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Thursday, December 22, 2016

A King's Scepter (Hebrews 1:8; 4:16)

"But about the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of our kingdom." "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

Queen Esther could not approach the king without his extending the royal scepter toward her, granting her permission to approach him (Esther 5:2; 8:4). To approach a king without his permission was to sign your own death warrant.

The scepter, an emblem of regal power and made of a simple rod with ornamentation on the end, represents royal authority. No one enters the presence of the king without his granting permission by the extension of his scepter. In the same way, no one enters into the presence of the King of the universe without his permission. Permission is granted only to those who are perfectly righteous. "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom" (Psalm 45:6; Hebrews 1:8).

Only Jesus Christ is perfectly righteous. When He entered heaven's throne room He entered on behalf of all those who place their trust in His righteousness. The scepter of God is the very righteousness of Jesus Christ which grants me continual entrance to His very presence. "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

Queen Esther had to wait for the king to extend his scepter in her direction in order to approach the throne. We have no need to wait for an extended scepter. Jesus' entrance into the throne room of God grants us continual entrance.

We DON"T enter into the presence of God because of our:
  • Church affiliation
  • Baptism
  • Prayer of repentance
  • Desire or need
We DO enter the presence of God because of the shining righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Praise Jesus for His righteousness!

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Hebrews 2:1-6:20
  • What is Jesus' relationship with mankind?
  • Why must Jesus Christ be fully human?
  • What role did Moses have in Israel and why is Jesus superior?
  • Why does the writer of Hebrews warn about unbelief and disobedience?
  • What does the writer of Hebrews convey about God that should cause us to walk in obedience?
  • Why can followers of Jesus Christ approach God with confidence?
  • How does Jesus differ from all the other high priests?
  • Why are the believers so immature in their faith?
  • What is the "rest" of God and how does a believer enter into that rest?
Turning truth into prayer
Thank Jesus for His entrance into the heavenly throne room of God. Thank Him for meeting the requirement of righteousness on our behalf. Sit in the throne room a while and share your heart and your petitions with the Living God. You are welcome into His presence.