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Encourage0gram May 1, 2020

Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram
May 1, 2020
 
Dear Friends,
 
What a beautiful sunny and warm day in Colorado!  It looks like spring has surely arrived.  I am so very thankful for the sunshine and the warmer temperatures.
 
We concluded yesterday’s Egram with the promise to listen to Job’s cries for a mediator today.
 
Job is desperately lonely in his suffering! His “friends” are not offering any real help!
 
NIV Job 19:7
"Though I cry, 'Violence!' I get no response; though I call for help, there is no justice.
 
NIV Job 19:14
My relatives have gone away; my closest friends have forgotten me.
 
Sadly, this happens very regularly in our suffering.  Job’s “friends” were present, but their counsel only increased his agony.  Out of desperation Job cries out for a mediator.  Someone who could intercede for him with God.  He struggles over the injustice that he feels he is experiencing.  The counsel from his wife and his friends only increases his grief.  They are not interceding for him but accusing him of sins that he has not committed.   
 
NIV Job 9:32-36
"He (the LORD) is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him, that we might confront each other in court. 33 If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, 34 someone to remove God's rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. 35 Then I would speak up without fear of him, but as it now stands with me, I cannot.
 
Please note, in this cry Job confesses his humanity before God.  He wants to enter a courtroom and talk to God.  Confront is a poor translation; the verb simply means to enter.  The term to mediate suggests someone who will stand in the gap and make a decision.  The NAS translates it “an umpire.”  The goal is reconciliation – “bring us together.”  Job wants the rod of discipline to be removed so that his fears might end. He feels helpless and we all understand why he does!
 
NIV Job 13:3 But I desire to speak to the Almighty and to argue my case with God.
 
In this later cry, Job wants to speak with the Almighty and is willing to represent himself.  This is what happens in a latter scene in the story in chapters 38-42.
 
I am so very impressed with the faith of Job.  He had limited revelation of who God is and how He works.  If Job could cry out for a mediator, how much more can we?  We know that the Lord Jesus Christ is interceding for us.  We are confident that he is not only our arbiter, but He is the judge.  We know that we are destined to receive an acquittal because we trust in Jesus who paid the debt of sin that we owe to our Holy God. So, let us run to our Savior in prayer.  The courtroom is open, and the decision has already been made in our favor.  How blessed we are to rely on Jesus in every circumstance in life. He has laid his nail pierced hands on both of us and settled the charges once and for all! 
 
NIV Hebrews 7:25
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
 
Read the words of Paul and give thanks to God for the Savior who was not spared by the Father!
 
NIV Romans 8:32-37
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died-- more than that, who was raised to life-- is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
 
As the Spirit of God leads us into this hurting world, may we invite others to trust in our Mediator!  He promises to never leave nor forsake us! Jesus never fails!
 
Until Tomorrow,
Pastor Rick

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