If only there were someone to mediate between us,
someone to bring us together,
34 someone to remove God’s rod from me,
so that his terror would frighten me no more.
35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,
but as it now stands with me, I cannot. Job 9:33-35
We’ve already seen the first prophecy of the coming Messiah: Genesis 3:15, where God promises that the seed of the woman will one day crush the head of the serpent. Today, in what was most likely the first book of the Bible to be written, we see Job as the first one to long for the Messiah’s coming.
Job cries for a mediator who will remove God’s punishment (“God’s rod”) from Job. Someone who would bring God and man together. Someone who would allow humanity to speak to God without fear.
Lord Jesus, thank You for being the answer to Job’s prayer! Job longed for a mediator that could stand between Himself and God. You, Lord Jesus, are that mediator! (1 Tim. 2:5). You are the One that has brought the two together, breaking down the dividing wall of hostility (Ephesians 2:14-16)!
Job wished for one that would remove the rod of God’s punishment far from him. Lord Jesus, You did (Isaiah 53:5).
Job dreamed of a day when he could speak to God without fear of Him. Oh, Lord Jesus, You made a way! You tore the veil! Because of You, we can approach the throne of Grace with confidence that we may receive grace and mercy (Hebrews 4:16).
I praise you Lord Jesus, that what was prayed by a man who lived before Abraham was fulfilled by the Son of God, who said, “Before Abraham was, I am!” (John 8:48-49)