I’m finally ending 2 1/2 year Bible Study I started after J Vernon McGee ended his last “Bible Bus”. I’m in the Book of Esther. The last book of the Old Testament. I finished the New Testament part of the Study months ago. The Bible is sort of lopsided, there being over twice as many Old Testament books and many more pages than the New Testament.
Anyway, the Book of Esther is one of my favorites since it is the story of a bully and how a nice peasant girl is risen up to be Queen via a contest of all things only to be given the responsibility to save her people (the Jews) when the bully decides to curry the King’s favor to get him to make an order to kill all Jews.
Esther fasts for three days then comes to the King (Xerxes) unbidden even though she might risk death doing so. The King has mercy and lifts his scepter and she is able to make her request: a banquet for the King and Haman (the bully) to attend. At the first banquet she requests a second banquet and at the second banquet she spills the beans and tells the King that Haman is plotting against her people. The King becomes enraged and hangs Haman (some people call him an early day Hitler) on the gallows he had made to hang Esther’s cousin, Mordecai.
After that, the King makes an edict that states that if anyone attacks Jews on the day that was set apart to do this (sometime in our February) the Jews could fight back. God strengthened the Jews and many joined them and the day became a feast instead of a slaughter…a feast still celebrated today with food, drink and costume parties: Purim, or the feast of the Pur, or lot, since Haman had cast lots to determine the “right” day to kill the Jews.
How does this apply to me? To us? The bullies are the perps and are headed by the elite “Haman” people. The people prayed and fasted as one along with the Queen and God heard them. The enemy, Haman, along with his TEN sons hung on gallows right in front of their house! I pray often that the snare the enemy has set for me that he will fall into. The Book is about that and also how God found it in His Mind to redeem His people even though they were captive in a strange land due to their sin.
The Hamans are all over and although we once thought we were citizens we are strangers in a strange land we find out with few if any rights. May the Lord use the weapons and snares the perps determine against us against them.
The strange thing is, is this did not have to happen. Saul was supposed to kill all the Amalekites but he failed to do that and this man was a descendent of this “devoted” tribe (devoted by God to be killed) and was hot for revenge against the Jews. Some of us might be targets due to past mistakes which are now blown up out of proportion and added to to create a monster in the perps’ imaginations. The perps want us to concentrate on the past and to feel like dog shit for it. Now is the time to put away the guilt of past mistakes and repent to God for them then pray for our deliverance from these modern day Hamans.