Daily Devotions

God’s Ransom delivers man from going down to the pit!

Job 33:24-30

‘Then He is gracious to him, and says: “Deliver him from going down to the pit! I have found a Ransom! His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s; he shall return to the days of his youth…. For he will render to man, His righteousness!… He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the Light. Look, God works all these things oftentimes with man, to bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the Light of the living!'” Job 22:24-30.

Christ the Divine Mediator and Messenger is gracious to man. For He Himself is full of grace. But man has none, and needs it all as a free gift from that Messenger!

Such is the intervention of the Divine Messenger. He interprets to the sufferer what he should do, with God’s gracious pardon of him. For God commands that he be delivered from his affliction, and be saved from death.

So God pardons, and says to His Angel: ‘Deliver him from descent to the pit; for I have found for him a Ransom!’ One is here reminded of Hebrews 9:12. ‘Not by the blood of goats and calves, but by His Own blood He…once and for all obtained eternal redemption for us!’ For Christ makes us good — and He Himself, as our Ransom, covers our sin.

It is just this Mediatorship that is meant here. Inasmuch as it put to right, him who by his sin had worked death. He who has so come into a reconciled relationship with God through the Mediator, experiences also the blessed consequences. His sickness disappears, and his youthful vigour returns to him.

If we connect the mediating Angel, like the Angel of Jehovah of the primeval history, with God Himself — then, the Logos or Word or Backbone of this mediating Angel to man can also be God’s Own Logos communicated by Him. He therefore is the Divine Logos Himself.

God was in Christ, and reconciled the world unto Himself (Job 16:21 cf. Colossians 1:20). For the deliverance of man can only be effected by a superhuman Being!

Among the results of the favour wrought for man by the mediatorial Angel and Interpreter, are that man’s ‘flesh shall be fresher than a child’s’ and that ‘he shall return to the days of his youth.’ For ‘He will render to man His righteousness’ — God’s Own righteousness, which He donates or gives to needy man! God restores to man, fallen man’s lost righteousness — by restoring to him His Own righteousness in Christ!

For God will deliver man’s soul from going into the pit — and man, alive, shall then see the Light. Look, God works all these things oftentimes with man — to bring back his soul from the pit; to be enlightened with Jesus the Light of the living!’ For Christ is our Ransom from the darkness of death.