The bees stood out this morning as I awoke. Bees gathering nectar, busy at work. Bees are wonderful in a way that they go about their work and if you are getting very close they will not be bothered. They are not bothered by things that are close by. But I am reluctant to get very close to their nest as I might be perceived as a threat and attacked.
When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city.
In Britain certainly the usual British thing to do if you have problems or are grieved is to just get on with it. How different this is in contrast to the Old Testament. We go about our day and if anyone asks how we are we mostly reply with, “not bad”, “could be worse”, “oh so, so”. Very rarely has anyone stopped and poured out there complaints in a loud voice for all to hear.
any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden sceptre that he may live.
I wonder about when I have to stand in front of my maker, no one is perfect and if it was just us we would be terrified like this passage suggests because we have to be accountable for our sins.
But the wonderful thing is Jesus is our advocate in heaven, he is in fact like the sceptre in the verse.
We are not worthy as he has created the earth for us to manage and you know how much we have mucked that up!
He demonstrated a perfect life and expects us to live out that life as perfectly as possible, but not on our own. He has left the third person of the trinity to guide us, to travel with us.
Do we ever get that wound up about problems and remorse that we are throwing ashes on ourselves, self destroying our character. Let us put all our sins onto the Lord and call out in pain in our private rooms in prayer with the assistance of the Holy Spirit.
How much more is our King, Jesus Christ able to hold his sceptre out to us, through his sacrifice, his cross which he offers to us in love.
Dear Lord help us to connect with your Holy Spirit to learn to hear. Let us do your work and let the fruits of our life be a truth that leads others to you.