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~ Day Nine ~
MAGNIFY
No Other Name
The Book of Job ~ Chapter Nine
"For He is not a man, as I am,
that I may answer Him,
and that we should go to court together.
Nor is there any mediator between us,
who may lay his hand on us both."
(Job 9:32, 33)
MORNING MEDITATION
Mediator
Job felt unjustly treated by his friends whose cruel counsel only revealed their lack of compassion and understanding for his present state of distress. Job and his friends were entirely unaware that the Lord had permitted Satan to crush him in order to accomplish His higher purposes for all of their lives (and multitudes of others!). Little did Job know that the intense crushing upon his life would accomplish what it does for the olive, bringing forth an abundance of oil that would be used to reduce the friction between God and man. Unable to obtain the slightest relief from his friends, Job was desperate to obtain an audience with the Lord. He desired to present his case before the Supreme Court of heaven, where he could declare his innocence and finally be acquitted of his unjust life sentence of suffering. But he dared not represent himself before the Judge of all the earth. What he needed was someone who could mediate his case before God. "How then can I answer Him, and choose my words to reason with Him? For though I were righteous, I could not answer Him; I would beg mercy of my Judge" (Job 9:14, 15).

"For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men,
the Man Christ Jesus,
who gave Himself a ransom for all,
to be testified in due time."
(1 Timothy 2:5)

Jesus was appointed to be our Arbitrator even before the foundation of the world was laid. The Lord God chose the only suitable Mediator who could represent both sides in the great Trial of all the ages, with holy God as the Plaintiff and sinful man the defendant. There is only One, who is at the same time both God and Man, who could present our case before the Supreme Bench and repair the terrible breach that has existed between heaven and earth since the time man first sinned and broke God's holy Law. "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). Jesus, who lived among men, having entered our suffering and able to sympathize with our weaknesses, being tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15), knows our case so well; and He also has intimate knowledge of the One who created the Law, making Him the supreme Arbitrator and Peacemaker to reconcile sinful man to holy God. The charges that are brought against the defendant: "The soul who sins shall surely die" (Ezekiel 18:4b); are met with a plea of a thousand excuses, until the sinner is finally brought to the end of himself and left naked and exposed in his sin. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Our Mediator, moved with love to the Father, desiring above all to uphold His honor, and with deep compassion for the sinner, unable to bear sending such poor creatures to a far greater torment, decided that He Himself would pay all that the Father's justice required. "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). What marvelous mercy and wondrous grace! Our Mediator pledged Himself to suffer and die in our place! He took the punishment for sin that we deserved, and spared us the just sentence we deserved for our sins. "For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies," says the Lord GOD. "Therefore turn and live!" (Ezekiel 18:32). The Father has accepted the full atonement our great Mediator has provided and our case has been gloriously settled! The books have been closed so that no charge can ever be brought against us again. No greater case has ever been won! Let us pray for every poor sinner to come to accept the One and only Mediator who has suffered the just punishment we all deserved - the death penalty - and has won our case in the Supreme Court of heaven. May the multitudes confess Him as Lord and Savior to the glory of the Father (Romans 10:9)! "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord!" (Romans 6:23).

"Come now, and let us reason together,"
says the LORD,
"Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall be as wool."
(Isaiah 1:18)
AFTERNOON DEVOTION
Read: Job Chapter Nine

"For He is not a man, as I am,
that I may answer Him,
and that we should go to court together.
Nor is there any mediator between us,
who may lay his hand on us both.
(Job 9:32, 33)

Job was a tormented man who simply wanted some relief for his aching body, and who longed for the presence of God, but his friends were so busy talking that they missed a divine opportunity to help their poor friend. Their empty ramblings and hollow words only added to his misery, and caused him to desire further escape. There was nothing that they said that Job didn't already know. "Truly I know it is so, but how can a man be righteous before God? If one wished to contend with Him, He could not answer Him one time out of a thousand" (Job 9:2,3). There was only one place that Job wanted to be, and it certainly wasn't sitting in the ash heap with his so-called friends who were wearing him out with their long-winded speeches. He longed to rise up to that heavenly realm where the atmosphere is pure and the air is sweet. To sit in fellowship with his dear Friend, whose comfort and counsel he so desperately needed and missed. "How then can I answer Him, and choose my words to reason with Him? For though I were righteous, I would not answer Him; I would beg mercy of my Judge" (Job 9:14, 15). All he needed was a little help getting there. His present circumstances had humbled him, and he recognized how truly small he was in the eyes of God. The Lord had allowed His favored servant to be stripped of everything, and now Job felt helpless and naked before the eyes of God. But even in all of this he didn't run from God. Job sought the presence of God, and he was determined to gain an audience with the Lord; if only he had a mediator who would stand in the gap and provide a way for him, so he could break through the silence and find the comfort he needed. "Let Him take His rod away from me, and do not let dread of Him terrify me. Then I would speak and not fear Him, but it is not so with me" (Job 9:34, 35). How blessed we are today, to know that we have the Advocate, Jesus Christ, who hears our cries and abundantly pardons! Whenever we come to Him we find the comfort and help we are longing for (Matthew 11:28-30). His love is deep! His mercy's great! Let us come boldly before the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16)! Let us pray for increased spiritual sensitivity and a listening heart that hears what our friends truly need, that they may be finding difficult to express from the depths of their pain and suffering. May we use our words to usher them into the presence of God so they can find the comfort, help, and healing they truly need! "Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3).

"But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry,
inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant,
which was established on better promises."
(Hebrews 8:6)
EVENING PRAYER
"LORD, I know that You can do everything,
and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You."
(Job 42:2)

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