I need a Mediator!

Scripture reading for May 20: Job 8-10

When you talk with unbelievers, one of the main accusations against the idea of a supreme being is the injustice that is in the world.  How can a loving God allow such suffering of innocent people?  If God is all powerful, why does He allow evil to happen to good people?  If He is indeed just, does this mean that all suffering people are suffering because God is punishing them?  For many, these questions keep them from knowing God and embracing Him by faith!

The next friend of Job to speak was Bildad the Shuhite.  He told Job that his words were like a blustering wind!   He told Job that because his children sinned, God merely gave them over to the penalty of their sin!  (Job 8:2-4)  He was sure that God gave people what they deserved and he pointed Job to past generations and what they had experienced.  (Job 8:8-9)  He did encourage Job to plead with God for mercy and told him that God could restore him if he were really pure and upright. (Job 8:5-6)

Job answered his friend with a question: ” How can any mortal man be righteous before God?”  (Job 9:2)  He was aware of the great gap between him and God,  and he felt the need for a mediator, one who could arbitrate for him with this great God.  (Job 9:32-35)  Job spoke plainly to God about his need to understand what he had done wrong.  (Job 10:2)  He was not sure of his guilt.  Out of his pain, he wished he would have died before birth and asks for a reprieve before he does die!  (Job 10:20)

Suffering encourages us to ask the hard questions about our own life.  Job truly wanted to know if he was guilty of sin and if so, what was that sin?  Job grappled with his mortality and God’s great power and knowledge.  He tried to understand the justice of God in a situation that felt unfair.  His own friend Bildad had tried to help him see an aspect of God’s justice, but it was not feeling right in Job’s spirit.   We know that God said that Job was blameless but Job did not feel like it in his trial! (Job 1:8)

Job 9:33 “There is no arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both.”

Another thing to take note of is God’s answer to Job’s prayer for a mediator.  We now have a mediator Who is seated at God’s right hand on our behalf!  Jesus Christ is the One Mediator between God and man!  He is a man like us and understands our suffering and weakness and is able to help us when we suffer and are tempted!  (1st Timothy 2:5-6)

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