Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Thanks for the Mediator
JOB 9:2,3,32,33,34,35- I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God? If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand. For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment. Neither is there any daysman (mediator, advocate, helper) betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both. Let him take his rod away from me, and let not his fear terrify me: Then would I speak, and not fear him; but it is not so with me.
In any process of mediation, two parties with issues of conflict, agree upon one problem-solver in the middle, worthy of the trust of both and able to work toward reconciliation without bias or impropriety, Usually the mediator will seek concessions from both in order to work toward an equitable compromise. But this is not so in the issues between a Holy God and sinful men and women! We cannot stop sinning. God cannot condone sin or draw close to it. The Mediator in this case, Jesus, was sent from Heaven to identify with the lot of humanity- an infant, a young man, growing in a trade, growing in the community, growing in the knowledge of scripture, growing in the realization that he was the Anointed One. A broken law required the death penalty. The Mediator must die to settle it! And then be raised again(Psalm 16)
Trusting in the righteousness of This Other, and in the sufficiency of his obedience and sufferings, frail men and women may now approach God confidently and with thankful hearts. It is theirs to repent, reach out and receive.