Consider His Throne

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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