”If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together,
someone to remove God’s rod from me,
so that his terror would frighten me no more.” (Job 9:33–34).
In this life we live under the constant barrage of the consequences of sin. The chastisement of sin impinges upon our relationships, our self-image, our physical health and our faith. So we fear God.
Job laments how we need a mediator. Someone to bring us together with God. Someone to remove God’s chastisement from us. We are in terror over this life – if we live without a mediator, an advocate.
Peter tells Cornelius and us that God announced “the good news of [shalom] peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.” (Acts 10:36) God raised Christ from the dead and appointed him “appointed as judge of the living and the dead.” (Acts 10:42) 1 Timothy 2:5 – “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:19-20, Heb 8:6, 9:15, 12:24)
Praise to God that we have Jesus Christ who delivers us from the terror of sin (Isa 53:4-5) and enables us to have access to God and speak without fear (Heb 4:16, Rom 5:2, Eph 3:12, 1 John 4:17).
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