to
make history and providence change just for his sake. But the will of God, the rules of truth, the
dispensations of history, the rise and fall of nations and peoples do not
change for any one person.
Bildad accuses Job of wanting these changes because of
his suffering, because of his obvious hidden sins, but life does not change for
anyone unless that change is in accordance with Gods will. And of that will, none of us can know all of
the intricate details of history. We can
only observe from hindsight and guess as to the whole picture.
Our destiny is given to us all openly. The minute by minute advance of history
leaves us all guessing from time to time.
Since sins apply to all people, and since providence
and human history are all in Gods hands, then no one can sit on the sidelines
and narrate its activities. And yet
Bildad is attempting this.
So what he is accusing Job of, he, Bildad, is guilty
The rock is the large unmovable object inside of which
we can seek shelter, because God controls the rock. But no person, no group, no nation, no empire
can change or alter the course of history in any way.
Our best bet in life is to recognize the history in
which we live and adapt to it as best we can.
Some folks grew up during the depression, some lived through a world
war, some live in hostile neighborhoods, some have life pretty easy.
Your circumstances in life are all irrelevant. Your choices are always the same. Pursue Bible doctrine everyday of your life
and let God guide you through your life, which He has assigned for you, or
complain, or be apathetic, or be controversial, or whatever, and try to get
through life on your own.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.