Summary: A study of Job 25: 1 – 6
Job 25: 1 – 6
Why the Confusion?
1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said: 2 “Dominion and fear belong to Him; He makes peace in His high places. 3 Is there any number to His armies? Upon whom does His light not rise? 4 How then can man be righteous before God? Or how can he be pure who is born of a woman? 5 If even the moon does not shine, and the stars are not pure in His sight, 6 how much less man, who is a maggot, and a son of man, who is a worm?”
I am sure some of you might have thought before coming here, ‘How on earth is he going to teach the whole designated service time with only 6 verses?’ My answer -is‘very easily’. In fact take a look again at the 6 verses and see if there is anything that catches your attention? Not sure? Well look at the last statement of verse 6 –‘son of man’
You might have thought at one time or another or possibly been asked by someone these questions,
. Why did Jesus call Himself the ‘Son of Man?
. Why didn’t He call Himself the Son of God?
. Did He ever say that He was the Son of God?
At first thought we want to also ask, ‘why all this confusion.’ In actuality it is not confusing at all. In fact it is quite awesome. We are going to answer these questions shortly but first I wanted to take us back to Job’s time and his interaction with the three visitors.
Bildad here makes a very short reply to Job’s last remarks, as one that began to be tired of the cause. He drops the main issue concerning the prosperity of wicked men. One thing that now bothered him was that he thought Job had made too bold of statements of familiarity with the Divine Majesty of Almighty God in his appeals for a Heavenly trial. Job had called upon our Holy Ruler to give him a court hearing. This really bothered Bildad. He in a few words testifies that there is an infinite distance between God and man.
Bildad is to be commended here for two things:-First of all it is for not speaking anymore on the subject about which Job and he differed. Perhaps he began to think Job was in the right, and then it was justice to say no more concerning it, as one that contended for truth, not for victory, and therefore, for the finding of truth, would be content to lose the victory; or, if he still thought himself in the right, yet he knew when he had said enough, and would not wrestle endlessly for the last word. Perhaps indeed one reason why he and the rest of them let fall this debate was because they perceived that Job and they did not differ so much in opinion as they thought: they owned that wicked people might prosper a while, and Job owned they would be destroyed at last; how little then was the difference! If disputants would understand one another better, perhaps they would find themselves nearer one another than they imagined.
In addition Bildad spoke well on the matter about which Job and he were agreed. If we would all get our hearts filled with awesome thoughts of God and humble thoughts of ourselves, we should not be so ready to argue about matters of doubtful disagreements, which in reality serve no gainful purpose.
As we begin we read and understand that Bildad interjects his comments to exalt God and abase man
1 Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said: 2 “Dominion and fear belong to Him; He makes peace in His high places. 3 Is there any number to His armies? Upon whom does His light not rise? 4 How then can man be righteous before God? Or how can he be pure who is born of a woman?
He states how Glorious God Is, and thence infers how guilty and impure man is before Him. The great things here said of God, is designed to correct Job to have a more reverence of the Creator. His having dominion (Lord) identifies Almighty God as both owner and ruler of all of His creatures. They are all His, and they are all under His direction and at His disposal. Hence it follows that He Is to be feared (that is, reverenced and obeyed), that He Is feared by all that know Him.
The angels are all perfectly observant of Him and entirely submissive in all He wills. Thus the will of God is done in heaven; and thus we pray that it may be done by us and others on earth.
In earthly rule the greatness and power of rulers are judged by their armies. God Is not only Himself Almighty, but He has numberless numbers of armies at His beck and disposal,—standing armies that are never disbanded,—regular troops, and well disciplined, that are never to seek, never at a loss, that never mutiny,—veteran troops, that have been long in His service,—victorious troops, that never failed of success nor were ever foiled. He is Lord of all, Lord of hosts. He has numberless armies, and yet makes peace. He could make war upon us, but is willing to be at peace with us; and He even sent some of the heavenly hosts to proclaim peace on earth and good will towards men