Monday, 24 June 2013

Risky Morality Issues & a Shadow of Grace

Ahasuerus left it up to Haman the Horrible to craft a law that would bear his (the king’s) signet.  As it turned out, he was forced to have another law written to rescind that law Haman wrote.  The utter surprise however, is that the text does not indicate that Ahasuerus was any more involved in the craft of this new law, than he was in the first.  Yet it was to bear his signet.  Albeit that it worked in this instance in God's people's favour, Ahasuerus really has not learned his lesson;  as once again he leaves matters into the hands of another – even though that first situation had almost cost him his precious Queen Esther. It also suggests a woeful lack of morals on the part of Ahasuerus - like anything goes. As a peculiar people, we can ill-afford to make ourselves vulnerable to another's indiscretions; we must constantly be guided by the Word of God.

The Grace Theme is Clear

The laws of the Medes and Persians cannot change. Incidentally, it's the same with God's laws; they are immutable.  As Ahasuerus was not at liberty to change the law that was crafted Haman the Horrible, so are God’s laws not at liberty to be changed, because its violation will bring death to the human family. Hence, the crisis created by the sin of the original couple in Eden could not be cleared up by simply rescinding the law/clause.  It was and still is the case that, "The soul that sinneth, it shall surely die." Eze. 18: 4. In the book of Genesis is was rendered thus, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die," (2:18).

The solution was that another law/clause had to be written.  Hence  John 3:16.  It says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." In Genesis this new law/clause, given in response to sin, was first alluded to in Genesis 3: 15, "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."  This plan was not an afterthought, but was a part of the foundation of the earth (a provision that made it possible for humanity to be redeemed should sin emerge).  It’s coming into effect was contingent on the human family sinning; hence the idea of it’s being added.

The assurance we have with our King however, is that He is presiding over the affairs; so we are certain about the expected outcomes.

Father in Heaven, thank You for Grace, so that despite our bent to sin, Your stubborn love is constantly at work to save my our souls. Please accept our praise, offered in Jesus' name, amen.

This reading is based on Esther 8.  To read and/or listen to Esther 8 and read other related blogs please click here.