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Thoughts from the Word

The Arbiter

I was reflecting tonight as I read through Job on a message I heard just about a year ago.  The message was ‘Jesus: The Only Mediator’ and was shared at the 2010 Resolved Conference by Pastor Rick Holland (Watch/Listen to it here).  Below are a few brief thoughts I have about this amazing passage of Scripture coupled with the incredible fulfillment found in Jesus Christ!

Job asks the question in Job 9:2, “But how can a man be in the right before God?”  After watching his entire life come apart at the seams and listening to two of his ‘friends’ first attack his innocence and then call for his repentance Job wants to know how he can possibly defend his case before God.

He continues in 9:14,15 – “How then can I answer him, choosing my words with Him? Though I am in the right, I cannot answer him; I must appeal for mercy to my accuser.”  Job desperately longs for a way to plead his case, to beg for mercy but there is no words to be found.

Finally in 9:32,33 Job recognizes the heart of the issue, “For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together.  There is no arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both.”  Here in one of the first books of the Bible ever written, Job recognizes that he has no arbiter between him and God.  There is no way for him as a man to interact with the God that made him.  It highlights our incredible need for Jesus Christ!!

I Timothy 2:3-6 highlights the amazing feat that was accomplished through the God-Man Jesus Christ.  It states, “This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”

Jesus as perfect man and perfect God is the only one in the history of all things who has been able to stand in the gap that exists between God and man.  Through his death on the cross, he provided a way for us to boldly access a holy God and make our plea before him.  A plea that is not based on our own actions or righteousness but a plea that claims nothing other than the blood of the Arbiter.


About Marshall Walter

Marshall Walter is the College Pastor at Grace Brethren Church in Simi Valley. Married to Beka, the two of them enjoying living life and sharing in ministry together.


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