Bildad lives with a flawed view of grace because he has a flawed view of himself, therefore he harshly condemns Job instead of extending grace to him. He sincerely believes that he doesn't suffer because he is the righteous one and that Job suffers because Job is guilty of hiding some secret sin. Bildad feels morally superior to Job. This is the heart of legalism.
Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
- How does Bildad refer to Job's speech/defense?
- What does Bildad imply about the death of Job's children?
- What does his suggestion imply about Job's burnt offerings (1:5)?
- What does Bildad base forgiveness upon (8:5-7)?
- What do Bildad's "cause/effect" illustrations communicate to Job about the death of his children and his suffering?
- Why does Job feel inadequate to present his case to God?
- What does Job conclude about his situation and what rationale does Job use to find God inconsistent?
- How does Job view God's activity in his life?
- What is the main question that Job asks of God or seeks an answer to?
- What is the most Job hopes to receive from God?
Ask the Lord to show you where you feel morally superior and condemning toward others who are experiencing some type of suffering.