Job 8:1-10 “Does God Pervert Judgment?”

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Job 8:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
Job 8:2 How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?
Job 8:3 Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?
Job 8:4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;
Job 8:5 If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;
Job 8:6 If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.
Job 8:7 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.
Job 8:8 For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
Job 8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
Job 8:10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?

Introduction

There are forty- two chapters in this book of Job. Of those forty- two, the first two tell us who Job is and what God did to Job. The last chapter is dedicated to Job’s repentance, His restoration and his prayer for his three friends. Of the remaining thirty- nine chapters, Job is speaking in defense of his own righteousness in 20 chapters. This eighth chapter is the first of three chapters, chapters 8, 18, and 25, comprising a total of 49 verses, where Bildad the Shuhite will condemn Job for sins which Bildad is falsely accusing Job. We have already heard Eliphaz’ condemnation of Job in chapters 4-5, and we will hear from Eliphaz again in chapters15 and 22. Eliphaz’s false accusations are a total of four chapters, comprising 113 verses. There are only two chapters, chapters 11 and chapter 20, allotted to Zophar, the youngest of Job’s “miserable comforters”. Those two chapters are comprised of 49 verses of Zophar’s false accusations against his friend, Job.
Chapters 32-37 are the words of another younger man named Elihu, who is brought into this discourse with hardly any explanation of why he was there, as was afforded Eliphaz, Bildah, and Zophar, who are introduced as Jobs three friends, who had come to mourn with, and to comfort him.

Job 2:11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came every one from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him.

Here on the other hand is all we are told about Elihu:

Job 32:2 Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God.

Elihu says he is speaking for God, and it is important that we notice that Elihu is not reprimanded by God for falsely accusing Job. Elihu’s six chapters are made up of a total of 125 verses.

Job 33:4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
Job 33:5 If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up.
Job 33:6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
Job 33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make thee afraid, neither shall my hand be heavy upon thee.

It is sad to have to note that some Biblical scholars condemn Elihu as being haughty for declaring that he is “according to [ Job’s] wish [ speaking] in God’s stead”. Here are Dr. Henry Halley’s words concerning Elihu’s claim to be speaking “in God’s stead”.

That is exactly what Elihu revealed, and it was a revolutionary concept for his day, which few scholars apparently realize. In Job’s day, as in the days of Moses, blessings were associated with obedience, and curses were associated with disobedience, with no concept of the corrective or punitive hand of God being involved in our lives to deal with a sin such as self righteousness, an insidious sin which is common to all men, as our Lord makes so clear when He Himself deals with Job.
Chapters 38-41 are the words of our Lord putting Job and his miserable comforters in their self- righteous place, confirming every word Elihu had spoken. Christ speaks to Job for a total of four chapters and a total of 129 verses
So now let’s total up the self- righteous false accusations made against Job, and compare that to Job’s self- righteous rebuttals. Here they are from eldest to youngest:

Eliphaz – 4 chapters, chapters 4, 5, 15 and chapter 22, for a total of 113 verses
Bildad – 3 chapters, chapters 8, 18 and chapter 25, for a total of 49 verses
Zophar – 2 chapters, chapter 11 and chapter 20, for a total of another 49 verses = 211
This gives us a total of 9 chapters and a total of 211 verses of false, self- righteous accusations against, Job, the Old Testament type of God’s elect before they come out of self- righteous Babylon.
But now let’s notice how many chapters and verses are allotted to Job in His self- righteous defense of Himself. Job is allotted 20 chapters to tell us just how good and righteous he is and just how wrong his miserable comforters are, and just how unfair and merciless and uncaring is His Creator. Those 20 chapters allotted to Job contain 513 verses of Job’s self- righteous defense of himself.
So we have 9 chapters and 211 verses of Job’s self- righteous accusers, and 20 chapters and 513 verses of Job’s self- righteous defense of himself and his righteousness.
Here in chapter 8 we are only getting started with being shown how great is this sin of self- righteousness. It is the beast in his most insidious and most blasphemous form, sitting in the temple of God, claiming to be God, contending with, reproving and condemning God Himself. That is who we all are as typified by Job and his miserable comforters.

Job 8:1 Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
Job 8:2 How long wilt thou speak these things? and how long shall the words of thy mouth be like a strong wind?

As is always the case, when we fail to remember that it is God who is working all wickedness in all men “after the counsel of His own will”, we will, in every case, catch ourselves contending with our own Creator who tells us plainly:

1Sa 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.
Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Amo 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

God is call “the Father of spirits”. He is not called ‘the Father of good spirits’, simply because ” all things are of God”, not just ‘all good things are of God’.

Heb 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Neither Bildad nor Job, as types of us when we are at this stage of our spiritual journey, is aware of the truth that God sends evil spirits to afflict us and to cause us to “pervert judgment”. King Saul certainly was perverting judgment when he sought to kill David after David had served him so faithfully. But because God himself is not doing the injustice, He can truthfully say:

Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempteth no man:

But Bildad, as we all do when we see a brother lose so much, is intent on finding some hidden sins in Job and in Job’s children. Job himself had done the same thing in dealing with his own children.

Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt- offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and renounced God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

We cannot offer ourselves to God in the place of others. Christ Himself did not offer himself in our stead, rather He offered himself so He could go to the Father and be granted to come back into each of us so we too, can now die with and be crucified with Him. He did not die so we could avoid death. He died so we too, could, in Him, die with Him and be buried with Him in death.

Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Rom 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Our old man is “crucified with”” Christ, and the false doctrine of the “substitutionary death” of Christ on the cross, has done more to keep mankind from seeing that “our old man [ must be] crucified with” Christ, before we will ever be granted to “walk in newness of life… be also in the likeness of His resurrection… not serve sin… [ be] free from sin… [ and] live with Him” here and now in these “vessels of clay”.

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Like Paul we must be able to say with confidence and with authority, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me… by the faith of the Son of God”. But Bildad knows nothing of being crucified with Christ or having Christ living in us, and just like anyone today who believes in the substitutionary death of Christ, Bildad sees no need for his own death to sin. However he surely can see sins in everyone’s life but his own. He is especially convinced that the man Job, who is suffering before him, is surely guilty of some hidden sin. So he poses this question:

Job 8:3 Doth God pervert judgment? or doth the Almighty pervert justice?

Such a question presupposes that God, in this life, immediately avenges all injustice and immediately rewards all righteousness. Such a mindset denies even the need to “suffer for doing well”.

1Pe 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

Such a self- righteous mind sees no advantage in suffering with Christ, even in the light of verses like this:

Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint- heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
2Ti 2:12 If we suffer [ with Him], we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

These are not words that our flesh wants to hear. Like Job we want relief, not suffering, and it takes the words of the prophets and apostles of Christ to deliver us from “the [ self] righteousness which is in the law”. The law of Moses taught that evil things come only upon evil people and that blessing came only upon the righteous. Here in one chapter of Lev 26 are 11 verses which enumerate all the blessings that would come upon you if you obeyed the law of Moses:

Lev 26:3 If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;
Lev 26:4 Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
Lev 26:5 And y our threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time: and ye shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.
Lev 26:6 And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.
Lev 26:7 And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.
Lev 26:8 And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
Lev 26:9 For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you.
Lev 26:10 And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new.
Lev 26:11 And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you.
Lev 26:12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.
Lev 26:13 I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go upright.

Job’s ‘threshing’ has been upon him at the hand of his enemies. He has lost all things. He doesn’t even have any oxen left with which to plow, much less any crops to plant and harvest. Let’s look again at what happened to Job within one hour:

Job 1:13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:
Job 1:14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
Job 1:15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:
Job 1:19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Job does not lie down in peace. God Himself makes Job afraid.

Job 7:13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint;
Job 7:14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:
Job 7:15 So that my soul chooseth strangling, and death rather than my life.

To Bildad it is super obvious that Job has not ‘walked in God’s statutes, or kept His commandments, and done them’.

Lev 26:3 If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;

In contrast to the doctrine of Job’s and Moses’ time, when events like this befell those who lived in the time of our Lord, He posed this question:

Luk 13:1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
Luk 13:2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
Luk 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Luk 13:4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
Luk 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

In retrospect, Bildad certainly considered Job to be a sinner above himself and his two friends upon whom these terrifying things had not yet befallen. So He continues with this self- righteous mind, instructing and lecturing his self- righteous friend who is as clueless as himself of what is the mind of God in the matter of human suffering and in the suffering of Job, as the Old Testament symbol and type of His own elect.

Job 8:4 If thy children have sinned against him, and he have cast them away for their transgression;
Job 8:5 If thou wouldest seek unto God betimes, and make thy supplication to the Almighty;
Job 8:6 If thou wert pure and upright; surely now he would awake for thee, and make the habitation of thy righteousness prosperous.

It is only when Job is granted to see that he has no righteousness of His own that he will ever be granted to have His Lord ‘awake for him, and make His Lord’s inward habitation righteous and prosperous’. But that is exactly what does come to Job, as the type of those who do come to understand that they of themselves have no righteousness.

Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Job 42:11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
Job 42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
Job 42:13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

But this Isa 32 chapters hence. Bildad will one day see the mind of God, but it will only be through Job’s mercy and after God has shown mercy to Job. Again, Job is a type of God’s elect whose election is at the expense of their friends and families:

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

Bildad continues:

Job 8:7 Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase.

Truer words were never spoken, but they are not true in the self- righteous manner in which Bildad understands his own words. Job, because of his severe trial and only for that reason, is in a position to best demonstrate the truth of these words. He is now, for the first time in his life, truly “small” because only now is he truly destitute. This is the way God works, and this is the only way He works.
Zerubbabel as an Old Testament type of Christ is commissioned to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, and it is nowhere near as outwardly glorious as the temple that was built by Solomon. Nevertheless, this is what the Word of the Lord says concerning that small temple:

Zec 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
Zec 4:11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?
Zec 4:12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?
Zec 4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
Zec 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

It is in the temple that Christ Himself builds, that we will find those who are called His “two witnesses”; ‘two’ being the Biblical symbol for those who witness for Christ (read more here: http:// www. iswasandwillbe. com/ witness. php)

Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
Rev 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Job’s beginning is now small indeed, the temple of Zerubbabel was small, but it saw the dedication of Christ, and while the two witnesses lie dead in the streets of that great city where our Lord was crucified, in each case their end is greater than their beginning.
But such a thought as this is foreign to the self- righteous mind.

Job 8:8 For enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers:
Job 8:9 (For we are but of yesterday, and know nothing, because our days upon earth are a shadow:)
Job 8:10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?

“… Search of their fathers… shall not they teach you and tell you, and utter words out of their heart?” What is the truth that must be answered to Bildad’s question?
The Truth is that our old man was created to be destroyed and was never intended to be salvaged. The first Adam is nothing more than a catalyst to give birth to our new man. Our flesh is merely a necessary scaffolding, which is indeed needed to build the house of God, but which must be taken down and destroyed when that house has been finished.

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is [ being] crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

This is not something God figured out only after the coming of Christ. We were called “in Christ Jesus before the world began”.

2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

But this was not, as Bildad insinuates, revealed to the patriarchs of the Old Testament.

Job 8:10 Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart?

The answer to Bildad’s question is, No, the “fathers… of the former age”, and for that matter even the prophets of the Old Testament, were not granted to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God which have been granted to be revealed to you and to me. We are told that these things were in fact ‘hidden’ from them:

Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Christ was, of course, the first to reveal that the prophets had not been granted to see the things we are given to see and to hear:

Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
Mat 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Mat 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

The fact of the matter is that the prophets were not even granted to see and to understand that they were not ministering to themselves, but they were ministering to us who would come later and partake of the more complete revelation which they were never granted to see or to hear.

1Pe 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
1Pe 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1Pe 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
1Pe 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

“The prophets” include Job and his “miserable comforters”, who simply were not granted to identify with Job’s suffering and therefore were completely unqualified to be any comfort to him. That is who we all are until we come to understand that it is mankind who must “live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Mat 4:4).
Next week, if the Lord wills, we will see, through the words of Bildad the Shuhite, more of the seld- righteousness that is within us.

Job 8:11 Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water?
Job 8:12 Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb.
Job 8:13 So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish:
Job 8:14 Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web.
Job 8:15 He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.
Job 8:16 He is green before the sun, and his branch shooteth forth in his garden.
Job 8:17 His roots are wrapped about the heap, and seeth the place of stones.
Job 8:18 If he destroy him from his place, then it shall deny him, saying, I have not seen thee.
Job 8:19 Behold, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth shall others grow.
Job 8:20 Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:
Job 8:21 Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.
Job 8:22 They that hate thee shall be clothed with shame; and the dwelling place of the wicked shall come to nought.

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