Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Decree

The Decree

               The was a King that ruled in a wonderful kingdom, he ruled his subjects with balance and wisdom. This King was known for his grace as well as his mercy, he had never lost a war not even a battle.

               Many years had past since his last war, and all his enemies were subdued. The subjects of his kingdom had grown wealthy, and complaisant. All his subjects were glad that they had been born into his kingdom, thought they would admit to anyone that they took it for granted most of the time.

                A great famine came upon this kingdom, and no rain fell for three years. The great men of this kingdom came to the King with their complaints. Lord Greedsen was Lord over all the King’s banks he was first to speak,” Great and Noble King , May God bless you and keep your throne secure. I must come and tell you that your bank coffers are nearly empty. All the food and services you have provided the subjects of your kingdom with, has emptied your treasure house. Only what you have in your castle is left. May God restore to you your wealth, but I must know what you would have me due.” The great King nodded and looked at the next Lord waiting.

               Lord Glutous began with his eyes at the floor. “ Great King may God bless you and keep you always. I must inform you that your food store houses are almost empty, what you have given away to the kingdom and what the pests have destroyed, has emptied your warehouse. Only what you have in your castle kitchen is left. I need to know what you would have me do.”

               The next Lord seeing the eye of the King stepped forward and bowed on his face, Lord Worrison began his speech, “ May this happen only to your enemies Great King, May God keep you and bless you. There is no work in the Kingdom save the palace, all the businesses have laid off and are closing their doors. I must inform you that unless you tell me what to do, there will be riots in the street. Your soldiers are in the streets demanding that they be taken care of. Tell me great King what should I do?”

                The Great King arose and stated,” Clear this room, I must think.” When the room had been cleared the great King fell on his face before the cross over his throne. His weeping could be heard outside the great walls. Forgive me o Great God for not ruling with justice and by your word alone. If I am to remain King, tell me what to do. Be done unto your servant as you wish.” The king was on his face for hours, until dawn the next day. When he arose, he called to the court and said,” Assemble the court.”

                There was much noise in the great court room, it was a long room with the King’s throne upon the far end raised above all the room. The trumpets sounded, and a great shout went out, “Long live the King!!!!”

                  The room fell silent and the King entered, all heads bowed every knee bowed. With majesty the great King walked unto his throne and turned around to face the court.

                 The King began,” My throne has always been upheld by the one God who upholds all thrones. The God that created all created my throne and the kingdom it stands on. Glory to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords Jesus Christ. This very Jesus has given me council on what to do. This I decree, Tomorrow every subject will bring all that he has into the castle. All that is gathered will be placed together. Each subject will then received what he is due. So be it.”

                 The throne room was quiet, no shout went up, in stunned silence the murmuring started slowly. The merchants as they left with heads bowed, complained to one another that they had not worked so hard for their wares to have them given away by a King that did not buy them. The bakers and cooks complained that the food they saved was for their families only, not for beggars in the streets. The bankers were outraged that the King would think that he should take their profit from sound principles and give to those who should have been more like the ant than the grass hopper. The poor in the street when they heard the decree worried that they had nothing to bring.

                 The dawn broke clear and cold, no greater sunrise had ever been seen. Slowly the great gates on the palace were opened and guards move out and took their places. When the trumpets sounded the King took his throne and had them bring each subject one at a time into the court. Each subject then was led out the back of the court and instructed not to speak to anyone that had not been in the court room.

                 The first in line were those that had nothing, one little boy when he came forward said,” oh Great King I have obeyed your command, this shirt and my shoes are all I have.” The King smiled and said,” you have spoken truth, come receive new shoes, milk and honey and a place in my kitchen to earn your keep.” Even the guards did not understand The Decree

               What the kingdom did not understand was that this wise King had many rooms in his castle that no one had ever seen, and these rooms had been revealed to him by Jesus the night before. They had been sealed by his father for such a time as this. These rooms had more than a thousand kingdoms could contain.

              For the ones that brought out of what they thought they could share, that is all they got back. For those that brought all of it, they received what they could not imagine.

The end.

Written by Rich Ingles
on 5th of March 2010

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