A DAYSMAN IS NEEDED
Job lamented, “Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both” (Job 9:33) in reference to the issues between himself and his God. A daysman was an umpire, arbitrator, or mediator. Not fond of courts and lawyers that were costly and wasted time in lawsuits, the ancients wisely took their issues to the daysmen who would settle the issue in one day by judging the guilty and acquitting the innocent. Both parties having agreed beforehand to accept his verdict, his decision was final. Hence, this arbitrator was called a daysman.
What a blessing to the innocent today such a daysman would be! Many people have their lives placed on hold while they are being traumatized by a legal system that cannot convict them but refuses to acquit them. They are therefore required to wait months and years and spend thousands of dollars on legal fees while their case remains unadjudicated in the courts. Such no doubt can identify with Job’s lament that there was no daysman.
The sinner does have a Daysman to settle the enmity between God and himself and reconcile the two. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5). God’s justice cannot be compromised, and man has nothing to offer for his sins except his excuses. This Daysman first satisfied Divine justice by bearing in His own body the guilt and penalty of the sinner (1 Pet. 3:18). The full payment for his sins having been accepted by God (1 John 2:2), and him-self reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:18-21), the sinner is then satisfied.
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