‘But how can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?’ (9:1) the answer is we cannot. Job goes on to talk of God’s power but the part I want to focus on comes at the end of chapter 9:
‘He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.’ (Job 9:32-35).
Here with have a common image of God as a judge and heaven as a court. Another name for the devil, is ‘the accuser’ which fits into this image. Job is lamenting that there is no advocate to speak for him and that he cannot speak for himself because he is not righteous and because God is so great. This means that there is a breakdown in the relationship between God and man. Job states quite clearly what is needed: a mediator and someone to take ‘God’s rod’ away so that Job might have his relationship with God restored. Job is, in fact, crying out for Jesus.
‘For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus’ (1Tim 2:5).
‘We have one who speaks to the Father in our defence – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One’ (1John 1:21).
‘He himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by his wounds you were healed’ (1Peter 2:24).
‘This is love: not that we love God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins’ (1John 4:10).
Job sees the problem and the solution, we can rejoice because we have Jesus as our mediator and because of His death and resurrection we are judged righteous. What is the benefit of all this? It means that we can speak to God and therefore our relationship with him is restored! This is what Job is longing for and this is what God has given us, His only Son so that we might have a restored relationship with Him. This is what we celebrate at Easter.