A Closer Look
At times our Christian culture can be the culprit of downplaying God’s holiness. Yet we do have access to the Lord in a way that our forefathers could only have dreamed of.
For instance, the suffering Job endures is enough for him to question God’s motive, but he realizes there’s a barrier preventing him from truly pleading his case. He says in Job 9:32-33, “He [God] is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together.”
Job reveres God, and he understands his liability. God’s divine, and he’s human. Job has no legitimacy in confronting God. And so he’s left to wonder, could there be someone to stand in this gap? At this point Job’s not at all confident that a mediator exists, but eventually he becomes more confident.
In fact, he later says these well-known words: “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.” Job had a shadowy promise, but ours is a firm one. Jesus was, Jesus is, Jesus will be.