More Than He Bargained
Some people are bargain hunters, and others want a whole lot more than they are capable. A humorous letter was written from a “We Buy Gold” company to one of their prospective client who was definitely “prospecting.”
“We are sorry to inform you that the one-ounce gold coins you sent us are in actual fact chocolate coins in gold foil and would not warrant the thirty thousand pounds you requested…Just to clarify that when we offer to buy gold we specify that it is of the precious metal variety…We hope this clarifies the matter and we please ask that you not send any more items unless they are of the gold variety.”
How many letters could God send to us like this? We have a very dim view of the exchange rate in heaven. We often do not comprehend what we are truly asking from God, like Job.
Job cried for a “daysman” who could stand between God and him. He wanted an arbiter who would represent his case to God and hopefully return with an answer to his question, “Why?” This is so one-sided, and as we will see later in the book, God never answers why Job suffered. Instead, God shows Job how incapable he is to comprehend all the decisions God makes flawlessly every day.
However, we do see the “Daysman” in the New Testament. Jesus Christ is our “Apostle and High Priest” (Hebrews 3:1). Instead of a one-sided representative, we need someone who understands the inner-workings of the celestial system and one who has experienced man’s plight to a degree he will represent us authentically. God is incomprehensible, so the only one who can understand Him is…Himself. Yet, we also can’t have a corrupted representative. Someone who is tainted with sin would suddenly fall into our same selfish trap!
Jesus Christ, as the Apostle, represents God in all His glory to us. God spoke in “sundry times and in divers manners…hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son” (Hebrews 1:1-2). The Word was the full revelation of God—”the express image of his person” (Hebrews 1:3). before an audience with the One “which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number,” we must understand His greatness mutes any grievance we have (Job 9:10). He could snuff out the light of our life, but in His purity and power, He remains merciful.
As our Great High Priest, His compassions fail not because he has been “touched with the feelings of our infirmities” and “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). He was willing to declare himself fully and die for us completely, he is the “author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him” (Hebrews 5:9)!
I would say, Job got more than he bargained. He wanted a chance to represent his complaints, but Christ absorbed these in himself and sacrificially made an eternal way to glory.