Clothed in Kingly Robes
Day: 12 | Plan: Covenant
Today’s Reading: Esther 6
Esther 6:7-8 (NIV) “So he answered the king, ‘For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head.’”
The grand story of Scripture is God’s plan to redeem His people so that they can both reflect His glory to the world and enjoy an eternal relationship with Him. Though the incarnate Jesus doesn’t appear in the Old Testament we see glimpses of a coming Savior and hints of what He will do for God’s people. The story of Esther is a shadow of the great story of redemption that God promises through Jesus Christ. In this historical narrative, we see a storyline and themes that remind us that God is always at work in the lives of His chosen people. He redeems, protects and preserves those who trust in Him, all for His glory.
In Esther 6, King Xerxes is unable to sleep. He begins reading the chronicles of his reign and remembers how Mordecai exposed a plot to kill the king. When he realizes that nothing has been done to honor Mordecai, the king asks his trusted adviser, Haman, what should be done for “the man the king delights to honor” (Esther 6:7b).
Haman wrongly assumes the honor will be his and tells the king to give the man a royal robe, set him on a royal horse and parade him through the city proclaiming the king’s generosity. To wear the king’s robe and to ride the king’s horse communicated that an individual bears the king’s favor.
Oh friend, does this picture seem familiar at all? Just as this ancient ruler clothed Mordecai in the royal robe, our Eternal King chose to clothe us in the righteousness of Christ. As we pledge our allegiance to our King, we are clothed in His royal robes. This ancient practice influenced how prophets described what God does for us in Christ.
Isaiah 61:10 prophesies, “I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
Our King dresses us in the garments of salvation. Like Mordecai wearing the king’s robe and being saved from Haman’s deadly plot, Jesus clothes us in His righteousness and saves us from Satan’s schemes against us. (Ephesians 6:11)
When we profess faith in Christ, Scripture tells us that we are robed in Christ’s righteousness. Galatians 3:26-28 says, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
The story of Esther isn’t an exact type of Christ’s redemption of us; every element isn’t analogous. Once we are robed in Christ’s righteousness we don’t exactly get a parade. But Scripture attests to other ways that our King sets us up and sets us apart to display His glory.
We are living stones. (1 Peter 2:5)
We are a royal priesthood. (1 Peter 2:9)
We are salt and light. (Matthew 5:13-16)
We are led in the triumph of Christ, a pleasing aroma. (2 Corinthians 2:14-15)
What a glorious inheritance we have! We have been chosen by our King, outfitted by our King and made royal by our King. He then puts us on display for all the world to see the riches of His goodness and grace. This is what is done for us, the people the King chooses to honor.
And we get the privilege to declare our King’s glory to the world.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I love Your Word. It amazes me that each story highlights the beauty and truth of who You are and Your goodness towards Your people. Thank You for clothing me in Christ’s righteousness. May my life be a testament to Your honor. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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