Standing in the gap

8 06 2011

The warning to ‘Mind the Gap’ is an important safety feature on the underground.  Most people can cope fairly easily – a long stride or ‘bounce’ does the trick.  But if you are a wheelchair user….

The ‘gap’ in some relationships is also fairly easily dealt with – minimise the time you spend with someone you don’t like, count to ten when you feel riled.  But if there’s a gap between you and God…

This spiritual gap is a feature of Job’s life and twice he cries out

 “If only there were a mediator between us,
      someone who could bring us together”

and again

“I need someone to mediate between God and me,
      as a person mediates between friends.”

There’s a big market (just Google the word “mediation”) for people who can stand in the gap between two disagreeing parties and mediate in such a way that they come together, whether in family, workplace or international situations.  But who can mediate between us and God?

Much later, in the New Testament, Paul writes to Timothy giving his take –

“For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.”

It’s reminiscent of the words of Paul in Romans 5 – “So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God” – that I read back at the beginning of May. I like to think that Job had a premonition about that – that one day God would take the initiative to reconcile with mankind.  Was that what kept him going?




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