Job 9:33-35

 

If only there were someone to mediate between us,

someone to bring us together,

someone to remove God's rod from me,

so that his terror wrould frighten me no more.

Then I would speak up without fear of him,

but as it now stands with me, I cannot. 

 

Content

Job responds to his friend and philosopher Bildad. Bildad claims that if Job is innocent, he has a case to bring to God to justify why he doesn't deserve all the suffering he's received. God will hear him and bless him because he is blameless. However, Job knows that this assertion is not true to God's character and being. He knows God is far too big, holy, and powerful to take to court and win. Job knows he will be crushed because even the blameless are guilty when compared to God. He has a basic human longing to find a mediator between him and God. Someone to communicate his needs to God and to have a third party deal with his request to protect him. The mediator removes the thought of God's dread and terror and grants Job a voice to speak. But such a mediator does not exist for Job or for any human.

 

Interpretation

Job's desire is so true to the human experience. When faced with the reality of God's power and holiness, how dare we ask to make a case for ourselves to God? How can we in confidence do such a thing? Here's where it gets fun. This side of the cross of Jesus Christ, we can do such a thing! The son of God is said to be a mediator for us and God. 

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).

Whoa! What?! Job's longings are fulfilled in Christ. Jesus grants our request before God. Plus, we don't have to make a case for our blamelessness anymore because Jesus has done that, too, by taking our sin and giving us his righteousness. This is why I can confidently come into God's presence.

 

Application

I can now go before God in prayer and joy because of what Jesus has done. Priase him for satisfying the desires of hurting human souls! Praise be to Jesus, the mediator between God and man. There is no fear in coming to God and asking him to hear my cry. I need not ever worry that I am too small or insignificant in the face of a great, holy God. Anxiety washes away and my soul is restored even in the midst of hurting or loss. I have a mediator who takes away all fear and anxiety and replaces it with confidence and joy.