The Scope Of Christs Eternal Accomplishment Is Limited Only By How Intently We Are Willing To Fix Our Eyes Upon It
And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the kings palace anymore than all the other Jews. ( Esther 4:13 NKJV ) As we focus our study in the Book of Esther the scriptural time frame we find ourself in is prior to the Jews return to their homeland. Esther, a young Jewish women and adopted daughter of another Jew named Mordecai, a servant in the court of the king, successfully uses his influence to make the beautiful Esther queen to the king. A position that’s significance ultimately hinges on the favor the Persian king is willing to show his new queen.
In Esther chapter 2 and verse 21 after having become aware of a conspiracy to do harm to the king Mordecai informs Esther and the guilty are hanged, but Mordecais refusal to pay homage to an individual ( Haman ) promoted by the king in the wake of the uncovered conspiracy fills Haman with wrath for Mordecai. So much so that Haman manipulates the king into signing off on a decree that all Jews within the kingdom be destroyed. Our opening verse is Mordecais reaction to the new queen when in verse 11 of chapter 4 Esther understandably voices her concern to approaching and informing the king of this crisis to the fact that the penalty for anyone approaching the king without having first been called to do so was death. Nevertheless, in verse 2 of chapter 5, Esther, despite such lawful strictness, approaches the king and finds ” favor ” in his sight. In chapter 7 Esther indeed informs the king of Hamans evil deeds and he is hanged in verse 10 and the decree to destroy the Jews is reversed.
In Hebrews. 4:16 the word of God says, ” Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need “. As genuine believers still in this world and due to our depravity within it is not uncommon for one to experience hesitancy, spiritually speaking, in approaching the throne of grace. Proverbs 16:2 says, ” All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirits “. As those who have believed in Christ we must remember because His righteous blood now speaks for us we can at all times approach God through Christ. When we therefore see ourselves through our own eyes as Proverbs 16:2 says it will at some point gives us a heavy spirit whether we realize it or not. Heavy because even in our best ( Adamic ) state it is still unacceptable to God. Consequently, a spirit that is light and without burden is a spirit that as a mindful habit attaches itself to what Christ has already victoriously accomplished as opposed to one who feels the burden that results from viewing this life outside of faith. None of this lessens the importance of repentance when it applies though we as christians and especially those who teach the word of God need to understand not only the magnitude of Christs victory over the sin nature, but because of the favor given to us not only can we stand we can even approach the throne of God.
As I conclude this installment of my studies in both the Old and New Testament I have unmistakably and unashamedly leaned towards ( as well as personally upon ) a gracefilled victoriously positional word of God mindset. And though there are those who believe preaching and teaching to much grace gives one a license to sin one has to have been in a ministry with such a doctrinal emphasis ( of which I was blessed to be a part of ) under a pastor ( who has since gone on to be with the Lord ) that taught in such a manner: the end result being a regularly overflowing sanctuary coupled with a higher than usual percentage of believers motivated and willing even on their own time to propigate such a message. An experience that I have not encountered since though one that obviously has left an indelible impression upon me.
O.N.RIDER is seminary educated and living in Baltimore MD