God’s justice in life

Job Bible Background

06.26.2015 Old Testament: Job 8.3

To read the Bible in a year, read Job 7–9 on June 26, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

Bildad, the friend of Job, knew things about God and had a measure of wisdom, but his knowledge and wisdom led him to think he knew more than what he did, and that he was wiser than he truly was, for he said to his friend,

“Does God subvert judgment?
Or does the Almighty pervert justice?”
(Job 8.3) 

Let’s answer Bildad’s questions. Does God subvert judgment? No, God does not subvert judgment, rather He judges in righteousness. Does the Almighty pervert justice? No, the Almighty does not pervert justice, but He also carries out justice perfectly and fairly.

However, Bildad, like his friends Eliphaz and Zophar, believed that God had carried out His judgment and justice against Job. Yet, the three of them had no proof for their belief. They believed that all suffering—especially in the case of Job, because of how Satan timed things—meant that God poured out the suffering.

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