• “My soul remained in a kind of heavenly elysium. So far as I am capable of making a comparison, I think that what I felt each minute, during the continuance of the whole time, was worth more than all the outward comfort and pleasure, which I had enjoyed in my whole life put together. It was a pure delight, which fed and satisfied the soul. It was peasure, without the least sting, or any interruption. It was a sweetness, which my soul was lost in. It seemed to be all that my feeble frame could sustain, of that fulness of joy, which is felt by those, who behold the face of Christ, and share his love in the heavenly world.” – Sarah Edwards, wife of Jonathan Edwards

Fourteenth Day – My King – by Francis R. Havergal

The Sceptre of the King

‘The king held out the golden sceptre.’— Esth. viii. 4.

JESUS is He ‘that holdeth the sceptre,’—the symbol first of kingly right and authority, and next of righteousness and justice. ‘A sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom,’—’a right sceptre.’  And yet the golden sceptre was held out as the sign of sovereign mercy to one who, by  ‘one law of his to put him to death,’ must otherwise have perished, ‘that he may live.’  Thus, by the combination of direct statement and type, we are shown in this figure the beautiful, perfect meeting of the ‘mercy and truth’ of our King, the  ‘righteousness and peace ‘ of His kingdom.’

Again and again the Holy Ghost repeats this grand blending of seemingly antagonistic attributes, confirming to us in many ways this strong consolation.

How precious the tiny word and becomes, as we read, ‘He is just, and having salvation.’  ‘A merciful and faithful High Priest.’  ‘A just God, and a Saviour.’ We do not half value God’s little words.

1 Amos 1.5. 2 Heb, i. 8. 3 Ps. xlv. 6.

4 Esth. iv. II. 6 Ps. Ixxxv. lo; ib. Ixxli. 2, 3.

6 Heb. vi. 18. 7Zech. ix.9.

To ‘the King’s enemies’ the sceptre is a ‘rod of iron’ (for the word is the same in Hebrew). They cannot rejoice in the justice which they defy. To the King’s willing subjects it is indeed golden, a beautiful thing, and a most precious thing. We admire and glory in His absolute justice and righteousness ; it satisfies the depths of our moral being, —it is so strong, so perfect.

His justice is, if we may reverently say so, the strong point of His atoning work. The costly means of our redemption were paid for ‘at the full price.’  He fulfilled the law. There was nothing wanting in all the work which His Father gave Him to do. He finished it.  And His Father was satisfied. Thus He was just towards His Father, that He might be faithful and just to forgive us our sins.  It is no weak compassion, merely wrought on by misery, but strong, grand, infinite, and equal justice and mercy, balanced as they never are in human minds. For only the ways of the Lord are thus “equal.”

And oh, how ‘ sweet is Thy mercy’! and just because of the justice, how ‘sure’!  Esther said, ‘If I perish, I perish.’  So need not we, ‘for His mercy endureth for ever.’  And so, every time we come into the audience chamber of our King, we know that the golden spectre will be held out to us, first ‘that we may live,’ and then for favour after favour. ‘Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.’  Not stand afar off and think about it, and keep our King waiting; but, like Esther, Met us draw near,’  and ‘ touch the top of the sceptre.’

1 Heb ii. 17. 2 Jsa. xlv. 21.

3 Ps. xlv. 5; ib. ii. 9. 4 i Chron. xxi. 24 ; Matt. v. 17.

5 John xvii. 4; Isa. xlii. 21. ^ i John i. 9.

‘ Ezek. xviii. 25. 8 Ps. cix. 20, P. B. V ; Isa. Iv. 3.

8 Esth. iv. 16, 10 Ps. cxxxvi. i.

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