Job suffered terribly. In his viewpoint, for no rhyme or reason. His fortune was gone, his house was destroyed, his children killed. Unknown to him, in the heavenly courts, a wager was made between God and Satan. It was to test Job’s faithfulness in the midst of suffering. I shall focus only on Job’s desire for an advocate to represent his case before God. When we face injustice and suffering, who can we turn to? Is there a greater power who can enact justice for us? It reminds me of the War Crimes tribunal that executes punishment on individuals who commit atrocities during the Holocaust or Pol Pot regime.
We begin with Job’s desire for a mediator or advocate for him in Job 9:32-35:
“God is not a mortal like me,
so I cannot argue with him or take him to trial.
If only there were a mediator between us,
someone who could bring us together.
The mediator could make God stop beating me,
and I would no longer live in terror of his punishment.
Then I could speak to him without fear,
but I cannot do that in my own strength.”
Note Job’s wish for a mediator between him and God. Someone like a middleman who could “bring us together.” This person could plead with God to relent and stop his suffering. Why does Job need a mediator? Because he is filled with fear. We know that people in the Bible have been afraid to face God. The fearful Israelites at the base of Mount Sinai told Moses to talk to God on behalf of them. This theme continues:
Even now my witness is in heaven.
My advocate is there on high.
My friends scorn me,
but I pour out my tears to God.
I need someone to mediate between God and me,
as a person mediates between friends.
If only I knew where to find God,
I would go to his court.
I would lay out my case
and present my arguments.
If only someone would listen to me!
Look, I will sign my name to my defense.
Let the Almighty answer me.
Let my accuser write out the charges against me.
He is confident that a mediator, a special messenger to intercede for him would solve his problem…
But if an angel from heaven appears—
a special messenger to intercede for a person
and declare that he is upright—
he will be gracious and say,
‘Rescue him from the grave,
for I have found a ransom for his life.’
Finally, Job also complains that God doesn’t understand his plight. God isn’t human. He doesn’t look through the eyes of human flesh:
Are your eyes like those of a human?
Do you see things only as people see them?
Job’s missing advocate was Jesus Christ. Jesus is the mediator between God and Man. Contrary to what Job complained, God took on human flesh and came to live with us. Jesus walked this earth, looking through human eyes, suffering pain in his human body. By his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead, he has become our mediator.
For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.
1 Tim 2:5
Jesus reconciled man and God so that we can come before him anytime before the throne of mercy. We bring our requests to God directly. What’s so amazing is that Jesus continues to this day to intercede for you and me (Romans 8:34). He’s praying for you! Because he has taken on human flesh, Jesus understand the pain and suffering you are going through. He is your advocate against Satan who accuses you before God day and night. Jesus is always telling the Devil about you, “This precious child has been covered with my blood. She is washed clean, purified and saved. Keep your hands off!” Thank God for Jesus our mediator.