Today we have Erin Borrett as our guest blogger today talking about Hebrews 4:16, and also tying in the story of Esther.
Raise your hand if your childhood, biblical hero was Esther! I am raising mine high! I loved the story from start to finish! The bravery and critical thinking that Queen Esther showed was always an inspiration.
Although, there is one aspect of the story that has always stood out to me above the rest. That moment is when the queen boldly walks into the King’s court, knowing that He could choose to kill or dismiss her. King Ahasherus was known to be an alcoholic and unreliable. The queen had no idea what she was walking into but she went anyway.
“And when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won favor in his sight, and he held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. And the king said to her, “What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of my kingdom.”
This scene has always stood out to me because when I look at Hebrews 4:16 I see the complete opposite when I am encouraged to go before the King of kings, Jesus Christ.
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Jesus isn’t a king who has no idea what it is like to be tempted or live an ordinary life filled with struggles, trials, and pain. His experience on Earth positioned him in situations that allow Him to sympathize with us. He not only ordered the world but experienced it. King Ahasherus had no way to empathize with Queen Esther when she came to him with her true heart masked. Therefore, she walked into his courts with fear and anxiety of what he would say or do when she requested his ear. He could only offer her possessions but our King offers not only His empathetic ear but soul solutions- grace and mercy.
Definition of mercy: a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion
Definition of grace: unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification; special favor
In Hebrews 4 Jesus is described as the “better high priest” – the high priest was divinely appointed to be the one to forgive the sins of himself and others. Jesus being completely sinless lived an earthly life to then die and be resurrected to acquit us of our sins. The high priests of the time were the only ones allowed to enter into the holy of holies in the tabernacle. We see that Jesus is alive, was tempted, and did not fall to sin. Because of that I can with confidence take my temptations and struggles to the Lord knowing that He will not only hear me but empathize with me. Jesus is not like King Ahasherus who lived a life of indulgence and self-centeredness. Jesus is blameless, sinless, and perfect. Because of that He has perfect love for you, perfect desires for your life, and a pure heart to listen with complete compassion.
Take your troubles to the King and High Priest who is FOR you and invites you to draw near to Him. You have no need to veil you heart or emotions, He already knows them and He still beckons you near!
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!