Job’s call for a Mediator

The book of Job is interesting for it opens before us the nature of the great controversary that exists between God and Satan the accuser. Job a righteous man who prayed for and offered sacrifices to God on behalf of his children is attached on all fronts. His family was destroyed, he lost his wealth as it was stolen from him and finally, he lost his health.

Job’s friends accuse Job of being a sinful man, having some secret sin in his life. Yet God himself in Job 1:8 describes Job as an upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?

So what gives, why does Job suffer. The answer comes later in the chapter when Satan accuses Job of only worshipping and honoring God because of what God has given him.

The accuser is allowed to test Job, but for the entire book of Job, he does not understand why.

Job even wishes there was a court in which he could take his case before God and plead for mercy. His argument is made in the 9th chapter. Here toward the end of Chapter 9, Job makes a very profound statement in that God is Almighty, and I am but a mere man. How can I answer Him that we might go to court together. Then in verse 33 Job says, Nor is there any mediator between us, Who may lay his hands on us both.

How profound these words are! Job sees no hope of coming to an understanding with God because of the great gulf between them. God is infinite and Job painfully realizes how finite his own life is.

So Job says, “If only there was a mediator between myself and God.” In his argument with God, Job feels that there is no one to whom he can look as an arbiter. On one of two condition only, he thinks, could the contest be more even between himself and God: (1) If God divesting Himself of all his divine attributes, became man, one like you and I or as Job. (2) If some mediator could be found so that he could decide the contest.

Job thought neither condition possible. Yet the gospel provides a fulfillment of both conditions. “The I AM (of the Old and New Testament) is the mediator, or arbiter between God and man. Made possible by the fact that He did laid down his divinity and took up the likeness of mankind. He suffered and died. Not that we really truly need an arbiter between God and man but Jesus is the One who represents God to man, the One through whom man can understand and approach God (see Hebrews 2:17, 18).

Therefore, Jesus came to mediate or show us how it becomes possible for us to approach God. He shows us how to have an intimate relationship with God the Father.

Published by The Bible In Your Hand

Hi, I am Pastor Lester Bentley, a devoted husband, father, and Pastor for the Northeastern Wyoming District of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. I am committed to the great gospel commission as stated in Matthew 28:19, 20.

2 thoughts on “Job’s call for a Mediator

    1. Thank you Kevin for responding, sorry for me taking so long to reply. Job is such a wonderful book, giving us insight into the battle taking place between good and evil. It gives us insight into why terrible things happen around us. It also shows us that in the end, God Will Win!
      Pastor Lester

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