By Jerroll Martens, Newton Presbyterian Manor chaplain
“Neither is there a daysman betwixt us that might lay his hand upon us both.” Job 9:33 The ancient man Job cried out for someone to bring him into the presence of God.
Job, afflicted and discouraged, wanted to bring his case before God and have some answers, but he knew enough of the true God that no human being was worthy to come into His presence. His cry was to find such a person, one who was welcome in God’s presence and who also understood his problem and could do something about it. This is pictured in the ancient practice of the arbitrator, the mediator, laying a hand on the head of each of the parties involved. It spoke of fairness, justice and a well pleasing outcome for each party.
This pictures the sinful human condition before a Holy God. We are not worthy to come into his presence. However, in Bethlehem a baby was born who held the hand of a Holy God and the hand of man. I Timothy 2:5 says, “….one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” The angel told Joseph of Mary, “she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus.” He was fully God and fully man in order that He might “bring” us to God. Merry Christmas!