Job 25 has the final back and forth volley from Job’s friends as Bildad answers in this very short six verse chapter. There is some controversy whether this is indeed the end of his short speech with some thinking some of the verses in the next chapter belong here, but there isn’t any obvious reason why that would be the case. We’ll take the approach that this is the final and very brief response to Job. The debate is out of fuel – the conversation is going in circles – and the three friends are done arguing.
Job hasn’t convinced his friends of his position, but it does appear he has finally silenced them. There is one thing all of them agree on. “Dominion and fear are with God; he makes peace in his high heaven”. God alone is in charge. All parties see that eye to eye. He sits in heaven and is the ultimate authority. God is an unconquerable foe is you get on the wrong side of wickedness. He has no limit to His armies, no end to the resources under His control. He alone is God.
He goes on and says the exact same thing that has been said before, by Job himself. “How then can man be in the right before God”? Here is the crux of the matter. We cannot be right before God. It is why Jesus had to come. That was obviously after Job’s time, but God made provision for our shortcomings when He sent His only Son to the Cross for our sin. None of us can be right before God. We are all sinners in need of a Savior. God has addressed that for us today through Christ.
Bildad ends his short little spiel calling man a maggot and worm. He makes the distinction that “even the moon is not bright, and the stars are not pure in his eyes”. If the stars and moon can’t reflect the glory of God, certainly we can’t as mankind. Bildad accuses Job as one maggot accusing another. His argument was that no one was worthy, and that includes himself. There was no hope to become right in God’s eyes as maggots and worms. And with that disgusting and hopeless image, the three friends end their discourse with Job!