Throughout history, monarchs came in every sort and personality, some good, some evil and they used their power accordingly. In medieval times, monarchs wielded what seemed like absolute power. Even today, kings and dictators in some parts of the world hold the power of life and death over their subjects.
We, too, have a King. So, what can we expect when we come into His throne room? Are we to expect judgment and begrudging answers? Or are we to expect something quite different?
And what is it about God’s Word? How is it different from any other book? Why have so many tried to destroy it and why is it so vilified today? And personally, why does it have the ability to pierce our hearts in a way nothing else can?
Ezekiel 7 & 8
No Ordinary Book, No Ordinary Throne Room
No Ordinary Book
Verse 12, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
The Bible is no ordinary book; it is the living, breathing Word of God (2 Tim. 3.16). It has the power to speak to our hearts in a way human words do not.
That’s important to remember even when teaching and training our children. It’s important to explain things using God’s Word whenever possible. It’s His Word which doesn’t return void (Is. 55.11) and His Word that has the power to change lives (Rom. 1.16).
God’s Word provides us with everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1.3-4). In other words, it gives us all the wisdom and information we need to live upright before God and with others.
Psalm 119 tells us it helps to keep us from sinning (v. 11) stands firm in heaven (v. 89 NLT), makes us wiser than our enemies (v. 98), and lights our path (v. 105).
And Psalm 19 tells says it’s perfect, has the power to convert one’s soul, is sure and right, makes the simple wise, rejoices the heart, and enlightens our understanding (vss. 7-8). It goes on to say it’s more valuable than fine gold and sweeter than honey. It warns us of spiritual danger and there is great reward in obeying it (vss. 10-11).
The Bible is no ordinary book!
Why Is It Vilified?
Because it not only has the power to do so, it has the authority to do so!
Sin causes us to want to be free from authority, especially God’s. We believe the lie that we can be our own gods (Gen. 3.4). But He alone is God. He is our Creator. It’s His world.
And one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.
9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil. 2).
No Ordinary Throne Room
Yet, as believers, we don’t need to fear our loving King because He is also our Father, our Savior, our Friend, and our great High Priest:
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
While a throne speaks of authority, this is a throne of grace. I like what Matthew Henry says about these verses:
“In all our approaches to this throne of grace for mercy, we should come with a humble freedom and boldness, with a liberty of spirit and a liberty of speech we should ask in faith, nothing doubting we should come with a Spirit of adoption, as children to a reconciled God and Father. We are indeed to come with reverence and godly fear, but not with terror and amazement not as if we were dragged before the tribunal of justice, but kindly invited to the mercy-seat, where grace reigns, and loves to exert and exalt itself towards us,” Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible, Heb. 4.
Of course, we come, not based on our own goodness, but because of our High Priest and Mediator, our Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ.
And what can we expect? “… grace to help in time of need.” If we will but go to that throne of grace, He will give us all the grace we need for any situation.
And when do we receive? “in time of need.” This is not tomorrow’s grace, but today’s grace, for today’s problems, in whatever measure we need, so we can handle them without sinning (1 Cor. 10.13; Matt. 6.34).
So why not come? It’s no ordinary throne room.
Today’s Other Readings:
Ezekiel 7 & 8:
The Time of God’s Judgment
Even though God had blessed the nation of Israel and had shown them mercy over and over, they had continued to go their own way. Now it was time for God’s judgment.
Not only were the people living ungodly lives and refusing to acknowledge Him as the One True God, they were actively worshiping false gods of every sort. Even their spiritual leaders were involved in a secret society which worshiped demons (Ezek 8:7-12)!
But even in judgment, God’s purpose was loving and good:
“… Then they shall know that I am the Lord!” (7.27b).
That statement was repeated over 60 times in this book, but the people had so hardened their hearts that only pain and suffering could reach them. Psalm 32:
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him (Ps. 32.8-10).
What about you? Does God have to treat you like a dumb animal before you will listen and obey?
Run to Him
Verse 1, “In my distress I cried to the LORD, and He heard me.”
So often when we’re in trouble we try everything we can think of before we turn to Him. Let’s run to Him first. He is faithful and trustworthy!
“Like a roaring lion and a charging bear is a wicked ruler over poor people.”
A ruler who takes advantage of the weakest under his rule is compared to a wild beast who devours whatever he desires. This doesn’t just apply to world or national leaders, it’s for all of us in various kinds of leadership and at all levels. Leadership is a responsibility as much as a privilege and we should be good stewards of it.
Masters, treat your slaves in the same way. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites (Eph. 6.9).
How has God spoken to you today? Did you see a passage in a new light? Did you see an area where you need to grow and change? Did you find a promise to hold on to? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
In the next few days, we’ll discuss the question, “Does Salvation + Time + Knowledge = Spiritual Maturity?,” whether we can be addicted to religion or if we could be worshiping idols? We’ll also talk about what it means to be children of light, generational sin and a slippery spiritual path.
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