God’s ScepterBro. David Chancellor
11/14/2010 11:00 AM
Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai; All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days. And they told to Mordecai Esther’s words. Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish. So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.
The Jews were in a bad situation. Mordecai had offended Haman and Haman had been given permission to destroy the Jews. Esther was seemingly in a position to speak to the king, but she didn’t see it that way. She was afraid because of the law. Mordecai told her that God would take care of his people, but she needed to do her part. She was the queen, but she was afraid to go.
This could be a picture of your relationship to God. As the bride of Christ, you should have ready access to God through Christ. Many can’t approach God because of the sin in their lives.
Esther asked that they fast and pray so that the king would be in the right frame of mind to talk to her. The scepter was representative of his power and authority. His was a golden staff. Only when he reached out were you welcome to come into his presence.
We have been invited to the presence of God. Even if you haven’t heard the invitation, it is still there.
God is great and high and of real authority. The law of sin and death keeps man away and makes God seem unapproachable.
Esther went uninvited and was willing to perish. Fasting and prayer is more about changing you than it is about changing God. God is approachable when we turn to him with all our heart.
My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips; therefore God hath blessed thee for ever. Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things. Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; whereby the people fall under thee. Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
"Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips…" People often focus on the outward appearance. Real beauty is the grace poured in. People work on their outward appearance, but we live in a graceless age. It ruins the outward semblance of beauty.
We know we can come to God because of the graces Christ came and showed. "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre." God’s exercise of power and authority is there to reach out to mankind. If people in authority were like Christ, they would work for the good of the people. Jesus came to bring us the grace of God. He reaches to us when we reach out to him.
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
The writer is talking about Jesus. "Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…" This is Jesus. "But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." This references the 45th psalm. This is what God thinks about Jesus. God will reach out to us. We can go to God and ask. Esther went to the king not knowing, but our relationship with God isn’t that way. We go knowing we’ll be welcome when we get there. If there is sin in your life, repent and have the iniquity purged. There is no reason for us to go in and not expect to be welcomed. Why can’t we go in? Fears and sins are all that keep people back from God. Because Christ came and purged our sins, we can be holy and come into God’s presence with boldness. What keeps you away?
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
This would tell you why you can or can’t come boldly. God knows everything about you, but he still makes a way to come. Christ, as our high priest, has already approached God on our behalf. He interceded for us so we could come boldly to God. When we come to God, the scepter of righteousness will be held out and God will do whatever we need. Expect to find God receptive to you being there. God is consistent. We can come knowing what to expect. He is always there for us, ready to meet our need. He has what we need.
We need help and deliverance, just like Esther did. God’s judgment may rest upon us, but we can find mercy instead.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
David wrote of God as his Shepherd. God provides and cares for us, whether the way is easy or hard. In all of life’s situations, God is with us. "…thy rod and staff they comfort me." The rod and staff speak to authority and correction. It’s comforting to know God directs the course of our lives. God rules over us. He uses the rod to direct our path. He keeps us in the boundaries he has set for our lives. It’s comforting to know we’re right in the place where God wants us to be. We know we’re under the authority of God and he will provide what we need. We can enjoy God’s presence even when the enemy comes against us. Go to God boldly. Don’t be afraid to come into his presence. Don’t let anything get in the way. Come to God with confidence. Put your hope and trust in him.