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Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 17:13:01 -0500
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Heavenly Connections

Consider His Throne
by Tim Hall

Kings typically find ways to advertise the power
and wealth they possess. One way to do that is to
construct the king's throne with materials and
decorations that proclaim those traits. Those who
approach the king will likely see him sitting on
his throne, so that seat ought to be a visible
statement of his greatness.

Solomon was no exception to this trait. As king
during Israel's most (materially) glorious era,
Solomon amassed fortunes and buildings that
trumpeted his magnificence to all who visited the
holy city. And what about his throne? Consider
this description given to us by inspiration:
"Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory,
and overlaid it with pure gold. The throne had six
steps, and the top of the throne was round at the
back; there were armrests on either side of the
place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the
armrests. Twelve lions stood there, one on each
side of the six steps; nothing like this had been
made for any other kingdom" (1 Kings 10:18-20,
NKJV).

An ivory throne overlaid with pure gold -- that's
clearly a sign of wealth and grandeur. The throne
was elevated with steps leading to the king --
surely a suggestion that the king was removed from
most of his subjects. Guarding the king were two
carved lions, again suggesting his power and his
aloofness from his subjects and enemies. Solomon's
throne was a classic example of what kings wanted
others to see when they came into their presence.

Solomon's kingdom was great and glorious, but
Jesus' kingdom far exceeds Solomon's. If that be
so, what kind of throne must our Lord occupy? Can
any earthly materials be precious enough for such
a marvelous king?

We don't have to speculate, for a description of
the throne of Jesus is given in Hebrews 4:16: "Let
us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in
time of need." Other than the fact that this
throne is located at the right hand of God
(Ephesians 1:20), that's all we know about
Christ's throne. But what a wonderful description
this is!

When people approach Jesus for the first time,
what is the first impression they'll have of him?
If they see the throne on which he sits, they'll
know he is a gracious king. Is he not a powerful
and wealthy king? Certainly; the scriptures are
brimming with evidence of those traits. But the
one characteristic Jesus most wants to portray to
lost humanity is that he sits on a throne of
grace. Once a person is convinced of that, he will
"come boldly to the throne of grace, that [he] may
obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of
need."

These thoughts are consistent with what God
revealed of himself to Moses in Exodus 34:5-7. In
responding to Moses' request to see God's glory,
the Lord passed by his servant, hidden in the
cleft of the rock. The record states: "Now the
LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him
there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And
the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, 'The
LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious,
longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and
truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving
iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means
clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the
fathers upon the children and the children's
children to the third and the fourth generation.'"

What kind of king do we serve? Look at his throne.
He has no interest in ivory, gold, or feeble
lions. The trait he most wants to advertise is
that which we most need: grace. Why, then, should
we ever hesitate to ask him for the things we
need?

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