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Part 13 – Bildad – A Portrait of Legalistic Bondage

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February 19, 2017

Bible Text: Job 8, 18, & 25 |

Series:

This message focused on the theology of Bildad, the second of Job’s three friends – three friends who have supposedly come to comfort him – but are more discouraging than anything!  Bildad is mean; he’s mean because he is legalistic.  He believes as Eliphaz does, in that the Lord God is a just and righteous God, but Bildad leaves very little room for God to express love, mercy, and grace.

Bildad attacks Job in chapter eight and even goes so far as to say that Job’s children all died because of their sin.  In chapter 18 he spends his entire speech telling Job how the wicked will be punished by the Lord (which, of course is true), but he strongly implies that Job is the wicked man he is referring to.  In the very brief 25th chapter, Bildad speaks the truth, but does so inappropriately.  He points us to three truths:

1. God is sovereign
2.  Sinners can do nothing within themselves to be declared righteous before the Lord God
3.  Mankind is totally depraved – like maggots and worms

All these statements are true, but Bildad, once again, leaves no room for God’s redemption; mercy; and forgiveness.

We learned in this message that people – and especially Christians, that lean towards legalism are insecure people, and this is their inadequate way of trying to reduce the anxiety in their life by putting harsh standards on themselves to keep them from “crossing the line of disobedience” and losing God’s love; and by controlling everyone else with their rules, they can justify their legalistic and fearful behavior.  Legalists tend to be brought up this way, and unfortunately they are often frustrated with themselves, others, and the Lord; they are angry with others, hard on themselves and others, miserable, lonely, bitter, and not a very encouraging and viable example of God’s grace and love.

If legalism is your modus operandi, then repent and allow the Lord God to engulf you in His loving grace and mercy.  Yes, obey the Lord, but don’t obey the Lord to get Him to love you – He died for you, what more could He do to prove His love for you?  And rest in His mercy and grace!

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