Friday, January 22, 2010

God Wondered

Isaiah 59:16 KJV
And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

I wondered at the word "wondered" this morning. The word means to be stunned, amazed, stupefied. And the word is ascribed to God.

Now this does not mean that there is anything that God is shocked at and stunned it could happen. This is anthropomorphism. It is God describing Himself in a characteristic that is human like for our benefit. It is similar to portions that describe God taking us under His wing: it does not mean that we should insist that God actually has wings. The phrase is meant to describe an action of the Lord in a term that we can embrace and grasp.

So look at this. God wondered that there was no intercessor. He studied and looked across the field of humanity and was stunned that no man would or for that matter could mediate between Himself and mankind. Out of the billions of people who have been born into this world
There is not one that is sin free.
There is not one who searches after God.
There is not one who would or could offer Himself on the behalf of fallen man

Imagine that!
Meditate upon that!

God does!

But then move on to the next portion of the verse. God could not find a man who would or could intercede so look what God did.

God Himself brought to man salvation
God Himself brought a righteousness that could sustain man

No man would make peace with God
No man could make peace with God

So God made peace for man.

Praise God.

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