December 12, 2018: If only there were . . .

 

Job 9:33-34 (NIV)
33  If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both,
34  someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.

 

Job was growing more and more exhausted with every new wave of affliction.  He longed for death but eluded him.  He wanted someone to give him and answer that would satisfy but none of his three friends were found to be that wise or discerning.  Affliction, pain, more misery, and all Job had to look forward to be more of the same.  He longed to die but even that would not yield to his requests.

In the midst of his despair, a thought that was completely new to him invaded his mind.  If only there was someone who could stand between God and Job.  If only there was someone who could take Job’s case and argue it in the halls of eternal justice.  If only there was someone who could take the rod of God’s wrath off his shoulders so that the terror of God would no longer frighten him.

With every passing chapter, we see Job drawing closer and closer to the true faith.  He now understands that it cannot be anything that he could do because all he could do was to incite more fear and terror whenever he thought of God.

In a few more chapters, we will see Job draw even closer to the truth that will eventually set him free.  We are like Job in that the truth has to work in us in a far deeper way for us to be set free.  Job was doing his best to hold on to his faith, but every experience was convincing him that there was nothing he could do.  He was not good enough, wise enough, or powerful enough to rescue himself.  All his sacrificing and offering only led to him losing his children and everything else he had.

Job now knew he needed someone who could stand between God and him.  Someone who could argue his case.  Someone who could remove the rod of oppression from his shoulders, someone who could bring to an end the night terrors and the fear of God’s wrath.

Little did he know he was describing what our Lord Jesus would do when he came?  He was so close.

You have now come home to the shepherd and bishop of your souls.  You can rest now from your labor for Jesus is your rest.

 

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