Thursday, October 23, 2008

JOURNEY THROUGH ESTHER

Here are some thoughts I gleaned in my recent read through Esther in The Message Bible.

This story reminds us that the people of God can never be killed off. Did you know that Esther is the only book of the Bible that never mentions the name of God? This fact almost kept it from being accepted in the canon of Scripture.

  1. The "law of the Medes and Persians" has made it into our English vernacular. It means a law or rule that must never be broken. By the way, have you ever wondered why King Xerxes never tried to talk things out with Vashti his wife?
  2. The first recorded beauty pageant? Now that we already know the whole story of Esther, it is amazing to see how God used the events as part of His plan to save the Jews from extinction.
  3. What a contrast of human qualities: Mordecai and Haman. Mordecai secure in his moral principles and unwilling to compromise them. Haman insecure and willing to lead an effort of Jewish genocide because one man wouldn't bow to him.
  4. 4:12-14--Best-known verses of Esther. I love Mordecai's faith that God will always work out a plan to spare the Jewish people. His challenge to Esther is awesome--stressing that maybe she was made queen "for just such a time as this."
  5. Haman was about as arrogant as they come. But it crawled deep under his skin that Mordecai would not bow to him. Is there some type of thorn that keeps me from enjoying life?
  6. Haman's arrogance reminds me of the Proverb, "Pride goes before destruction." The book of Esther is filled with ironic events.
  7. Haman's theme song had to be "Bad Day". Evil actions will eventually come back to haunt you.
  8. Isn't it amazing how God can use one person to accomplish such extraordinary things? A humble Jewish woman becomes queen and is responsible for saving her people from extinction.
  9. Without the Book of Esther we would never know the roots of the annual Jewish feast of Purim.
  10. Just goes to show you that faithfulness to God and consistent moral character will lead to great rewards.

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