Memorable Scripture: Man’s way – God’s way

If it pleases the king, let a royal decree go out from him, and let it be recorded in the laws of the Persians and the Medes, so that it will not be altered… Esther 1:19

This scripture shows the importance placed on royalty and man-made laws.
First, nothing was done without the approval of the king.
The phrase “If it pleases the king” is used nine times in the Old Testament, with seven in the Book of Esther.
That places a lot of authority in the hands of one individual. Even if the king has advisors, most have the same mindset of the aristocracy as the king. And in King Ahasuerus’ court, women had no representation.
So only a select few represented a select few leaving many without a voice.

The next point concerns the laws of the Persians and the Medes.
It seems this law, once written, became irrevocable. The problem with this is later demonstrated in Esther when a law is set to kill Jews. The law is set with no way to revoke it. So another law is made allowing the Jews to defend themselves.

Both of these examples show how much man-kind treated himself like a god – nothing is done without the king’s approval and laws that cannot change.
The difference is before God you have representation.
1 Tim 2:5-6 – For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all,

God, also, does not change (Mal 3:6 For I am the Lord, I do not change) but He is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us. (Eph 2:4)

You see man’s way vs God’s way. Man excludes and God includes. Man makes mistakes and God corrects man’s mistakes. That’s the reason you should live your life to please the King of Kings who gave Himself for your benefit.

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