An Umpire

“In truth I know that this is so; But how can a man be in the right before God? If one wished to dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand times. Wise in heart and mighty in strength, Who has defied Him without harm?… How then can I answer Him, And choose my words before Him? For though I were right, I could not answer; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge… If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?… For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together. There is no umpire between us, Who may lay his hand upon us both.”

-Job 9:2-4, 14-15, 19, 32-33

“If only God were, say a man. The thought almost seems blasphemous, to wish God was a man. Yet that is the cry of the entire Old Testament. God is not a man! We can’t deal with God! He’s Spirit! Send us an umpire!”

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

He passed through the heavens and stopped in here. Read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and you encounter the almighty God walking on Israel’s dusty roads. Job wanted to meet God in a court where each party could be represented by a Mediator. The request was granted on behalf of all mankind just outside the northwest wall of Jerusalem, on a hill called the skull, on a primitive execution device called a cross. But the strangest thing happened at this court proceeding at Calvary. Instead of both parties meeting together to work things out through the Mediator, they both abandoned Him.”

-Rick Holland, Uneclipsing the Son, 53, 55

One Mediator

“It is not a choice between the Lord Jesus and other mediators. It is a choice between the Lord Jesus and none at all.”

-Tom Carson, Morning Meditation Radio Broadcast, April 19, 1945, as recorded in D. A. Carson, Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: the Life and Reflections of Tom Carson, 38

1 Timothy 2:5-6 “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, a man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.”