We learn from our study of the book of Esther that for one to come before the Persian king without first being called was putting his life in jeopardy. One only hope was in a show of mercy by the king. If he held out his scepter, the life would be spared (Esther 4:11). We also have observed the reverence paid to kings of old. When one would come before the king, the subject would kneel and bow one’s head in a show of veneration. Some, being brought defiantly before the king, would be forced to the ground. From these examinations, we note a few biblical truths worth consideration.
Jesus is, “King of kings, and Lord of lords;” (1 Timothy 6:15), and calls all men to come unto Him (Matthew 11:28-30). We have not a vicious, capricious king, but one who is loving, merciful and kind. However, there are conditions laid forth in God’s word for how we come to Him. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1).
Only those who come to him in obedience receive the blessings of the King. Consider prayer: “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth” (John 9:31). When we come together to worship we must do so “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). You see we must come to Him in obedience and in a show of humility and reverence.
If we answer the call and come to him now on bended knee we receive the blessings of the Father both here and in eternity. But what of those who refuse to answer the call. Well, just like in the days of old, you will be brought before the King and forced to your knees. Consider these verses:
“For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Romans 14:11).
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).
Now let us ask ourselves, when Jesus returns and calls us to judgment, which group would we rather be in? The group who has already in reverence and obedience come to the King and bowed before Him, or would we want to be among those who will be forced to their knees? The answer seems simple, doesn’t it? Be obedient, and be faithful!
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