Then answered Bildad the Shuhite, and said,
2 Dominion and fear are with him, he maketh peace in his high places.
3 Is there any number of his armies? and upon whom doth not his light arise?
4 How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman?
5 Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, the stars are not pure in his sight.
6 How much less man, that is a worm(rimmah)? and the son of man, which is a worm(tola)?
Bildad asked the ultimate question for man in search of justification. How can I be justified or clean before God? In this text, he referred to the common man as a ‘rimmah’ worm or maggot. He then referred to the ‘son of man’ as a tola worm. He used this picture to give the audience a powerful clue to the true course of their justification. Students of Scripture understand that the term ‘son of man’ is terminology used to describe our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All through the Book of Mark in the New Testament, Jesus is labeled as the ‘son of man’ to illustrate that he came to earth as a man and as a suffering servant. Bildad’s reference to the son of man and to the tola worm prophetically characterized the Messiah as a man who would fit the description of the tola worm. The Messiah is identified as a man who would die on a tree for his young, who would allow himself to suffer a gruesome death, who would shed his blood but three days later make our sins as white as snow. How could man (maggots) be justified with God? … by accepting the work of our Tola worm, Jesus Christ.
25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
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