Job 9 … Consider Him Our Mediator, Wise in Heart and Mighty in Strength

“In truth I know that this is so;
But how can a man be in the right before God?
“If one wished to dispute with Him,
He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.
“Wise in heart and mighty in strength,
Who has defied Him without harm?”
(9:2-4).

The odds are definitely not in Job’s favor. Not even once in a thousand times could he ever come out on top in an argument with God; in other words, not ever.

And once again I am reminded of this truth about Him.

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law, (Deuteronomy 29:29).

There’s just so much we don’t understand. Job recounts many things about God that have been revealed to us: His power over all creation, the mountains, the seas, and the constellations; His wondrous works that are unfathomable and without number; His authority beyond scrutiny (9:1-12).

But now, Job is stuck in that place of the secret things, the things about Him that are undisclosed to our natural minds, things that we often think are worthy of disputing, things that stir up more questions and concerns than answers and assurance.

Job readily admits that no man can be in the right before Him; and he has no trouble acknowledging that God’s wisdom and strength are vastly beyond that of man.

“In truth I know that this is so;
But how can a man be in the right before God?
“If one wished to dispute with Him,
He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.
“Wise in heart and mighty in strength,
Who has defied Him without harm?”
(9:2-4).

It is almost as though Job has come to this conclusion: “it’s hopeless, so why even bother? I will never be acquitted of my guilt.” But deep down he believes God’s treatment of him is unfair. And if truth be told, we’ve all been there. People even write books about it. Lots of books. Below are a few book titles I found on the web regarding this subject:

Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Why Us? When Bad Things Happen to God’s People
Why do Bad Things Happen to God’s People? A Biblical Look at the Problem of Suffering
When Good Things Happen to Bad People

It really is an age-old question. And while we know there are secret things about Him that will remain a mystery to us until we see Him face to face, there are some comforting truths we can glean about Him, Who Is Wise in Heart and Mighty in Strength from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

Wise in Heart:

Wise: “2450. חָכָם ḥāḵām: An adjective meaning wise. This word is used to describe one who is skilled or experienced.”
Heart: “3824. לֵבָב lēḇāḇ: A masculine noun meaning heart, mind, inner person. The primary usage of this word describes the entire disposition of the inner person that God can discern… It is also used to describe the place where the rational, thinking process occurs… Like our English usage, it often refers to the seat of emotions, whether it refers to joy…”

Mighty in Strength:

Mighty: “533. אמִּיץ ʾammiyṣ, אַמִּץ ʾammiṣ: An adjective meaning mighty, brave, strong… used to depict the strength of God and His might… as well as His means of bringing judgment on peoples…”
Strength: “3581. כֹּחַ kōaḥ, כּוֹחַ kôaḥ: I. A masculine noun meaning power, strength. It is a general term referring to power or might in many different settings…”

Job didn’t know everything, but He knew this much: because wisdom permeates everything that He is, because His entire being is perfectly experienced in discerning all matters of the heart, and because He is strong in His own strength, God is consummately skilled and all-powerful in every action and judgment.

And Job also knew he was no match for Him. Even though he believed he had done nothing so grievous as to be on the receiving end of this undeserved discipline, Job knew better than to step into a court of law to argue his case before Almighty God. And from the depths of his despair, we hear his plea, “if only there was one who would mediate, one who would be able to speak on my behalf.”

“For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him,
That we may go to court together.
33 “There is no umpire [mediator] between us,
Who may lay his hand upon us both.
34 “Let Him remove His rod from me,
And let not dread of Him terrify me.
35 “Then I would speak and not fear Him;
But I am not like that in myself
,” (9:32-35).

Job knew. We are not on God’s level, not even close. He is so high above us; how could we ever expect to stand before Him on our own and represent ourselves? And Job also knew, in and of himself, he was doomed.

And God knew; that in and of ourselves we are also doomed. But in God’s unified and perfect Wisdom and His undivided and absolute Might, He would satisfy our desperate need through our matchless Mediator Who Is Wise in Heart and Mighty in Strength.

Consider Him Our Mediator, Wise in Heart and Mighty in Strength

  • Jesus Our Mediator
    • 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).
  • Jesus Our Mediator, Wise in Heart
    • But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, (1 Corinthians 1:30).
    • to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen, (Romans 16:27).
    • For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, (1 Corinthians 1:21-23).
    • But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, (1 Corinthians 1:30).
    • that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, (Colossians 2:2-3).
    • so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, (Ephesians 3:10-11).
  • Jesus Our Mediator, Mighty in Strength
    • For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek, (Romans 1:16).
    • For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God, (1 Corinthians 1:18).
    • For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power, (1 Corinthians 4:20).
    • And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power, (Hebrews 1:3) .
    • seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence, (2 Peter 1:3).
  • Our Mediator, Wise in Heart and Mighty in Strength
    • but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God, (1 Corinthians 1:24).

How do we respond to Him Our Mediator, Wise in Heart and Mighty in Strength?

There will be times, maybe days or months, and perhaps years, when we may find ourselves in a place where life just doesn’t make sense. But unlike Job, if we have placed our faith in Jesus for our salvation, we no longer stand before Him on our own without a Mediator. Jesus stands in our place as Our Mediator, Wise in Heart and Mighty in Strength; and He and He alone is qualified to do so.

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:5-).

And we no longer need to stand before Him confused. Many will attempt to interpret God through their own wisdom, and even argue that if He was so good, why on earth would bad things happen to His people? In those times, when the voice of doubt rises, whether from within our own thoughts or from the heckling taunts of those convinced they know better, it is exactly then that we must dig into His Word and ask His Holy Spirit to keep us from analyzing His Word through our circumstances.

Every word of God is tested;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
Do not add to His words
Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar, (Proverbs 30:5-6).

Oh, may we instead grow to evaluate the events of this life through the prism of His proven Word that disperses the light of His Truth as our shield.

Because the Truth is, there is coming a day when Our Mediator, Wise in Heart and Mighty in Strength will be recognized by all.

Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” 13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever, (Revelations 5:11-13).

As we wait for the day, when we will stand before Him, acquitted by the blood of Jesus, let us diligently pray that He will grow our faith in Him Our Mediator, Wise in Heart and Mighty in Strength. And when we find ourselves confronted by those things that don’t make sense, those secret things that He alone comprehends, let us rest in His wisdom and power that is able to accomplish in us far more than we can possibly fathom.

so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God, (1 Corinthians 2:5).

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, (Ephesians 3:20).

Let’s Grow Together!

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