An Illustration That Helps Explain the Greatness of Our Sinfulness

December 1, 2012

When queen Vashti refused to heed the commandment of her husband, king Ahasuerus (Esth. 1:12), the king consulted with his wise men about what should be done to her (Esth. 1:13-15). Memucan, one of his princes, remarked that the queen had not only wronged the king by her disobedience to his commandment, but also she had wronged all his princes and all the people in all his provinces (Esth. 1:16). He thus regarded her rebellion against the king as a sin against him and all who were in his kingdom.

Scripture teaches that God is the eternal King of the universe (Ps. 29:10; Dan. 4:34-35; 1 Tim. 1:17). When we sin even once by breaking one of His commandments, we sin not only against God but also against all His subjects throughout His universal kingdom.

Viewed from this perspective, it is clear that all of us are exceedingly great sinners who have sinned against God and His universal dominion countless times. The infinite greatness of our sin required the payment of an infinite penalty if we were to be forgiven.

Praise God that Jesus is “the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2)! Thank you, Lord Jesus, for paying it all!



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