2 Samuel 11… Consider Him Who Was Displeased

But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the Lord. [11:27]

From Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance we learn, “The idiomatic phrase, to be evil in someone’s eyes, means to displease.” Many Bibles translate this verse as follows, But the thing David had done displeased the LORD. [11:27 NIV, ESV, KJV]

Consider Him Who Was Displeased

What is the thing David had done to displease the LORD? Well, David’s actions are blatantly obvious, but a closer look at the Hebrew language used broadens our understanding. Again from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, “the verb translated had done in the Hebrew is defined as: a verb meaning to do, to make, to accomplish, to complete. This frequently used Hebrew verb conveys the central notion of performing an activity with a distinct purpose, a moral obligation, or a goal in view.”

It is reasonable to deduce the thing David had done was a predetermined goal purposed by David.

Perhaps the thing began long before he noticed and sent for a bathing woman.

  • Perhaps…
    • It began when as king, he should have gone
      • Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. [11:1]
    • It continued when he went where he should not have gone…
      • Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. [11:2]
    • It was sustained when he asked someone he should not have asked…
      • So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” [11:3]
    • …and sent one he should not have sent…
      • David sent messengers and took her, [11:4]

And the thing culminated in adultery, murder and the great cover up.

But the thing began within David; the thing was not merely his outward actions.

And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22 deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. 23 All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.” [Mark 7:20-23]

He Was and Is Displeased by what proceeds out of man. The LORD Was Displeased by David’s “goal in view, his distinct purpose” and the thing conceived in his heart enslaved David, obliging himself to his own immoral desires rather than to pleasing his God.

How do we respond to Him Who Was Displeased?

Our actions do affect our witness and can either bring Him glory or give opportunity to dishonor the LORD.

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. [Matthew 5:16]

However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, [2 Samuel 12:14]

But it’s always a matter of the heart; the heart is where the thing begins. Imagine if David had stopped to ask God about Bathsheba, to allow Him to search his heart, to show him the thing he was falling into.

We must recognize we are in a spiritual battle and the enemy is crafty. We must depend on the power of the Holy Spirit to make us aware of the enemy’s schemes.

…so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes. [2 Corinthians 2:11]

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. [Ephesians 6:10-11]

We must come before Him in humility daily, and ask Him to search our hearts for the thing that will Displease Him.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.
[Psalm 139:23-24]

When He reveals any ways that are Displeasing, may we be so grieved that we would repent quickly to know and experience the joy of His salvation.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.
[Psalm 51:10-12]

May we grow in our faith and desire to walk in His light and truth that we would live with a goal to always Please Him. Now, that’s a worthwhile New Year’s resolution.

…for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. [Ephesians 5:8-10]

Let’s Grow Together in the New Year!

 

2 Samuel 10… Consider Him Who Does What is Good in His Sight

Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the Lord do what is good in His sight.” [10:12]

I just couldn’t get away from that phrase, may the Lord do what is good in His sight. In this scenario, the enemies were defeated, many fled, and some made peace.

No matter what is going on, no matter the battle against us, no matter the outcome, He Does What is Good in His Sight.

Consider Him Who Does What is Good in His Sight

  • By His Wisdom He Does What is Good in His Sight
    • This also comes from the Lord of hosts,
      Who has made His counsel wonderful and His wisdom great.
      [Isaiah 28:29]
    • In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will… that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, [Ephesian 1:8-10]
  • By His Will He Establishes What is Good in His Sight
    • Declaring the end from the beginning,
      And from ancient times things which have not been done,
      Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
      And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
      11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
      The man of My purpose from a far country.
      Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
      I have planned it, surely I will do it
      . [Isaiah 46:10-11]
    • For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. [John 6:38-39]
  • By His Way He Proves What is Good in His Sight
    • “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
      Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
      “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
      So are My ways higher than your ways
      And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
      [Isaiah 55:8-9]
    • Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. [John 14:6]
  • By His Word He Declares What is Good in His Sight
    • So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
      It will not return to Me empty,
      Without accomplishing what I desire,
      And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
      [Isaiah 55:11]
    • “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.” [John 5:24]

How do we respond to Him Who Does What is Good in His Sight?

  • Let us grow to trust His Wisdom
    • Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord. [Jeremiah 9:23]
    • For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no man may boast before God. [1 Corinthians 1:26-29]
  • Let us grow to trust His Will
    • For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. [Jeremiah 29:11]
    • The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. [2 Peter 3:9 NKJV]
  • Let us grow to trust His Way
    • Teach me Your way, O Lord;
      I will walk in Your truth;
      Unite my heart to fear Your name.
      [Psalm 86:11]
    • Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. [John 14:6]
  • Let us grow to trust His Word
    • How can a young man keep his way pure?
      By keeping it according to Your word.
      10 With all my heart I have sought You;
      Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
      11 Your word I have treasured in my heart,
      That I may not sin against You.
      [Psalm 119:9-11]
    • Your word is a lamp to my feet
      And a light to my path.
      [Psalm 119:105]

As we grow and are strengthened in faith to trust Him Who Does What is Good in His Sight, He will also strengthen us for the sake of His people and His kingdom.

Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God… [10:12]

For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. [2 Corinthians 4:5-6]

Let’s Grow Together!

2 Samuel 9… Consider His Profound Kindness

Then David said, “Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” [9:1]

“There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.”… “Behold, he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel in Lo-debar.” [9:3, 4]

I so love the story of Mephibosheth, the lame son of Jonathan, living in Lo-debar. Lo-Debar is translated by Bible scholars as meaning “without pasture” or “without order;” either way, not a desirable place to reside.

In Mephibosheth, we seep a picture of ourselves, lame and unable to walk with the Lord in truth, living in a place without rest or stability.

And in David, the man after God’s own heart, we see the beautiful picture of our most kind and benevolent God, Who intentionally seeks us out that He might show us His Profound Kindness.

Consider His Profound Kindness

His Profound Kindness, beyond description is magnificently portrayed in this narrative between the royal king and a man many might consider unworthy of his time and consideration.

Profound:

  1. originating in the depths of one’s being
  2. having deep insight or understanding
  3. being or going far beneath what is superficial, external, or obvious
  4. thorough, all-encompassing
  5. originating far down, or far beneath the surface
  6. of great and broadly inclusive; pervasive or intense;
  7. difficult to fathom or understand
  • 1) His Profound Kindness originates in the depths of Who He is and moves Him to seek us out
    • Then David said, “Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” [9:1]
  • 2) His Profound Kindness expresses His knowledge and understanding of our desperate need for Him
    • “There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.” So the king said to him, “Where is he?… [9:3-4]
  • 3) His Profound Kindness goes far beneath the obvious, reaching far beneath our external condition
    • Then King David sent and brought him… [9:5]
  • 4) His Profound Kindness is all-encompassing in His restoration
    • David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul;” [9:7]
  • 5) His Profound Kindness reaches far beneath a surface relationship; it is His invitation to intimacy
    • “…and you shall eat at my table regularly.” [9:7
  • 6) His Profound Kindness is great and broadly inclusive, pervasive and intense
    • Then the king called Saul’s servant Ziba and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson. 10 You and your sons and your servants shall cultivate the land for him, and you shall bring in the produce so that your master’s grandson may have food; nevertheless Mephibosheth your master’s grandson shall eat at my table regularly.”… So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table as one of the king’s sons. [9:9-11]
  • 7)His Profound Kindness is impossible to fathom or understand
    • So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate at the king’s table regularly. Now he was lame in both feet. [9:13]

How do we respond to His Profound Kindness?

His Profound Kindness… though we cannot explain it, though it is all-encompassing and is impossible to fathom, He has distinctly shown us His Profound Kindness in Jesus.

For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. [Titus 3:3-7]

Shouldn’t we too respond as Mephibosheth?

Again he prostrated himself and said, “What is your servant, that you should regard a dead dog like me?” [9:8]

Mephibosheth was overcome with his master’s Profound Kindness. But can you imagine if he had refused the king’s invitation? Who would ever…?

We too have received an invitation from a King, the King of Kings…

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” [Matthew 11:29]

Today may we hear Him Who beckons us to come and receive His Profound Kindness. Let us leave Lo-Debar to come and find our rest in Him. We don’t have to explain it; in truth we are unable, for His Kindness is Profound.

We only have to come.

Let’s Grow Together!

2 Samuel 8… Consider Him Who Brings Us to His Broad Place

And the LORD helped David wherever he went. [8:6, 14]

The phrase is repeated, exactly repeated, twice.

The NIV translates it this way; The LORD gave David victory wherever he went. [8:6, 14 NIV]

And when He repeats Himself, we know it is to our advantage to pay close attention.

Our English language however, does not fully capture all the LORD did for David in His help and giving of victory. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance defines the Hebrew verb translated as helped or gave victory as follows:

3467. יָשַׁע yāšaʿ: A verb meaning to save, to help, to deliver, to defend. The underlying idea of this verb is bringing to a place of safety or broad pasture as opposed to a narrow strait, symbolic of distress and danger.

When the LORD helps us and gives victory, He delivers and defends by Bringing His people to His Broad Place, a place of safety, free from distress and danger, a place we cannot arrive ourselves.

Consider Him Who Brings Us to His Broad Place

  • He Brings us to His Broad Place, a place of victory
    • Now after this it came about that David defeated the Philistines and subdued them… He defeated Moab… Then David defeated Hadadezer… Then David put garrisons among the Arameans of Damascus, and the Arameans became servants to David, bringing tribute. [8:1, 2, 3, 6]
  • He Brings us to His Broad Place, a place of continuous support
    • And the LORD helped David wherever he went. [8:6, 14]
  • He Brings us to His Broad Place, a place of worship
    • King David also dedicated these to the Lord, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated from all the nations which he had subdued: [8:11]
  • He Brings us to His Broad Place, a place of notable reputation
    • So David made a name for himself [8:13]
  • He Brings us to His Broad Place, a place of justice and righteousness
    • So David reigned over all Israel; and David administered justice and righteousness for all his people. [8:15]

How do we respond to Him Who Brings Us to His Broad Place?

When we come to Him by faith, trusting He is faithful, He Bring Us to His Broad Place. And once again we see Jesus.

  • In Jesus, His Broad Place is a place of victory
    • But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, [2 Corinthians 2:14]
  • In Jesus, His Broad Place is a place of continuous support
    • But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. [John 14:26]
  • In Jesus, His Broad Place is a place of worship
    • “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” [John 4:23-26]
  • In Jesus, His Broad Place is a place of notable reputation
    • Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. [Acts 4:13]
    • …and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 16 to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. [2 Corinthians 2:14-16]
  • In Jesus, His Broad Place is a place of justice and righteousness
    • Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. [Romans 8:1-4]

Oh may He Bring Us to His Broad Place today, to see Jesus, our Deliverer, Defender and Helper, that we would walk in His victory and continuous support and be moved to live lives of worship. May His Presence in our lives manifest that others would recognize we have been with Jesus. And may we live in His Broad Place, free from condemnation as we walk according to His Spirit.

Let’s Grow Together!

2 Samuel 7… Consider His Planting Place

I will also appoint a place for My people Israel and will plant them… [7:10]

I’m partial to the concepts of planting mentioned in Scripture. I love the truths conveyed: as He plants His truth in us we are planted in Him.

Planting implies growth, that we would bear fruit. And spiritual planting implies a cooperative effort of digging; as we dig in His Word, He digs the world out of us and plants His eternal truth within.

Planting implies security. It is the Lord God Who will plant His people, in His appointed place… His Planting Place.

Consider His Planting Place

  • His Planting Place… the place appointed by Him
    • I will also appoint a place for My people Israel and will plant them… [7:10]
  • His Planting Place… the place of His protection and security
    • that they may live in their own place and not be disturbed again, nor will the wicked afflict them any more as formerly, [7:10]
  • His Planting Place… the place of His endless lovingkindness
    • but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him, [7:15]
  • His Planting Place… the place of His own heart revealed
    • For the sake of Your word, and according to Your own heart, You have done all this greatness to let Your servant know. [7:21]
  • His Planting Place… the place His Word is confirmed
    • Now therefore, O Lord God, the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and his house, confirm it forever, and do as You have spoken, [7:25]
  • His Planting Place… the place His Name is magnified
    • that Your name may be magnified forever, by saying, ‘The Lord of hosts is God over Israel’; and may the house of Your servant David be established before You. [7:26]
  • His Planting Place… the place of courageous prayer
    • For You, O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, have made a revelation to Your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house’; therefore Your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to You. 28 Now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant. 29 Now therefore, may it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You. For You, O Lord God, have spoken… [7:27-29]

How do we respond to His Planting Place?

God confirmed His promise to David, that He would plant His people in the Promised Land. But He was also speaking of a future promise, the salvation He would provide through the line of David, the promised Messiah, the Son of God.

And yet this was insignificant in Your eyes, O Lord God, for You have spoken also of the house of Your servant concerning the distant future. [7:19]

When we place our faith in God’s Son for our salvation, we are placed in Him.

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,[1Corinthians 1:30]

As we consider His Planting Place, let us reflect on Jesus, our Savior, our Planting Place of salvation, new life and growth:

  • His Planting Place… the place appointed by Him
    • And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. [Acts 4:12]
  • His Planting Place… the place of His protection and security
    • “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” [John 10:27-30]
  • His Planting Place… the place of His endless lovingkindness
    • But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Romans 8:37-39]
  • His Planting Place… the place of His own heart revealed
    • For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. [John 3:16]
  • His Planting Place… the place His Word is confirmed
    • For the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silvanus and Timothy—was not yes and no, but is yes in Him. 20 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. [2 Corinthians 1:19-20]
  • His Planting Place… the place His Name is magnified
    • …so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. [Philippians 2:10-11]
  • His Planting Place… the place of courageous prayer
    • Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. [Hebrews 4:16]

May we learn from David’s response.

Then David the king went in and sat before the Lord, and he said, “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far? [7:18]

Let us come to His Planting Place daily. May we humbly come before Him to sit at His feet that we would be planted in Him and He would plant His love in us, that we would grow in our faith and bear much fruit for His glory.

…that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. [Ephesians 3:16-19]

Let’s Grow Together!

Merry Christmas from The Planting Place!

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. [Isaiah 9:6]

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” [Matthew 1:23]

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. [John 1:1, 14]

Let’s meet again tomorrow to dig in God’s Word…

Let’s Grow Together!

2 Samuel 6… Consider Him Enthroned

Today is Christmas Eve, the time we think about the Son of God leaving His rightful place in heaven to come to earth, born as a humble babe in a manger.

But today in 2 Samuel 6, we see Him Enthroned.

And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the Name, the very name of the Lord of hosts who is enthroned above the cherubim. [6:2]

He is not Enthroned by man; He is God, the Lord of hosts, Enthroned.

Consider Him Enthroned

Today let us take time to consider Him Enthroned, to meditate on Him as revealed in His Holy Word.

Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left. [2 Kings 22:19]

The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; [Psalms 11:4]

In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.” And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke. Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.”
[Isaiah 6:1-5]

Thus says the Lord, “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
Where then is a house you could build for Me?
And where is a place that I may rest?
“For My hand made all these things,
Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord…
“But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”
[Isaiah 66:1-2]

“I kept looking
Until thrones were set up,
And the Ancient of Days took His seat;
His vesture was like white snow
And the hair of His head like pure wool.
His throne was ablaze with flames,
Its wheels were a burning fire.
10 “A river of fire was flowing
And coming out from before Him;
Thousands upon thousands were attending Him,
And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;
The court sat,
And the books were opened.
” [Daniel 7:9-10]

“But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; [Matthew 25:31-32]

Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. [Hebrews 8:1-2]

Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. [Revelation 4:2]

Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds… 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. [Revelation 20:11-12, 15]

How do we respond to Him Enthroned?

How can we not tremble before Him as we read of Him Enthroned? We can only approach Him as He has decreed in His Word. The priest Uzzah, who with good intentions reached out to steady the ark, was immediately struck dead.

But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it. And the anger of the Lord burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God. [6:6-6]

Good intentions do not grant us access to Him Enthroned. We cannot approach Him, unless we come by His Way as given in His Word. The ark was not to be carried in a cart, even if it was a new cart. Man-made ways of approaching God are unacceptable.

You shall cast four gold rings for it and fasten them on its four feet, and two rings shall be on one side of it and two rings on the other side of it. 13 You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark with them. 15 The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be removed from it. [Exodus 25:12-15]

We too have been shown the way to approach Him, it is only by His Son, Jesus Christ that we are able to come to the Father.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. [John 14:6]

May we humble ourselves today as we come to Him, the babe born in Bethlehem, who humbled Himself that we might be saved.

“But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”
[Isaiah 66:2]

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [Philippians 2:5-8]

May we revere Him today, as we consider Him Who came as the babe in a manger, Him Enthroned in our hearts and lives.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. [1 Peter 3:15 NIV]

Let’s Grow Together!