October 21 Job 9,10; Acts 13,14
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The Perfect Mediator | Tara Wiley
S~ If only there were someone to mediate between [God and me], someone to bring us together, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Job 9:33-34 NIV
Through [Jesus] everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. Acts 13:39 NIV
O~ Job lived in a time when not even the law of Moses was available to answer his heart’s cry (scholars believe this book of the Bible was written before Abraham was even born). All he knew of God was the declarations of creation itself (Psalm 19:1-6), Romans 1:20) combined with stories passed down to him through Adam and Eve’s descendants. In other words – he knew the splendor and Otherness and power of God, and he knew man had failed to meet God’s requirements for community with Him. Even before the Law, Job knew he and his children were justifiably separated from God, and he offered sacrifices on their behalf to try to obtain forgiveness and favor with Him (Job 1:5).
So here Job sat in his utter desolation, wishing for the comfort of a God he could not approach. And in Job 9:33, we first hear the word that Jesus would fulfill – mediator. I can just imagine the God’s face in this moment as he heard Job: full of compassion and longing for the fulfillment of His plan to be revealed.
Fast forward to today’s reading in Acts 13. Paul unwraps the Old Testament, unwrapping glimpses of God’s plan scattered throughout Israelite history and the Psalms. Then, like the triumphant breaking dawn when the sun finally lifts its fiery head above the horizon, Paul breathes a name: Jesus.
“Through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through Jesus everyone who believes is set free from every sin.” Good news! Amazing news! News Job was desperate to hear.
In multiple New Testament verses this role of Jesus as mediator (the legal term of one who goes between two parties to bring reconciliation) is unpacked:
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. I Timothy 2:5
…Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant… Hebrews 12:24
…Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance – now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:15
A/P~ Jesus, how grateful I am for Your role as Mediator! Because of You, I can “approach the throne of grace with confidence and find grace and mercy to help me in my time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) Because of You, there is no separation anymore between a perfect, holy God and me. My sins are covered – Your wrath, God, was poured out on Jesus when He died in my place. And now, Jesus, You stand at the throne of grace in heaven, interceding on my behalf (Hebrews 7:25, Romans 8:34). It’s almost too wonderful for words. I am speechless in the presence of Your great love. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.
Sent | Kelley Deases
S~ The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Selucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. Acts 13:4 (NIV)
O~ From the early days of the church, Jesus told His followers to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Matt. 28:19 And He left them (and us) with His Holy Spirit to prompt, guide, encourage, and sustain those missionaries along their way.
A~ As I read about the travels of Paul and Barnabas at the urging of the Holy Spirit, I couldn’t help but think of my college boy who is currently raising support to go on a two-week trip to New Delhi, India, to share the message of the gospel. My niece is also preparing to go to Jamaica with her high school senior class. (My son and I traveled to Jamaica five years ago with our church at the time to rock babies in an orphanage, lead VBS at a church, and help with construction on a new church building.) This past summer, my son’s best friend went to Africa with some members of his church group and my son’s girlfriend traveled around Europe with her worship choir. Last year, my nephew got the chance to go to Jordan, bringing his faith in Christ to every encounter he had with the people there. Another friend and former neighbor has been living in Rome for something like five years now, sharing her love of Jesus with university students in an extremely secular country. I love to see how the Holy Spirit is still at work, pushing believers to “Go” so He can change hearts through the process — both the hearts of the receivers and of those who are sent.
P~ Thank You for the passion You have put in my son which compels him to want to share You with people on the other side of the world. I ask You to provide the financial backing he needs as confirmation this is indeed Your plan for him to go.
Jesus is THE Way | Robin Laney
S~ I want you to know, my very dear friends, that it is on account of this resurrected Jesus that the forgiveness of your sins can be promised. He accomplishes, in those who believe, everything that the Law of Moses could never make good on. But everyone who believes in this raised-up Jesus is declared good and right and whole before God. Acts 13:38-39 (The Message)
O~ Paul was preaching to Jews in a synagogue in Antioch. He was explaining that Jesus, through his death and resurrection, fulfilled what the Law couldn’t. When laws are broken, there has to be atonement in order for the lawbreaker to be accepted as righteous in God’s sight. It is impossible for a person to be perfect in not breaking the law and the sacrifice of animals or self is not enough to satisfy our debt before God. We are justified only by Jesus Christ because in him a complete atonement was made for our sin. He is our righteousness.
A~ She is such a good person. He was so religious; surely he is in Heaven. I have never killed anyone and I’m not as bad as lots of other people. How could a loving God not save everyone?
The truth is that no matter how good we think we are, we can never be good enough to be accepted as righteous by God. We have all broken God’s laws, we are all imperfect and will continue to sin as long as we live. There is no ritual that can save us and our sense of guilt will never by eased by religion. Jesus is the only way to the Father. He is the only way to Heaven. It is only through Christ that we experience complete forgiveness and abundant life. There is no other way.
P~ Lord, open the eyes of those who believe that they can be good enough on their own. Pierce the hearts of those who scoff at You. Let them see You, believe You, and follow You. Thank You for Your complete satisfaction for a debt none of us could ever pay!
Everyone | Kim Chipman
S~ Everyone who believes in him is declared right with God—something the law of Moses could never do. Acts 13:39 (NLT)
O~ Paul is preaching in Antioch. He reviewed the history of the Isralite people and the message to the believing Gentiles as well. The good news of Jesus is about our hearts, not about ancestry or lineage.
A~ EVERYone who believes in You is declared right with God. EVERYone. There are NO other requirements.
P~ THANK YOU Jesus! I love You!
If I Only Told One Person | Guest Post
S~ On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. Acts 13:44 (NIV)
O~ Almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord! Can you even imagine how big a crowd this must have been? In just a week, news about Jesus had spread through the town, and people were curious. Curious to know more about this man that God had raised up from the dead – this man that takes away the sins of the world.
A~ What would happen today if I shared my story about Jesus? If I took a chance and shared openly – without fear, and fully dependent on Holy Spirit – about the Man who changed my life, would they want to know more? Would something stir in their spirit that would prompt them to find out more? Would they invite friends?
If I just told one person, what would happen?
What would happen if I told a different person every day?
P~ Jesus, Make me bold. Make me fearless. Make me brave. Break me for You – for Your story of love. This world desperately needs a savior. It needs You. Help me to tell just one person this week about a love so real, so incredible, that once they experience, they will never be the same – and they can’t help but tell someone else. Help me to help someone else. I love You, Jesus. It’s in Your name I pray, amen.
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