Almost

He is thrust from light into darkness, and driven out of the world. He has no posterity or progeny among his people, and no survivor where he used to live.
Job 18:16-19

Billy was sitting at the table enjoying his lunch when a note was dropped next to his tray.

It in was a very romantic missive from someone named Sally. She professed her attraction to Billy and asked him to ask her out on a date.

There were two problems with this.

Billy didn’t know anyone named Sally.

And the note was addressed to Billy, but Tommy, who was sitting across from him!

Sally was indeed interested in a boy, and this boy was near Billy. But it wasn’t actually Billy she was interested, but Tommy, the boy sitting near Billy.

Almost … but not quite!

Sally almost gets it right. But “almost” doesn’t really count!

Bildad almost gets it right!

So far,  Jobs so-called “friends” have been blaming him for what has happened to him and his family.

The first friend, Eliphaz, even admits that it was revealed to him by a “spirit [that] glided past [his] face [so that] the hair of [his] flesh stood up” (Job 4:15), indicating that it was a ghost or a demon that had visited (haunted?) him with this information.

Zophar joined in to plead with Job to just get it all over with and admit that he had done something evil to bring such devastation on him and his family.

Bildad, chimes in again to reinforce what his two other friends had said, warning Job that those who are wicked are “cast into a net,” trapped, and ultimately not remembered on the face of the earth.

Obviously, he’s wrong in Job’s case since we all know of Job and have for nearly three thousand years.

But Bildad hits on something that is relevant.

There will be someone who is led into the darkness and driven out of the world. There will be no future family for one person and he will be killed.

But it will not be Job, it will be Jesus Christ.

And it will not because of his own sin but because he has taken all the sin of all people of all time on himself and suffers the complete wrath of God.

Bildad may be aiming this rebuke at Job, but very similar words will be penned in prophecy of what Jesus will do for all of us!

Bildad’s words are a precursor to the Messianic prophecies of Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53.

What Bildad describes will happen, just not to Job!

It should happen to Job, to you, to me, to all people. We are all sinners and are condemned by God’s Law.

But Jesus Christ loves us so much that he took our condemnation and sins on himself and made the perfect sacrifice on the cross.

And in his unconditional love for us he gives us his righteousness and we are saved!

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