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May 17 - Evening

"Then Bildad the Shuhite replied:

'How long will you say such things?
Your words are a blustering wind.
Does God pervert justice?
Does the Almighty pervert what is right?
When your children sinned against him,
he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.
But if you will seek God earnestly
and plead with the Almighty,
if you are pure and upright,
even now he will rouse himself on your behalf
and restore you to your prosperous state.' "

- Job 8:1-6

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Bildad's Contribution to 'Common Sense' Theology    

Bildad (meaning “Bel has loved”) was the second friend to speak. Bildad speaks three times in the Book of Job: Job 8 and Job 18 and Job 25. Bildad came to comfort Job, but became more accusing
of Job the longer he had to listen to Job’s words.

Bildad’s first words are NOT words of comfort, but a rebuke of Job’s words which attacked
'common sense' theology. Bildad says:

     “How long will you say such things?
     Your words are a blustering wind.”

Job had argued that God must be unjust if a man’s disasters are equal to a man’s sin since God
has clearly overreacted in Job’s situation. Job claims he is innocent of great sin equal to the punishment God is getting credit for having sent.

To this Bildad firsts asks Job: “Does God pervert justice?” and “Does the Almighty pervert what is right?” The appropriate assumed response to these rhetorical questions is 'common sense' theology statement #2: “No, God does not pervert justice!” So, 'common sense' theology statement #2 combined with 'common sense' theology statement #1, “God punishes sin by sending disaster,”
gives us Bildad’s 'common sense' words of wisdom to explain to Job what is really going on. Bildad tells Job your children got what they deserved when all ten of them were killed by the desert storm.

     “When your children sinned against him, he gave them over to the penalty of their sin.”

And, this leads to another 'common sense' theology conclusion: God sends prosperity, possessions, health, family and friends to people who are obedient to God and please him.
So, if you want to be rich you better go to church and do righteous things.

Remember, that at the end of the book when God finally speaks he says,

     “The Lord…said to Eliphaz the Temanite, ‘I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has…My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly.”Job 42:7-9

  Christian Quote from Church History
“Christianity is the story of how the rightful King has landed, you might say in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in His great campaign of sabotage”
- C. S. Lewis
Something to Ponder??

In the law of Moses a husband could write
"a certificate of divorce"
for his wife because she was "displeasing" to him because he "finds something indecent about her." The same thing could be done by her second it here:

"If a man marries a woman who becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house, and if after she leaves his house she becomes the wife of another man, and her second husband dislikes her and writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house..."
- Deuteronomy 24:1-3

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Phusis (Gr) – Nature (Eng) – a Greek word that comes from the Greek word phuo which means “to bring forth” or “to produce.” Phusis is used in:
1. Romans 1:26 to refer to the normal, created law and order of nature.
2. Galatians 2:15 and Romans 2:27 to refer to the source as in the origin or the birth.
3. Ephesians 2:3 and 2 Peter 1:4 to the nature, character or inherent powers.


David and his men hid in the Cave of Adullam in the Judean Wilderness. A site two miles south of the Herodium and three miles NE of Tekoa consists of a secluded wilderness with massive rock fragments in a cavern on a long narrow ledge high above a ravine. The entrance is almost impassable due to a large rock. On this ledge there is a cave accessed through a round opening seven feet high. Once entered there is a low, narrow passage to a cave. From the cave another passage may be followed into a large room of 5,000 square feet. There are many other passages to many other caves here. David had 400-6—men with him at times who could easily be quartered in this space that had room for 1,000 or more. The location has a spring of fresh water.
(Details here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I do good things because I think it puts God in debt to me?
Do I live righteous merely to avoid judgment from God?
  "A rebuke impresses a discerning person
    more than a hundred
lashes a fool."

- Proverbs 17:10
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Second Kings 12 1 Samuel 18
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

To be a good spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend

Avoid compromise


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Hinnom Valley

Archaeological map of the remains at

Archaeological map of the remains at
the Pool of Bethesda

In the Hinnom Valley south Jerusalem looking north up at the City of David.

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