The Making of a Mediator [Part 1]
Are you ready for some good news?
Jesus is your perfect mediator!
Today’s Text: “And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.” (
Everything about Moses’ life prefigures Christ. He’s the deliverer of the captives. He’s the giver of God’s Word. He’s a vessel for signs and wonders. But, perhaps more beautiful than any other prefiguring image, Moses is a mediator.
A mediator, simply put, is one who goes between. The mediator must be able to relate to both sides in order to work toward peace.
Years ago, our church was embroiled in a painful, frivolous lawsuit brought against us. In an effort to resolve the conflict, we tried hours with a mediator. The mediating lawyer wasn’t on our side or the plaintiffs’ side. He would meet with us in one office and hear our thoughts and represent us to the opponent. He would meet with them and hear their opinions. The mediator’s aim was to reconcile us to one another by understanding both sides.
It didn’t work (but that’s a story for another day).
When Moses named his son Gershom, the man of God was making a huge point. Gershom means “alien” or “sojourner.” At first glance, it seems like an unpleasant epithet to tag on his son. But Moses knew deeply that the name represented something more.
All his life Moses was some sort of sojourner. He was born a Hebrew but raised in Egyptian royalty. He wasn’t like his fellow Hebrews because He was Pharaoh’s child. But he wasn’t like Ramses’ son either. After all, Moses wasn’t really Egyptian; he was a Hebrew by blood. When Moses fled to Midian, he lived amongst the Midianites, but he wasn’t one of them either.
When the time came for God to select a mediator to go between the Hebrews and Pharaoh, Moses was the perfect choice. He was, in a sense, both Hebrew and Egyptian. When God sent a mediator to earth to reconcile the human species to God, He sent His Son to become a man. Jesus was both divine and human. There’s one mediator between God and humanity – the Lord Jesus. No one other than a God-man could have brought us to peace with God. Moses was an alien but Jesus was the ultimate Gershom.
And that’s the Gospel!
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