DayBreaks for 08/29/19: Binding Arbitration
NOTE: Galen is on vacation for the next couple weeks and may not respond to any comments until he returns on 9/9/19.
From the DayBreaks archive, August 2009:
Arbitration is typically a tool of last resort. For example, it is used by sports teams when they can’t come to terms with a player. In many health insurance plans, part of the agreement when you sign up is that you’ll agree to binding arbitration instead of resorting to a lawsuit in case of a claim against the doctor, hospital or insurer. The idea: to find someone who is a neutral party without any vested interest one way or the other, and to avoid costs as much as possible (lawyer’s fees, court fees, etc.)
The idea of arbitration goes way back. A mediator is the same as an arbitrator, except the parties have agreed to be bound by the decision of the mediator. How far back into the shadows of history does arbitration go? No one knows for sure, but Job (probably the oldest book in the bible – it is believed by many that Job predated Abraham by some period of time) refers to one in job 9:33-34: If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that His terror would frighten me no more. In these words of Job, spoken in the midst of great physical, emotional and spiritual suffering, is a plea for someone who could “lay his hand upon us both”. What a bold request from this ancient saint! Who could have conceived of someone being able to lay a hand on God Almighty! Yet that is just what Job calls for.
In The Gospel According to Job, Mike Mason points out what Job was really inviting: someone called Immanuel. He muses that “From our point of view we may tend to presume that because this mediator, Jesus Christ, is Himself God, He must be biased in God’s favor. But this is surprisingly not the case. For Christ is not only God but man, and so He is just as much on man’s side as on God’s. Indeed the cross is the great evidence of the fact that He is essentially on no side at all, for He did not come to take sides but to make peace. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him’ (Jn. 3:17)
Jesus is precisely the arbitrator that Job called for. And as is the case in any arbitration, it is what this Arbitrator decides about our case before God that counts. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait until we stand before God in judgment to know how the Arbitrator will rule. The Word clearly tells us that of those that God has given Him, not one will be lost…and that those who he does not know will depart into eternal torment. We can know where we stand. Do you?
PRAYER: Thank You, Jesus, for placing yourself between us and God, for putting your hand on both of us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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