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In Case You Missed It -- Job 8, Psalm 105

Eliphaz proved pastorally insensitive when addressing Job. Today, Bildad lies about God. Besides the harsh insinuation that Job’s children’s sin was the reason they died, Bildad says something theologically troubling: “If you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state. Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be” (Job 8:6-7).

This is what we call today “health and wealth theology,” the idea that those who do right will prosper and those who do wrong will suffer. However, the Bible teaches that this line of thinking is completely mistaken. For example, Jesus teaches often that his followers will suffer for following Him (e.g. Matthew 24:9, Matthew 16:24). The New Testament is about a crucified perfect man and His persecuted followers.

Considered in light of God’s scriptures, Bildad proves to be a terrible source for insight about God’s works. Job certainly does not gain help in understanding his predicament.

Jeremiah Vaught