Today’s Reading: Job 8-10
Hidden within the verses of these three chapters is a beautiful Old Testament picture of Jesus and our need for the Gospel. It is found in Job 9:30-33.
If I should wash myself with snow
And cleanse my hands with lye,
Yet You would plunge me into the pit,
And my own clothes would abhor me.
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 9:30-33 (NASB)
The Word of God makes it clear that we cannot clean ourselves. Like Job, it doesn’t matter the amount of soap or scrubbing we do with our good works or feeble attempts to “be good.” We remain sinful before a Holy God on our own merits. Something must be done on our behalf in order for the stain of sin to be removed. Praise God, the stain can be removed by Jesus Christ and what He did for us.
Come now, and let us reason together,
Says the Lord,
Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.
–Isaiah 1:18 (NASB)
In the immediate context of Job, this “umpire” mentioned in 9:33 would serve as one to judge between Job and God to determine who was right and who was wrong in the middle of all of this turmoil. Job correctly reasons that such an umpire cannot exist since God possesses the ultimate authority and serves as the ultimate judge of what is good and just. Though the immediate context points to this truth, it brought to my mind the reality that the “umpire” that stands between us and God does so, not to pass judgement, but to serve as a mediator. The Gospel tells us the mediator I elude to is Jesus Christ.
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. –1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NASB)
The Gospel declares that a great chasm exists between God and man due to or sinfulness. However, this chasm was bridged and our relationship with God was restored because of the completed work of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the umpire that stands between us and God. Though on our own, God would see nothing in us but sin and rebellion, because of Jesus standing between us, God sees us as righteous and redeemed.
This type of redemption is what Job and other Old Testament saints longed to see. They looked forward to the day when redemption would be available to all men. Today, we know that the Redeemer has come. Jesus Christ has made a way for our sins to be washed as white as snow and for us to stand before God without spot or wrinkle. Through faith in Jesus, our sins can be forgiven and our relationship with our Heavenly Father can be restored.
As a former profession baseball player, umpires weren’t my favorite group of people. But in light of today’s reading I say, “Praise God for THE Umpire!”
Rest in Jesus,