Psalm 103:19 “The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.”
The Throne of God has been an area of intrigue with me for years. I used to wonder if God had a throne like a king, inlaid with gold and silver, purple cushions, ornate with curved moldings of angels or lions while positioned at the head of some giant courtroom.
The image of a kings throne can be somewhat misleading when we consider the Throne of Almighty God, the glory and splendor that is described by those whom God has given the privilege of seeing His throne is quite different than any earthly description. Although God’s Throne isn’t on this earth, we can look at the description of it to understand its significance.
Psalm 97:2 “Clouds and darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne”
When considering anything that is well built, any good builder considers the foundation it is built upon. If the foundation is built poorly, no matter how nice the structure, it will be unstable, I think the Lord knows this very well.
Although we are unable to fully look upon Him in our current state nor are we able to fully grasp the measure of His glory, we can consider what He has revealed to us and rejoice.
Righteousness is a reflection of the perfection of God’s holiness or nature. Justice is a reflection of the law, God’s moral law that reveals man’s separation from Him and guides those who claim Jesus as their Savior in the way they should go. It’s interesting that these two attributes reflect the foundational premise for God’s throne. Without a knowledge of sin, mankind would not receive the grace and mercy offered as restitution. Without justice, God’s Holiness would mean nothing more than the truth that we make it. He would not be God alone, but simply one of a billion god’s contrived by those who don’t want to be held accountable for their actions.
God’s justice establishes His authority, it demands respect and honor and the fear of the Lord then leads men to repentance. At the end of the law is Jesus, waiting, with open arms to all who would abide in Him.
Romans 10:4-5 “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.”
Upon accepting and believing Jesus as your Lord and Savior, His perfection is given to you. You are made perfect before the Father.
Romans 10:10 “For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”
There have been many good and bad kings in history. A short Old Testament survey reveals an entire lineage of kings who did evil in the sight of the Lord and those who lived and ruled righteously.
Psalm 88:14 “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.”
Before God is how He is presented, what we see before Him is Mercy and Truth. If you were to stand before the throne of an earthly king, you might know whether your life is in trouble or if your receiving a blessing. Come before that king unworthy, and you’ll see what authority is then exercised over you, your life may very well be forfeited.
How has Yahweh shown us Mercy?
Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”
God’s expectation is that we model ourselves after Him. If we want to receive mercy (not getting what we deserve), we must show that to others.
James 2:13 “For judgment is without mercy to the one who has not shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
As we look further, we see descriptives of all that surrounds God’s throne.
Revelation 4:3 “And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.
I find it interesting that jasper, which was green in the priestly breastplate is actually described more as a diamond in revelation and is known for its brilliance. Sardis, represents purity, it is red and would be illustrative of the brilliance of the King of glory. The blood that Jesus bore on the cross was so significant that we are reminded of that by His countenance, blood also represents life. The rainbow, represents the promise and yet shining with emerald green. According to Jewish Midrash, the Tribe of Levy, which was chosen to serve God in the Temple, was given the gem as a sign of their wisdom and devotion. Both the Talmud and Midrash associate emeralds with intelligence and wisdom.
Not only is God’s splendor and majesty on display, but we see those whom God has honored, seated around Him. The fact that they too sit on thrones is a recognition of the authority imparted to them as well. We witness the divine calling of God’s goodness when He entrusts is, His servants, with representing His power as ambassadors to the world.
2 Corinthians 5:20 “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”
The Throne of God has had a place of significance throughout history. When Solomon dedicated the Temple in Jerusalem, we see God’s glory filling the temple and resting between the wings of the Cherubim in 1 Kings, the components that filled the Ark…the tablets of Moses which revealed the law, the manna of provision and Gods mercy and finally Aaron’s priestly staff containing the sprouts signifying our Savior who is our ultimate High Priest, giving life to all who follow.
Finally, when Jesus suffered and died at Calvary, we see the curtain of the temple being torn, and the foundation being broken. No longer does the Lord abide in a temple made by man but now His temple is in our hearts.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
The glory of God rests on His people. We are called to be His light to the world. Then, when Jesus appears again and takes us with Him into Heaven, we will dwell with Him. This is our hope, the joy of all who eagerly wait for His return.
Revelation 5:13-14 “And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever! Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.”