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23 If there [yesh] be a
messenger [mal'ak] with him, an interpreter [luwts], one ['echad] among a
thousand ['eleph], to shew [nagad] unto man ['adam] his
24 Then he is gracious [chanan] unto him, and saith ['amar],
Deliver [pada`] him from going down [yarad] to the pit [shachath]: I
have found [matsa'] a ransom [kopher]. KJV-Interlinear
23 'If there is an angel as
mediator for him, One out of a thousand, To remind a man what is right for him,
24 Then let him be gracious to him, and
say, 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom'; NASB
If there is someone suffering a great hardship?
And if there is someone who might be able to mediate
between that one suffering, and God?
Someone, a messenger, who might turn out to be the one blessing in a
thousand (today we would say one in a gazillion, because such a person is a
rare find, therefore extremely, extremely valuable).
That someone who is able to show, to that suffering
person, the reasons behind their sufferings, the way out of their sufferings,
and therefore save the suffering person from a destiny of ultimate doom and
Then, if that suffering person responds in a positive
fashion to Gods message, then God Himself will respond in kind with relief for
that suffering person. And Why? Because God already has a ransom for that
Someone who has already stepped forward to pay the
price of suffering in behalf of the suffering person.
And here Elihu adds to what Job has already referred
to as his mediator, his redeemer, his advocate to God the Father. His advocate, redeemer, mediator who himself
too is God and man. Now Elihu describes
this intermediary as the one who is the messenger (an equal with God and man),
relaying the message from God to man, and who has provided a ransom, paying the
price demanded for suffering.
Therefore, since life in this world is one of
suffering, regardless of your circumstances, since we all face a destiny of
doom and gloom if we do not discover a way out of it. Then by discovering or recognizing Gods
Savior, Gods messenger, sent into this world for the very purpose of purchasing
our worthless lives out of the bondage of sin and death, then we will be the
recipients of delivery from our condition of suffering.
The question is posed as if it were true, and the
rhetorical aspect of it is that it is true, then anyone who finds themselves in
a difficult predicament, need only respond to Gods message and thereby all of
their difficulties will be removed.
This is a long-term solution. This does not mean that your problems will instantly
go away, but what it does mean is that you now have the opportunity to see and
understand why suffering exists in this world.
This is the devils world. Jesus Christ had to go to the Cross and
suffer in order for you to be relieved from your suffering. Your suffering is, in a fashion, symbolic of
your identification with Christ in His suffering.
To feel the pains and pressures, and anxieties, even the
hopelessness's of life, then you should be able to better appreciate that which
has been done for you by Christ, that one in a gazillion, who through all of
the angels, through all of the children of Adam, through all things that have
and do and will exist, no other messenger can be found.
Elihu understood this.
Job understood this. The question
now is, 'Do you really comprehend it?'
And then, 'What will you do about it?'
When will your spiritual life (your one in a gazillion
possessions) become more important to you than all of the other things you
embrace in this world?
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.