What a dramatic contrast with God’s previous command at Mount Sinai…. Spurgeon - Lest the glow and brilliance of the word “throne” should be too much for mortal vision, our text now presents us with the soft, gentle radiance of that delightful word—“grace.” We are called to the throne of grace, not to the throne of law. Larger numbers than ever before at one time have come forward to confess Christ,—as plain an answer to the supplications of God’s people, as though the hand of the Most High had been stretched out of heaven handing down to us the blessings for which we asked. He is the God Whose plan of redemption dictated that ALL sin must be punished. As I said the other Sabbath, let us beware of playing at praying. Worthy Of Worship - As Moses was tending his father-in-law's sheep in the desert, his attention was drawn to a strange sight. He clothes the weeping penitent in the robe of the Redeemer's righteousness, so that it may appear with acceptance before him who is "of purer eyes than to behold iniquity;" and He draws persuasively to a Throne of Grace--Himself "praying for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words." His blood atoned for all our race, Margin throne of grace . Let Him worry about the timetable. There never is a night or day There we get the full heart of God. For long weary days brave men died by the thousands — the afternoon of the last day was wearing rapidly away, the thin red living line getting thinner and thinner, the squares smaller and smaller at each returning charge — but at last, just before the daylight faded, just before endurance could do no more, there comes old Blucher at last and gives the order, and the whole line bore down upon the enemy and scattered them. Submit to His timetable and His care." On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. O happy souls that can believe this, and believing it can come at once and glorify grace by becoming instances of its power. Adam Clarke adds that parrhesia modifying draw near means to do so "with freedom, confidence, liberty of speech, in opposition to the fear and trembling of the Jewish high priest. Ephesians 6:19-note and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. His friend responded, “My plane may be small, but I have the same rights, the same privileges, and the same access to that airport as anyone else—even the jumbo jets!” If you could, I confess that I could not. Just so with this great word of the writer of this Epistle, descriptive of the temper and disposition with which men are to go to God — with confidence, full, cheerful, and unembarrassed, and which expresses itself in full trust, exactly as one of the old Psalms says — ‘Ye people, pour out your heart before Him.’ (Ps 62:8-note) Yes, let it all flow out, just as you would do to husband or wife, or lover, or friend (Ed: That is what is meant by bold speech!). Take your temporal cares and necessities to the Lord, for He who is the God of grace is also the God of providence. There are these two or three things to be thought of, and I have done. It is the throne of grace to which we approach when we pray; and let us for a moment or two think this over, by way of consolatory encouragement to those who are beginning to pray; indeed, to all of us who are praying men and women. Dost thou think that the King of heaven is delighted to hear thee pronounce words with a frivolous tongue, and a thoughtless mind? Yes, the weak have been strengthened--the downcast encouraged--the helpless relieved--the sorrowful comforted--the poor enriched, by drawing near to a throne of grace. Why stand afar off? Help For The Helpless - I sometimes ask people, "Where does it say in the Bible, 'God helps those who help themselves'?" In Hebrews this term is used of fallen mankind's ability to approach God because of Jesus' sacrifice (cf. Hebrews 12:18 (note) - For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind, Hebrews 12:22 (note) - But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels. And it is, besides, ever near at hand. It is the free, spontaneous, absolute loving-kindness of God toward men. But this does not exhaust his greatness. Grace covers the sin, while mercy removes the pain. then he has need to pray, "Lord, allow me not to forget You." God has many thrones. TODAY IN THE WORD - Haley Mills was an established child star at the time, but her escort to Disneyland one day had even more clout. He delights in your confidence, and will honor the soul that thus honors Him. Delivered on Lord’s-Day Morning, November 19th, 1871, by Yours, for Jesus’ sake, Let Him watch the clock. Oh, what faults there are in us! Common sense laughs their pretensions to scorn. always touching him, as of old the women touched his garment's hem; and receiving responses, quick as the lightning flash, and full of the healing, saving virtue of God (Mark 5:25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34). The saint who in the future Rapture of the Church will approach the Judgment Seat of Christ with boldness (parresia, freedom of speech) is the saint who in his earthly life has had the love that God is in His nature brought to its full capacity of operation by the Holy Spirit in his life. New International Dictionary of NT Theology. Just so with this great word of the writer of this Epistle, descriptive of the temper and disposition with which men are to go to God — with confidence, full, cheerful, and unembarrassed, and which expresses itself in full trust, exactly as one of the old Psalms says — ‘Ye people, pour out your heart before Him.’ Yes, let it all flow out, just as you would do to husband or wife, or lover, or friend, or the chosen companion to whom we can tell everything. But the atonement effected by Christ's sacrifice of himself on the cross opened the way that had hitherto been closed. Parrhesia in some contexts conveyed the sense of courage, confidence (Acts 4:13, 1Jn 3:21) or boldness (Ep 6:19, "fearlessly" in Ep 6:19NIV-note). John 10:24 The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, "How long will You keep us in suspense? If right now it seems as though God is tarrying instead of working, if it seems as though He is delaying instead of acting, what should you do? Hebrews 4:16 Parallel. Today’s reading in Hebrews reveals that, with Christ as our high priest, we enjoy benefits even Solomon couldn’t call his own. I find the promise true, This is the dispensation of grace, the year of grace: grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life. Oh, shame upon us, if we are unbelieving before the throne of the King of heaven and earth. Dare any of you think of praying were it not that God’s throne is a throne of grace? We see our own ability to deal with problems; He shows us our weaknesses to teach us to rely on His strength. The word boetheia [word study] is properly rendered assistance, help, or support; but it is an assistance in consequence of the earnest cry of the person in distress, for the word signifies to run at the cry. It gives new life to the drooping spirit--it imparts new vigor to faith--new fervor to love--new intensity to zeal. 1. And waits to answer prayer. To the Christian pilgrim, no promises are more encouraging, than those which assure him of an answer to believing prayer. Rather, we are encouraged to come to Him and to keep on coming to His throne, without fear or doubt. You have begun to pray; God has begun to answer. Amen.". Gratia in turn is derived from "gratus" meaning free, ready, quick, willing, prompt. Mercy is kindness and good-will toward the miserable and afflicted, joined with a desire to relieve them. True, times there often are in the Christian life, when the soul, burdened--distracted--filled with earthly things, cannot enter into sweet and prayerful communion with its God--when the consciousness of sin and of unworthiness causes it, with fear and trembling, to "stand afar off." If the answer be delayed, or God should seem to withhold it altogether, remember that "He gives no account of any of His matters," and that He has a right to answer or not to answer, as seems good in His sight. Donald Grey Barnhouse observed "Love that gives upward is worship, love that goes outward is affection; love that stoops is grace. Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven and we are invited to come before Him with boldness, "Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace." And even the penitential tear The next two chapters close with the words on which we are dwelling now, concerning the Great High-Priest (He 4:14). Besides, he is the most Holy of all kings. The sacrifice of Christ has enabled God to be just, and yet the justifier of him that believeth. To arrogate any priestly functions of sacrifice, of absolution, or of imparting sacramental grace, is to intrude sacrilegiously on ground which is sacred to the Son of God; and, however royal such are in mien or intellect, they must be withstood, as Azariah withstood Uzziah-saying, "It appertaineth not unto thee to burn incense unto the Lord, but to Jesus, our Great High-Priest; go out of his office, for thou hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honor from the Lord God.". All Christians struggle with two crucial areas that will make or break us in the Christian life: perseverance in times of trial; and, prayer. Then will God avenge his own elect, and that speedily. If it is a time of need, then we see clearly from this verse that it is a time when we are permitted and encouraged to pray. It is by His grace that the veil of the temple that separates man from God, is torn in two from top to bottom, providing access into the presence of our heavenly Father. Before Thy throne of grace I fall; —Richard De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. True worship acknowledges One verse per line Red Letter Cross References Footnotes Strongs Numbers Hide Verse Numbers Close. It is for those who are in need- upon whom all other doors are closed, with whom all other resources have failed, who have nowhere else to look, nowhere else to fly. Is it a time of temporal distress with you? He is God, but He is a man, and I can come to Him with great freedom. And then in getting the full heart of God, with all its divine abundance and pardoning grace and tender, gracious pity, I get, of course, the full hand of God to obtain mercy, and find grace, the bestowment of the needful blessings, the obtaining of grace in time of need, the right grace No blunders in the equipment with which He supplies us. Bengel remarks, “Grace takes away the fault, mercy the misery.” The pre-Christian definitions of the word eleos include the element of grief experienced on account of the unworthy suffering of another. Suppose I come loaded with sorrow; there is One there who knows all the sorrows to which humanity can be subjected. It is called parrhesia, free spokenness, openness, boldness, frankness. : Hendrickson), NIDNTT - Since in practice this freedom of speech encountered opposition from time to time, parrhesia acquired the further meaning of fearlessness, frankness. It is a throne, and who sits on it? That this exhortation of the apostle may not be lost on us, let us consider:—. He does not give me the parcel that was meant for you; there is no error in the delivery. A Psalm of David; for a memorial. Mercy when we are at our worst, yes, and at our best; mercy when the pruning knife cuts deep, yes, and when we are covered with foliage, flower, or fruit; mercy when we are broken and sore vexed, yes, and when we stand on the paved sapphire work upon the mountain summit to talk with God. Font Size. You can easily understand how naturally that becomes an expression for the unembarrassed, unrestrained full out-pouring of a heart. If a person should ask for audience with royalty, and then should say, “I scarce know why I have come, I do not know that I have anything very particular to ask; I have no very urgent suit to press;” would he not be guilty both of folly and baseness? Then, dear reader, whatever be your case, you may come. When is this time? But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 2 For since a the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and b every transgression or disobedience received a just c retribution, 3 d how shall we escape if we e neglect such a great salvation? Better things than that of Abel doth it ask for, and its cry is heard. From time to time all of saints encounter unexpected storm winds and are in need of our great Captain to batten down the hatches, sending His help that we might be able to endure the stormy trial or temptation. He reigns, but in this case grace reigns through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. If you are disloyal enough to despise the King, at least, for your own sake, do not mock him to his face, and when he is upon his throne. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them,  not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. Let us - 13x in 12v - Heb 4:1, 11, 14, 16; 6:1; 10:22, 23, 24; 12:1 (2x), He 12:28; 13:13, 15, Draw Near - Heb 4:16; 7:19, 25; 10:1, 22. Singing I Go Peabody, MA. Wherever they have built homes for themselves, they have erected the wigwam, the pagoda, the parthenon, the obelisk guarded temple, the Gothic monster fashioned after the model of the forest glade, a leafy oracle petrified to stone; and they have chosen one of themselves, set apart from ordinary work, and sanctified by special rites to minister, treading its floors, and pleading at its altars, interceding for them in times of famine, pestilence, and plague; blessing their arms as they went forth to fight, and receiving their spoils of victory; making propitiation for sin, and assuring of forgiveness. When you pray in Jesus' name, When God is not moving as rapidly as we think He should, when our timetables do not coincide, what should we do? Lev 26:13 [where "erect" is translated with parrhesia], LXX; Acts 4:29; 2Cor 7:4) and to God (e.g. It would be terrible if we had to pray to a just God if He was not also a Savior; if we could only see the awful glare of Sinai without the blessed attractions of the atonement made on Calvary. If thou hast certain words to utter, to which thou dost attach a superstitious reverence, go and say them in the bedizened courts of the harlot Rome, but not before the glorious Lord of Zion. A throne of grace is a place fitted for you: go to your knees; by simple faith go to your Saviour, for he, he it is who is the throne of grace. 1989. Acts 4:29 "And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence. How long shall the name of Jesus be blasphemed by the idolatries of Antichrist? And where can you go for guidance, for direction, for counsel, for light upon the intricacies of the way, but to the God of grace? (Hebrews Commentary online). Rocky Sinai once was the throne of law, when God came to Paran with ten thousand of his holy ones. They wore a special dress, ate special food, and lived in special towns; whilst every care was taken to accentuate their separation to transact the spiritual concerns of the nation. Reprinted by permission. When to the throne of grace I flee, In oaths, and promises, and blood. But I am free to speak, because He is also a man. The dying words of one ancient saint were "Grace is the only thing that can make us like God. Remember, the gate of access is ever open, and the winged prayer will, in an instant, bring the Savior near--in all the intensity of His love--in all the fullness of His grace--in all the omnipotence of His strength--in all the sweetness of His sympathy, and assurance of His death-destroying might, into your faint and failing heart. The pride that will not own the king, the treason which rebels against the sovereign will should, if it be wise, avoid any near approach to the throne. There Jesus shows a smiling face Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Just now I implore a renewal of those prayers with increased earnestness, for a revival of religion is greatly needed; and it would be a sure evidence of its speedy coming, if believers united in prayer for it. And shot devouring flame; Greek: proserchometha (1PPMS) oun meta parresias to throno tes charitos, ina labomen (1PAAS) eleos kai charin euromen (1PAAS) eis eukairon boetheian. No trial is too great, no temptation is too strong, but that Jesus Christ can give us the mercy and grace that we need, when we need it. 1986), Maclaren - The word (parrhesia) literally means speaking everything. 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