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Esther (part II)

Sunday, January 28, 2018


Most of God's activity in world history, and in our lives, is not blatantly miraculous. It is often only in hindsight that we recognize His guiding hand.

Such was the case with Esther, an orphan adopted by her older cousin Mordecai, both members of a conquered race from a tiny nation on the outskirts of the Persian Empire.

In face, there is no evidence in the first half of the book that bears her name that Esther acknowledges God at all. Yet by the middle of the story she is operating in faith that God may have placed her in such a prominent position at a critical time in the history of her people. So she stepped forward in faith, risking her life on behalf of her people and her God. And God protected her.

It is beyond dispute that God has protected his chosen people throughout the ages, keeping them alive in spite of the best efforts of the Babylonians, the Philistines, the Persians, the Romans, Hitler, and Stalin to wipe them off the face of the earth.

This is because he had a plan for them, and we see that plan at work through the faith and bravery of Esther: a plan to sustain the Jewish people and through them bless the world by the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).

God has a plan for you also, and his plans will not be thwarted by the enemy (Job 42:2, Isaiah 14:27).

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