Monday, October 28, 2013

Lessons from Esther: Behind the scene

12 Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's ring. 13 And the letters were sent by posts into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey. 14 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, that they should be ready against that day. 15 The posts went out, being hastened by the king's commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed. Esther 3:12-15

The plan is set; the day is set, now it needs to be enacted. Haman calls all the leaders from all the provinces. Remember Ahasuerus was over 127 provinces. He gives them the “written law” and seals it with the king’s seal.

The letters are sent to all 127 provices with the “written law” to destroy and kill all Jews young and old, little children and women. No one is to live who is of Jewish ancestry. This is unbelievably sad but since the beginning of time people have tried to destroy God’s chosen people.

After everything is set in motion the king and Haman sit down to drink but the city is perplexed. The city is beside themselves, because most of the Persians probably thought if this could happen to the Jews are we next.

We say things like this could never happen today, but think of the downward spiral the world has gone in the last few decades:

·        Children not allow to pray in school Supreme court rulings 1962-1963
·        Time magazine cover “Is God dead?” April 1966
·        The words “in Jesus name” not allowed in prayer in the US Navy – Washington times Dec 21, 2005
·        People not allowed to wear cross jewelry England 2012
·        The oath “so help me God” taken out of the US Air Force Oct 2013

This is only a small portion of items about groups or governments against Christians or religious groups.

Now more than ever Christians need to ban together and pray for our countries and our world.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14

The steps:
·        Humble ourselves
·        Pray
·        Seek God’s face
·        Turn from our wicked way

The results:
·        God will hear
·        God will forgive
·        God will heal the land

Have a blessed day,

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