…any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live.– Esther 4:11
Because Mordecai would not bow to Haman, Haman devised a plan to rid the empire of all of Mordecai’s people, the Jews. The news saddened him, and he sent word to the queen, Esther his niece, about what was going to happen to their people through Haman’s decree. Esther sent word to her uncle that she would seek out the king in the face of death under penalty of law to save their people. She appeared before the king, who had not sent for her. If he decided that he didn’t want to entreat her, then she was to die for interrupting the king’s day.
When I read of the penalty of death for entering into the inner court of the Persian king, I immediately think of the inner court of God’s temple that existed on earth where he dwelt between the cherubim and over the mercy seat. Anyone who entered into God’s presence without permission from him died for their disobedience and the sin that was in that person. However, when Jesus died on the cross and paid the price for our sins, he tore down the wall of separation, caused by sin, between God and man. His blood sacrifice enables us to enter into the inner court of the King of kings and to do as the author of Hebrews wrote, enter into the throne room of God BOLDLY (with humility) and make known our petitions to him. Jesus served as that scepter of mercy and grace to allow us restored fellowship with the Creator and our Father. We can now enjoy the presence and glory of our King continually.
Father, thank you for extending your scepter of mercy and grace to all who call on the name of Jesus, declare that he is LORD, and believe that you raised him from the dead by the power of your Spirit. None of us deserve your mercy and grace. We, all, should die for our sins and for even thinking that we could approach your throne. However, you’ve chosen to show us love and allow us to have restored fellowship with you through the blood of Jesus. Oh what love that is! I am humbled greatly that an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present God would allow a puny, once sinful person like me to be his servant let alone his own child!! WOW!!! I love you. Thank you for tearing down the requirements of continued blood sacrifice and all its rituals and instead gave us the one-time payment of the blood of your most beloved Son, Jesus. I want to be able to approach my King and Father when I need him. In Jesus’ name, Amen.