Accusation and deception are the specialties of the evil one. We discover this in the Bible as early as Genesis 3. The Book of Job greatly expands this theme. We are astounded at the interview between God and the devil. One need not know anything of the Accuser's history to see why he has that name. Nor need we be quick in mind to discover that the evil one is out to hurt and destroy mankind.
Our particular concern centers around one of the many negative thoughts that Satan utilizes to control people. We learn elsewhere that the evil one has a limited number of assistants who can bring actual thoughts into the minds of people. Satan uses these thoughts to induce people into evil behavior. These thoughts are called temptations.
Satan loves to use bad theology to plunder God's people. Perhaps you have seen a modern version of Job when God's people attacked each other because of wrong thoughts about God and man. This is where we find Bildad. He was not alone of course, but he did join in the gang of accusers. We find this picture clearly confirmed by God's words at the end of the book.
God said it so clearly, "You have not spoken of Me what is right...." We use this interpretation to return to Job chapter 8 and see what was wrong with what Bildad counseled Job. Bildad thought he was defending God (1-4) and offering a way out for Job (5-7). The later verses (8-22) all support Bildad's wrong thesis that God will never 'reject' the man who follows Him.
Note below Bildad's several wrong conclusions that Satan often uses to hurt God's people.
Satan knew that Job was a man of great faith. Job's faith firmly stood on his theology of God and man. Several waves of attack were launched against Job. He first lost his family and possessions. The second wave brought loss of health. Then came the third wave of accusations from his wife and wise friends. Each wave brought a challenge to Job's understanding of God and His dealings with man. His understanding of God's truths were being violently assailed. If Job's confidence (belief) in these truths could be shaken, then Job himself would be struck down.
Bildad, on the other hand, thought he was God's special instrument to help Job. It was the evil one, however, that was using him. Tragically, God's people can be prideful of their supposed service to God when in fact they are promoting the evil one. Let's note Bildad's three wrong conclusions.
Bildad made a faulty conclusion about God and His ways. We do not deny that it is a natural mistake to make, but nevertheless it is often made. For Bildad this was an issue of justice, a one for one equation.
Do good and be rewarded good. Do bad and be rewarded bad.
God is just. He does not pervert justice. It is just that there are other factors involved that are more difficult to discern. In this case, the timing is wrong. Just as in the Garden of Eden God put off the full and immediate consequence of death, so now He also puts off the full reward of righteousness. Bildad says of Job's sons that judgment came because of their own transgression. The subtle hint is that Job's health problems, not to mention all of his other problems, are because of his transgressions.
This prideful attitude is common among the well off. They quickly condemn the broken and poor people saying, "God is just. He does not pervert justice. See how wicked they are. They get what they deserve."
For a correct view, we must accept the premise that God is just, but we must go a step further and see that God's workspace is much broader than we normally understand. The righteous sometimes suffer while the evil person sometimes does well! This will protect us from making some of these wrong conclusions.
We should always help people see if there is any real sin in their lives. Unless we see open sin, we should not accuse one of 'hidden' sin. We can suggest they look for it, but we also need to be alert to another possibility. They might be going through a special trial or test to their faith. In this case they need our encouragement.
#2 Wrong View: When facing severe trials, one is always under judgment and needs to repent to restore things. (Job 8:5-7)
Bildad's advice made a lot of sense if his first point was right. If the loss of things always indicates judgment, then repentance is the way out. He pointed out that, "If you are pure and upright, surely now He would rouse Himself for you." As mentioned before, Bildad could not see God's perspective of the situation. He demanded instant judgment for wrong doing and instant reward for right doing. The fact is that God does not necessarily work that way.
Is it true that if Job repented, then everything would be restored? Of course not. God declared Job to be a righteous man and to have the right viewpoint. This of course made it very difficult for Job. They accused him of wrong that he did not have. They told him that he lived outside of God's presence. This was just the opposite counsel than he should have received.
Job should have heard, without any obvious sin or open confession of personal sin, how God will be with him through this difficult time. God's love and compassion should shine forth through these men's words. But alas, he had to suffer alone without one to understand and comfort.
Job had to keep his faith up by responding strongly to each of these accusers. He was not so much justifying his perfect state but clearing his mind as to what was true. We can see at points he wavered and got off the main point but generally speaking he did fine.
We should be more ready to encourage and have mercy on people going through trials. The wealthy and well off have a greater opportunity to miss these important truths about how God disperses good things because their lives are protected by wealth.
#3 Wrong View: Creation confirms that severe trials demonstrate that the man has hidden sins and must repent. (Job 8:8-22)
We can misread events and creation. In John 9:1-3 for example, Jesus clearly rebuked the Pharisees for concluding that this man's blindness was because of his parents' sin or his sin.
Once we have a wrong judgment, we easily use it to misinterpret other important clues. This is so dangerous. If a person is offended, for example, he will often misread every action or gesture that he sees this person making. From his conclusion that the person hates, all his actions are interpreted through that lens.
In this case, Bildad picked on the poor spider web, papyrus plant and house illustration to wrongly support his conclusion. Since the arguments are in length, Job had to counter in length (Job 9-10). These arguments also tended to confuse rather than clarify. Job 8:20 summarizes Bildad's bad theology.
Lo, God will not reject a man of integrity,