THRONE OF GRACE
OCTOBER 2, 2004
I wish you could come and sit a spell with us here at the mini golf early in the morning. We have what it appears to be at least two set of dove that come each morning and get a drink from our pond. They are a beautiful shade of brown and of course they remind us each morning of the wonderful peace of God that has been given to us all by the Prince of Peace.
We are still in the feasts of Succot and are being blessed by different ones sending us more information that they have seen as they celebrate this last holiday. I pray that what I share will continue to bless you and cause you to desire to celebrate this feast that the bible tells us is called the Lord’s feast.
When the Children of Israel left Egypt in the exodus, they left from a place called Succot. Remember that they were slaves in Egypt and we can be pretty sure that the accommodations were not the greatest. Can you hear Moses declaring to Pharaoh that he must let the people go free?
During the Exodus, God told the Children of Israel to build Him a Succa or the Tabernacle. In this Succa we find the Ark of the Covenant and above this is the Mercy seat which is bench where the blood of the lamb would be placed every Yom Kippur. In Hebrews 4:16 we see that this is called the Throne of Grace. This should give us great shouting ground during joyful time of Succot.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain Mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
This is a tremendous passage of scripture. I had an open vision of this bench before the Throne of Glory one night and the Lord caused me to know that this is where we are seated with Him and that He brought His blood into the very presence of God and poured it out on this bench. Since His blood is eternal it is still fresh today for us and we read in 1 John 1:9 that this blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Glory!
Nothing but the blood of Jesus can wash away our sins. When we come boldly unto His Throne of Grace without fear and trembling as did the priests of old–because we are bearing the blood of Jesus, not merely the blood of animals. Yes, let us again say Glory!
When Jacob came back into the land from Haran, he built succot for his cows, and the name of that place was called Succot. We only live minutes away from this spot here in the hills of Samaria. This is what Jesus was born in. Most likely He was not just born in a succa, but was born at this time of the year to bring in what is called – “tabernacling among men”.
Scripture tells us that shepherds were abiding in the field, watching over their flocks by night. You will not find shepherds in the fields of Israel in December because of the weather. The reason for thinking that it was Tabernacles/Succot when Jesus was born just makes good sense. I have no desire to make a big issue out of this and we can all rejoice in the fact that our God did come forth for us to have a Saviour.
“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 cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16)
Reach out today for a touch from the King and you will find glorious grace in your time of need.
THRONE of GRACE [Homer Owen] 10-2-04 1