Grace Bible Church
Friday, April 26 2013
Pastor/Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Guest speaker: Rick Kabrick

We all need to realize that we are here for just such a time as this. That is what Esther needs to motivate her into action.

Stay in fellowship with the Godhead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Be good to one another because of Christ and His love for us.

Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

Husbands love your wives Christ loves the Church.

Children, honor your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Workers, be good employees to your employers.
Employers treat your employees without threatening them,

Don’t forget their ultimate master is the same as your ultimate master and He is in Heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.

The command to Saul was to wipe out the Amalakites, he failed to do so,
and here an Amalakite commands that the Jewish race be wiped out.

PSA 37:9-13, “For evildoers will be cut off, those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land. Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more; And you will look carefully for his place and he will not be there… The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes at him with his teeth. The Lord laughs at him, For He sees his day is coming.

 

ROM 8:28, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love GOD, to them who are the called according to His purpose.

The Lord Jesus Christ who controls the history is the artist of that tapestry.

 

 

Our Christian duty is not as much about fully discerning and understanding the Providence of God in our lives as it is to simply trust and obey the Providence of God.

Bowing to the rulers was viewed as worship to a false deity.

Haman’s downfall will be not getting over one Jew who would not bow

Many people cannot handle power without becoming proud and conceited.

Mordecai had proved his loyalty to the King. Yet the King will be willing to slay all the Jews because Mordecai did not satisfy Haman’s vanity.

Evil people always pursue their goals by half-truths and false insinuations.

1 Co 15:33, Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.

His conduct had led to a decree of destruction, not just against him or even against his whole family, but it was decreed against all Jews, everywhere.

When we face difficult circumstances, we may grieve that is normal, but ultimately we must trust God for deliverance from the problem and act when the door to action opens.

All she could do was to look at the difficulties and see them as obstacles and then make excuses. And she actually had some good arguments and excuses.

He could use Esther, but she still had the power to choose whether to respond to His will or not. If she chose not to do so, He would use someone else.

Then when the time comes, everyone and everything is in place to accomplish His plan.

 

 

Pride indeed goes before a fall. And let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall!

J.D. Rockefeller once was asked how much money is enough and the richest man in the world at the time said “just a little more”

 

 

Some want immediate benefits from their conduct, so they emphasize material pursuits. Christians may not receive their rewards immediately, as with Mordecai.

 

 

God could have done a different kind of glorious miracle that everyone would see and marvel at. But instead He uses a little thing like insomnia on a particular night and no one knew or saw His hand in it at all…at the time.

 

1) She sought to defeat a decree made by the authority of the King.
2) She knew she had a powerful adversary in Haman, who hated Mordecai and the Jews.
3) She would have to reveal for the first time that she herself was a Jew.

 

ROM 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!”

 

EST 4:13-14, Mordecai said to Esther, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”

The Book of Esther is a reminder that God’s providence continually watches over those that serve Him faithfully, and turn to Him

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