Esther has approached King Xerxes to plead for the protection of her people. Hamani tricked Xerxes into passing a law that was designed to kill all the Jews in the kingdom. Esther has been showing us the proper way to approach a king. After Esther had gone as far as she could on her own …
Esther 5:2 b He “held out the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.”
The king reached out to her with his Gold Scepter. His signet ring gave him the power to make and enforce the laws, but the gold Scepter gave him the authority to sit on the throne; the place of highest honor that only the king could occupy. Esther was not allowed to touch him directly because he was the king, but she could touch the gold Scepter.
When we come to God, we can only go so far on our own. Our sin keeps us from fully receiving His love for us. So if we want to experience the fullness of love the Lord has for us, we have to do what Esther did. We have to touch the tip of His Scepter.
When Esther touched that Scepter, the gap between her and the king was closed. There was no more separation. Now there was a connection; there was unbroken contact between Esther and the king.
God has done for us what we had no right or no power to do for ourselves. By His grace, God has reached out to us. With unconditional love, God is reaching out to us today. He has closed the gap and removed the separation that was created by our sin. God has extended His Scepter to us; the cross where Jesus shed His blood so our sins would all be forgiven.
Touching the Scepter; believing in the cross; trusting in His blood that was shed on that cross; acknowledging and repenting of my sin; inviting Jesus into my life – brings me into a direct, personal and unbroken relationship with God where I can fully experience the height, the length, the depth and the width of His love for me.
It’s when we come into His presence and see Him on the throne; that it really hits us. That’s when it becomes undeniably clear to us that He is the King. Jesus Christ is Lord of all. That’s when we begin to fully realize who God is and all that God is. That’s when we first become “gripped by awe.” Now we are finally able to worship Him with “holy fear and awe.”
Now we can see that He is holy and we are not. He has all the power and we have none at all. He is always greater; always beyond our understanding and we will never catch up. As we stand in His holy presence knowing full well we don’t deserve to be there; it becomes undeniably clear to us how much of a sinner we are and how much of a Savior He is.
It makes us deeply and eternally thankful for His grace and His mercy to us. We can come into His presence with boldness and confidence because, through the cross of Calvary, He’s made a way for us to be there. Not only does God want us to come and stand before Him; He’s more eager to answer our prayer; He’s more eager to grant our requests than we are to make them.
Esther 5:3 “Then the king asked, ‘What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? Even up to half of the kingdom, it will be given you.’”
King Xerxes was willing to give Esther up to half of his kingdom. But, Jesus, our King has told us…
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
He’s pleased to give us the whole kingdom. He’s willing to give us far more than we’re willing to ask Him for.
“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.” (Hebrews 4:16)
God’s throne is “a Throne of Grace.” In the Old Testament, it’s called a “Mercy Seat.” It’s a place we’ve been invited to come; a place we’re allowed to be even though we know full well we don’t deserve to be there. But when we go all the way into His presence; reach out and touch His Scepter through our faith and trust in Jesus, “we receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” He’s invited us to come and we’ll never be turned away.
Esther 5:7-8 “Esther replied, ‘My petition and request is this: If the king regards me with favor and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, let the king and Hamon come tomorrow to the banquet I will prepare for them. Then I will answer the king’s question.’”
Esther was afraid to approach King Xerxes because she actually thought she was going to die. But after she got there, she realized he was happy to see her and eager to grant her request. Esther never gets around to making her request until Chapter seven because some surprising events take place between then and now, but we’ll get into later.
But, how about you? How close do you want to be to God? How far are you willing to go with God? His gate? The outer court? The inner court? His presence? Move up a little closer. Start today. Start here. Start now.
Lord willing, we’ll begin from here next Tuesday. Thanks for being in God’s Word with Pastor Buj.