Chapter 25: The Lowly State of Man
We read about Bildad’s final speech. In his final words he classifies man as a “worm” in the presence of the Lord. “How then can man be justified with God? … Behold even to the moon, and… the stars are not pure in his sight.” (Job 25:4-5)
Chapter 26: God and His Power are great
Job challenges his friends, and asks them; “How hast thou helped him that is without power? How savest thou the arm that hath no strength?” (Job 26:2) OR in other words, how are they helping him or anyone else by berating him?
“How has thou counseled him that hath no wisdom?” (Job 26:3). Job made these statements broad enough to include not only himself, but also anyone else that Bildad and his friends failed to help. Often times we are too easy to jump to conclusions or judgment, when we should lend an ear and not just hear… but LISTEN to those that are afflicted. I kind of like the phrase;
“Don’t judge someone because they sin differently than you do.”
We all sin in one way or another… yes some sins are worse than others… but no one is perfect, so don’t judge! Instead we can help by listening and counseling, rather than scorning and berating!
Chapter 27: Terrors of Death
Job asserts his righteousness and tells his friends that “God forbid that I should justify you: till I did I will not remove mine integrity from me.” (Job 27:5). What do we have to prove to others? Nothing. God forbid that we waste our time or remove our own integrity to suit others.
“For what is the hope of the hypocrite, though he hath gained, when God taketh away his soul? Will God hear his cry when trouble cometh upon him? Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call upon God? (Job 27:8-10) Essentially Job is asking his friends; “What hope do the godless have, when their life is taken by God?” They have nothing! What purpose is there in this life to build up material things, or berate others, when you are a hypocrite?
I am pretty sure that in this chapter, Job secretly wishes that his friends could endure the same trials that he was going through. Then his friends would understand him a little better.