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.
5 Behold even to the moon [yareach], and it shineth ['ahal]
not; yea, the stars [kowkab] are not pure [zakak] in his sight [`ayin].
6 How much less man ['enowsh], that is a worm [rimmah]?
and the son [ben] of man ['adam], which is a worm [towla`]? KJV-Interlinear
5 'If even the moon has no
brightness And the stars are not pure in His sight, 6 How much less man, that maggot, And the son
of man, that worm!' NASB
Throughout this chapter, Bildad has been rambling a
bit. Hs remarks are arbitrary and have
nothing to do with Jobs situation, but despite that, we are able to learn a
great deal about God, mans relationship with God and especially what people way
back in that ancient time, understood about these various spiritual subjects.
For example, the moon has no brightness of its
own. Its light comes from the reflection
of the sun. Bildad mentions the moon and
stars, but does not mention the sun in this passage. The brightness of the sun is absent. And as we will see later, mans brightness is
really absent also, leaving only a light which does not belong to him, and
light which is so dim that it might as well be a trillion miles away, doing man
absolutely no good.
Bildad is making a comparison of mans brightness with
that of God, and he is using the moon and stars in his comparison.
The moon is the brightest object in the night sky, and
yet its light is not its own. The stars
possess their own light, because they are also sun type objects, yet they are so
far away, their light is not so bright.
They, the stars, can be viewed only in the darkness (the lies of life)
of night and are totally obliterated when the morning light (truth) arrives.
When compared to God, both are extremely dim. Gods light is bright enough to reach beyond
the entire universe if He so chose, and yet God has the power to limit and
control the exposure of His own glory.
And that leaves man.
Who is he and why does he think so highly of himself?
We are about to enter into a new election season next
year, but one would think that the elections are nearly upon us now, given all
of the very early campaign activity of this year. All of the candidates will have egos and
opinions of themselves and others, and of issues. In fact everyone on the planet has a ego of
some sort. We all have opinions of our
self and of others, and of what we
believe to be the issues of the day.
But what is man described as? Man is a maggot and a worm. And this is put in the reverse of mans
life. During life, man is nothing more
than a living worm crawling in the dust from which he came. And in death, his physical body is consumed
Where then is mans shining light?
Bildad's whole point here is that Job is no shining
saint. No human being is. So how can Job possibly hope to gain a
hearing from the Almighty?
And again, we note that Bildad did not listen to Jobs
comments, which we studied long ago, wherein Job repeatedly stated that he was
certainly a sinner as all of humanity is, but he looked to a redeemer who was
both God and man, and the one and the same who will be his advocate, who is
still both God and man, and of whom representation of Job would be made to the
Father, who is God.
Bildad did not pay attention, but then most of humanity
doesn't pay attention to divine words anyway.
People already have preconceived ideas about God or
gods, life or their chosen lifestyle, about what is important to them in life,
and especially about what is not important to them. And a legitimate spiritual life is not
generally considered important.
People have their own ideas about spirituality and
such things, and they are generally related to their emotional feelings, or
standards of living which they have adopted from a wide variety of beliefs which
did not come by the Word of God.
And here is Bildad's point in all of this. Man thinks highly of himself and yet man is
no better than the maggot that consumes him.
And, just as the maggot consumes a dead thing, so too, man is
self-consumed by his own false beliefs, which too are dead things.
That is the glory of man, self invented, self
imagined, and totally detached from reality.
If you stick with this Bible study, then you can
transform your thoughts into living thoughts.
And of course, if you are not impressed with this
study, or any other legitimate study for that matter, then you can continue
with your dead thoughts and those creepy little things crawling around inside
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.