It’s almost Christmas and I have been itching to write a blog about a king. Christmas is not something I want to celebrate because after looking deeply into the Word I realized it was The Father’s Feast that held aevery hidden thing about Jesus/ Yeshua, including his real birthday. This blog isn’t about a manger, Wise-men, or a star. This blog is not about gifts or Christmas trees. No, this message is about approaching a King.
As I read the Bible certain things seem to grasp my attention. A few days ago my eyes landed on this verse, “When Mordecai learned of all that had been done (command to destroy all the Jews), he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly. But he went ONLY AS FAR as the king’s gate because no one CLOTHED IN SACKCLOTH was allowed to enter it” Esther 4:1-2 NIV.
Awe, the King’s gate–such a place of royalty and honor was the king’s court that no one could enter into the gate that might dampen the king’s mood or cause him a minute of stress. If something did upset him, he hired the jesters to come and bring entertainment.
The king was the highest noble in the land and basically, he owned all the land. If you were a peasant you would work the land and give the king most of what you worked, if not all, and you would be given a small section of land for yourself and then you paid taxes on that. Unless by some chance, you were born into nobility or gained the favor of the king, your life was hard, laborious and cruel.
In the book of Samuel, the people wanted a king and they cried out over and over for Samuel to give them a king to fight for them and to lead them. HaShem gives them a warning that the king will take their sons and daughters to be his horsemen, his bakers, perfumers, and soldiers. He goes on to warn them further…
“He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.” Samuel 8:14-18 NIV.
The way a kingdom was set up was almost impossible to understand unless you were living in that era. The number of people making the kingdom run properly were many. Yes, many layers of men in positions under the King. The king did not even dress or comb his hair; he always had men who attended to his needs. He also always had men who were issuing decrees and wanting his signature to make it absolute. The king’s seal and his signet ring made the command binding.
We see throughout the Bible men who HaShem gave favor to, residing in positions under kings, even Persian kings, such as Daniel who was one of the wisest of men. We see Joseph being placed in a position under Pharaoh to have power over all the land of Egypt. We also see Nehemiah stationed as a cupbearer to the king. On and on this goes throughout the Bible and throughout time. Certain men could get past the gates into the outer court of the king and perhaps even get into the inner court if they knew someone of very Nobel stature. Others were escorted into the inner court due to their beauty as Queen Esther was. However, Esther’s uncle Mordecai cannot enter the king’s gate because he is not clothed properly.
Anytime a person was brought into the presence of a king something happened first. Let’s look at Genesis 41:14, “Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought from the prison. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he went in and stood before Pharaoh” NLT. After Josephs favor and wisdom is noticed by the king he gets another change of garments.
Genesis 41:42 “Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck” NIV. Notice he is given the power of his signet to carry out the laws of the land and place them into effect.
So, let’s get back to Esther and Mordecai. Esther did not know why her uncle was in sackcloth and ashes, and so he sends a message to her about the king’s proclamation given by Haman to destroy all the Jews and begs her to go in before the king. Now this is what she says, “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that they be put to death unless the king extends the gold scepter to them and spares their lives.” Esther 4:11 NIV.
Death, she says, yes, death would be upon the man who approached a king without being summoned and she had not been summoned for over 30 days.
When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this WISE answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain SILENT at this time, RELIEF and DELIVERANCE for the Jews will arise from ANOTHER PLACE, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:12-14 NIV.
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS . . .
GLORY! Such wisdom in this man who may wear a garment the worldly kings don’t like but the Lord God Elohim, recognizes such apparel. This man says, Esther, you better go before the king and spare the people because God is going to save His people regardless if you step up to the plate and speak to the King on their behalf! But if you won’t fast and pray and prostrate yourself before the king, Esther, God will find someone else and you and your family will PERISH!
If some men and women don’t fall down and prostrate themselves before the KING of KINGS over AMERICA and its people, we will perish. You might not be able to get past the world’s eyes in ashes and sackcloth but you will be noticed by the true King of Kings. Yes, we can enter boldly into the throne room of grace and yes we have a new raiment now. We have put on righteousness but even Jesus/ Yeshua said this when they asked him why his disciples didn’t fast, “”The attendants of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast” Matthew 9:15 NASB.
Getting into the presence of a king and waiting to speak are all things that require wisdom. Have you ever been in a church meeting where the prayers week after week sounded the same? Have your own prayers sounded like a clanging gong or a dead speech? Do you want to enter into the presence of a king and His inner court on the behalf of a people? It’s time.
While you spend time with family exchanging gifts and eating food, remember the king’s chamber and the area where some were given positions so royal they could commune with the king daily. I know a KING seeking a Bride like that one. A bride bent on finding her first love and waiting for the king’s scepter to extend and beckon her to rise up before Him and change her apparel…Adorn her with bride clothes without spot or wrinkle.
“Then the king extended the gold scepter to Esther and she arose and stood before him”. Esther 8:4 NIV.
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