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Rev. Peter Greiner

Sun 21 Aug

In chapter eight we are introduced to the second of Job’s friends who initially came to comfort Job in his tragic losses. Like Eliphaz we know very little of who Bildad is. He is a friend, and he sought to console Job. We could question what sort of friend he was, but he wanted to help Job. 

Bildad was one for the law and wanted to see justice done. He believed that what Job was doing was creating more harm than good when he called Job a blustering wind. We know the damage a blustering wind can do. 

Yet Bildad was also concerned that justice would be done. So when Job admitted he was a sinner and asked his friends what sin he had committed. Bildad was quick to say that it was serious because God does not alter the punishment for sin, he asked Job, “Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?” Bildad goes on to tell Job that his children were getting what they deserved according to the justice of the law. 

Bildad is merciless in what he says to Job. What would you have said to Job in order to comfort him in his loss?