SUBJ: Seeing Christ as our mediator
in all things pertaining to life and godliness and to see it illustrated
in the need Job expressed.
AIM: That we might be encouraged by
the knowledge that Jesus, our daysman properly represents the demands of
God and the needs of His people and so pleads our cause.
INTR: Job is a beautiful piece of
Hebrew poetry in which the plight of a very special person in God’s plan
is used bring a special lesson to the hearts of believers everywhere.
1. The description given of Job allows us to see that this was not
punishment for sin; rather Job and we are allowed to see the sovereignty
of God, the reactions to the suffering in the absence of a sense of
God’s presence, and that faith will prevail against all things.
Job offered sacrifices so that we know that he understood the principle
of substitutionary atonement for sin and his integrity was extolled to
3. Faced with the loss of both property and family, he still
blessed the name of the Lord.
4. Touched in his person and the loss
of the sense of divine presence he complained bitterly and was given no
comfort from his wife and friends.
THESIS: True faith will maintain in the face of no sensed contact
with the Lord and it prevailed with Job. We remember: Who is among you
that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that
walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the
LORD, and stay upon his God. Isaiah 50:10.
I. Job’s condition
1. If I say?
2. His losses and grief were very real
and the challenge to him to this point was to find out what he had done
or for what manner of sin he was being punished which only increased his
3. He recognized the folly of trying to self-encourage and
move on; he could say it but what would it mean.
4. Even here he
realized that he could not control his feelings so was afraid of his
sorrows; they would just come back and that would be found to be sinful.
II. Job’s confession (vv. 29-32)
1. If I be wicked – that is
guilty of the hypocrisy with which his friends were charging him – he
would have no remedy.
1) Why bother?
2) V. 30 describes an extreme
effort at trying to present before the Lord: He knew: For though thou
wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is
marked before me, saith the Lord GOD. Jeremiah 2:22.
3) V. 31 Finds
him incapable of maintaining a successful way before the Lord and he
knew of his own sinful estate.
2. He knew that any effort would still
leave him exposed to the discerning eye of God and his depravity would
be seen by him and others.
3. The declaration of v. 32 reveals that
the Lord was not to be dealt with on human terms nor would He submit to
human reasonings and explanations – that was what his friends were
III. Job’s confusion (vv. 33ff)
1. We say confusion in
that he sensed accurately what was needed and knew that it would take
another to restore him to fellowship with the Lord.
2. The word
“daysman” is called umpire in the margin and indicated as an arbiter or
mediator – one who takes on the interest of two contending parties.
1) Job wanted a hearing and the Lord owed him none.
2) When Eli the
priest was rebuking his sons he said something warranting close
attention: If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him:
but if a man sin against the LORD, who shall intreat for him?
Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father,
because the LORD would slay them. 1 Samuel 2:25.
3) Job wanted
someone who could deal fairly with him before the Lord – he would not
charge God foolishly (Job 1:10).
4) He needed someone who could sense
his grief and sorrow and the causes of it and so represent him before
the Lord in a way of honor and praise.
3. It is here we would examine
1) We are reminded of Jacob’s plight in his flight
into exile and the ladder that appeared: 12 And he dreamed, and behold a
ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and
behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold,
the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy
father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will
I give it, and to thy seed; Genesis 28:12-13.
2) And we compare: And
he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall
see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the
Son of man. John 1:51.
3) As to touching God: And without controversy
great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh,
justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles,
believed on in the world, received up into glory. 1 Timothy 3:16.
As to touching Job and us: 14 Seeing then that we have a great high
priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us
hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot
be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points
tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly
unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to
help in time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16.
5) So, we are bidden: Casting
all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7.
realized in Job: 25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he
shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: 26 And though after my
skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Job
5. Job vindicated: In repentance toward God and the LORD
richly blessed and honored him.