January 22, 2015: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Job 7-8
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Context: In chapter 7, Job continues speaking, talking once again of death and expressing his belief that he will soon die. Job asks what sin he has committed to bring about his suffering, this time directing his question to the Lord. In chapter 8, Job's second friend, Bilad, begins to speak. Bilad speaks more directly and offensively than Eliphaz. Bilad rebukes Job, for if Job were blameless as he claims, he would not be suffering. Bilad, like Eliphaz, fails to name the specific sin for which Job is being punished. Job and his three friends held the view that suffering was a punishment from God for sinning. It is a very human way of explaining suffering. We tend to only view rewards and punishments as an earthly matter. We fail to recognize, just as Job and his friends, that life on earth is temporary. Our final reward or final punishment is where God's justice is served.