We Need a Mediator
“He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. 33 If only there were someone to mediate between us,
someone to bring us together, 34 someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. 35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,
but as it now stands with me, I cannot.”
In today’s passage Job acknowledges his great need and desire to meet directly with God Almighty. Since he recognizes and honors the Holiness of God, he knows that he could not approach him because of his own imperfect condition, even if it were physically possible to do so.
It is thought Job lived at least two thousand years before Jesus. Many view today’s passage as a prophecy of Jesus our Messiah. Job recognized he needed someone to mediate between God and him. A “mediator” is an intercessor or spokesman. To “mediate” is to act as an intermediary, or to intervene, or interpose.
Though Job did not yet know Jesus in these capacities, he very clearly stated his recognition of the need for the future roles of our Savior. Jesus came to take our place, to interpose Himself into our hopeless situation. He did not come to intervene in our death; He came to die in our place.
Only Jesus could meet the need Job described. “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” (Hebrews 7:25).
Thank the Father for sending His Son, Jesus, as our ultimate Savior, Mediator and Intercessor.
Dive Deeper: Study Job 9; Hebrews 7.