1 month 1 week ago #12050 by FemiClef
  _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *JUDGEMENT IS ON THE WAY* *TEXT:* ESTHER 9:13-19._*KEY VERSE* "But the other Jews that were in the king's provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey" (ESTHER 9:16)._  Among a nationality in West Africa, there is a saying that describes the Almighty as "the King you don't see, but whose works fill the universe." They define the Lord in His creation and in the influence of nature on them. In the book of Esther, we do not get to hear God mentioned but He is everywhere. The story of the supernatural deliverance of the Jews in the provinces of the Medo-Persian Empire in the book predates the view of the Africans about the Invisible God who can only be 'seen' when He performs supernatural feats. Although there is no mention of God's name in the book of Esther, He maintains a commanding presence to prove that He would not look on while the annihilation of the Jews was being planned by the enemies of His people. He would not permit the destruction of the nation which would produce the Saviour of the world. He reversed all the laws promulgated to abort His plan through the promotion of Esther and Mordecai. Only a God in complete charge of "all power in heaven and on earth" can cause this reversal for a people on the brink of destruction. In the euphoria of their victory, the preserved Jews maintained their integrity by refraining from plundering the goods of their adversaries. Their struggle was a matter of life and death beyond a quest for material prosperity. There was no room for carnal considerations. lt was a noble mission to partner the Lord to bring judgment upon a nation acting contrary to a heavenly project. Uncompromising Christians passing through persecution can take solace in the story of the Jews in the book of Esther. The Lord will not spare those maltreating and threatening them. He will move on behalf of His people, and will turn the tide against the foes of the gospel if they refuse to repent. *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* God's sword is dangling over hardened enemies of the Cross.  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* 1 CORINTHIANS 12-14. *MEDITATION* God will do what He says He will do 1. God's counsel was to annihilate the Amalekites, I Samuel 15:2,3. Saul rebelled and some were spared. However in the text, we read how the remnants, the people of Haman were exterminated, vv14-16.*Lesson* Man's rebellion can only delay but cannot stop the counsel of God from coming to pass.2. Psalm 92:11 "Mine eye shall see the desire of mine enemies, and my ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise against me". *Q* How was this fulfilled for Esther and her people in the text?*Lesson* The righteous, in the final analysis, will determine what should happen to the wicked. Never be intimidated or overwhelmed. Be strong3. Psalm 26:27 "He who digs a pit (for you) shall fall into it". How was this fulfilled on Haman and his ten sons?*Lesson* The righteous should always lay hold on the promises of God and watch out; God's word will always come to pass.4. Psalm 125:3 "The rod of the wicked shall not fall on the lot of the righteous"*Q* How was this promise fulfilled in the text? Do you believe it*Lesson* God operates by covenant of His word, when dealing with the rightous, even when they forget those promises*Q* What other lessons on God's faithfulness to His word you can learn from the text?*Note* The fulfilment of those promises did not come through idleness, indolence and indiscipline of the Jews. They fasted, prayed and contended for their rights. "Fight the good fight of faith" by contending for the fulfilment of God's promises *Praye points* Give praises to God for His faithfulness to His promisesAsk for grace never to stagger at the promises of God through unbeliefAsk for strength to be a contender for the promises of GodPray that the Church of God will see her desire fulfilled on adversaries of the gospel *HYMN* Great is thy Faithfulness. (GHS 9)

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