For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together. There is no [or would that there were an] arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both. (Job 10:32-33)
Job recognizes that the LORD is set apart as God saying, “He is not a man, as I am.” Thus were Job has no right to take God to court; the LORD is not required to give an answer to man, so Job would have nothing to say, for as a mere mortal he has no case to bring against the LORD.
Already Job’s friends Eliphaz and Bildad have spoken as expert lawyers. They not only stand to rightly defend the LORD, but they also presume to charge Job with wrong doing, as thought God needed them to serve as a prosecuting attorney.
Therefore, Job asks for a mediator. The footnote in the ESV I think is the better translation expressed in other versions like the NIV as, “If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together“ (see parallel of Job 9:33). Job expresses his desire literally that someone might “lay his hands on us both;” if only there was one who could establish peace between Job and the LORD.
And so why did Jobs response to his friends stand out to me today? Because you and I perceive something Job did not. We read about Job’s hope for a mediator in Mark 1, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God” (v. 1). Mark reminds us what we already know. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, came bringing good news to extend His hands reconciling God and man.
And so Job’s cry for someone to make peace between himself and the LORD was heard by God in heaven. Therefore, the Father answered sending His Son. If only the Apostle Paul could have been there with Job and his friends sharing with them what he wrote to Timothy, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).
What Job longed for is fulfilled in Christ.
We ought to be thankful that Christ has reconciled us to God. Yet I know my thanksgiving is hollow unless I become like Jesus; Paul put it this way, “We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us” (2 Cor. 5:20). Therefore, I demonstrate my thanks as one who extends my hands both in prayer and invitation for others to be reconciled to God. Compel me to share Your love with those I interact with so they too might receive peace with God.
Yes to Yield
LORD Jesus, I am thankful that you are the Mediator who has reconciled me to God. Yet I do not want my thanks to be empty. Holy Spirit empower me as Christ’s ambassador. Put within my heart a compassion for the lost. Compel me to intercession praying for people you gave Your life for. Direct me to share Your love with people I interact with so they too can find the peace with God You have provided. This I believe is the longing of Your heart; may it be fulfilled in me.