Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tuesday - Job 9 - Wonders Without Number

here are a number of wonders that are addressed in this chapter. But, none are as remarkable as Job's wish for a daysman, or as we would understand better - a mediator (Job 9:32-33). It was Job's hope and desire. He saw the need, but he didn't actually think it was even possible. Doubtless he thought it was just wishful thinking. But, his desire was not only possible, it was already a plan in the works.  God had designed and decreed to bring this very thing to pass.

Jesus is that mediator that Job longed for (Hebrews 5:8-10). He is the one (and only one) who can lay one hand on the Father and one hand on a suffering human and legitimately say, "I understand completely. I've been where you are."

Now, what caused Job to wish that he had a mediator to interpret and arbitrate between the Almighty and him?  He asked, "How should man be just with God?" (Job 9:2). God is so big, and we are so small. Even when God comes close, that doesn't necessarily mean that we know that He is near. Job recognized that the greatness of God put him at a decided disadvantage in his position of complaint (Job 9:15).  He knew that in wit or in strength, he was no match for his Maker.

Job felt like he was backed into a corner (Job 9:20 & 9:22).  He considered trying to ignore his pain... but knew that it wouldn't work (Job 9:27).  He considered self-improvement, but knew that that wouldn't cut it (Job 9:30).  What he needed was a mediator. Jesus fits that bill perfectly (I Timothy 2:5)

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