I finished today’s homework in the Bible study I’m facilitating at my church, Here and Now….There and Then, by Beth Moore. It is mostly a lecture study with some light homework every week for 11 weeks. Today’s homework dealt with God’s throne room in heaven. The passages we read and compared were Revelation 4 and Ezekiel 1—awesome stuff!
A few comments Beth Moore made in the lecture Tuesday regarding Revelation 4 dealt with God being on the throne in the center of everything and that every element and creature mentioned in chapter 4 is described in direct relationship to the throne. She made the point that the biggest temptation in a believer’s life is deciding whether to be “self” centered or God-centered. As is seen in Revelation, those closest to God’s throne—God-centered--saw Him as holy and worthy and worshiped and adored Him. She further explained that we will better see God as He is when we are more God-centered. Likewise, we will be less likely to see Him as He is when we are “self” centered and living further away in proximity to His throne of grace. I thought this was profound.
Then she had us read Hebrews 4:14-16 in order to deepen our appreciation of the invitation we have to approach this same majestic and glorious Throne of God with confidence—most especially when we need “grace to help in time of need”. As a survivor of depression and panic and as one who still struggles with feeling overwhelmed and anxious when life gets crazy, this means so much.
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (KJV)
I praise you, Lord!