Week of April 29 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Job 25:1-6

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

2 “Dominion and fear are with God;
    he makes peace in his high heaven.
3 Is there any number to his armies?
    Upon whom does his light not arise?
4 How then can man be in the right before God?
    How can he who is born of woman be pure?
5 Behold, even the moon is not bright,
    and the stars are not pure in his eyes;
6 how much less man, who is a maggot,
    and the son of man, who is a worm!”

Reflect: What does Bildad say about God in this response to Job? What are the implications of the phrase, “he makes peace in his high heaven?”

Consider: Since God rules (has dominion) He should be respected (awe), and Job, Bildad may have hinted, was not doing that. In His greatness, God establishes order or harmony in heaven (so He is just; cf. 8:3). He rules over countless forces, probably referring to angels (so He is omnipotent).  Also, His light (the light of the sun) pervades everything, picturing His omniscience.[1]

Respond: How does this peace bring you comfort today? What situation in your life seems hopeless in human terms, but in light of the truth of today’s passage is something you feel confident you can give to God and receive his peace?

 

[1] Roy B. Zuck, “Job,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 748.