Grace Bible Church
Sunday, April, 28 2013
Robert R. McLaughlin
Guest speaker: Rick Kabrick
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,
Their Master is the same as yours and He is in Heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.
An amazing display of what arrogance can do and the danger of power without a spiritual capacity to handle it. A problem demonstrated throughout history.
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?”
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
The Lord does indeed punish the evil man and deliver the upright man but it is according to His justice and His timing which is always better than ours would be.
The suffering of the just is as for a moment in this world, but the damnation of the wicked by The Lord…that is forever.
The Lord Jesus Christ
who controls history.
Mordecai’s reason for refusing to bow was based on his religion and nationality as a Jew.
Haman’s downfall will be not getting over one little Jew who would not bow.
1 Co 15:33, Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.
We must be very careful of the influence people have on us and whose advice we take.
When we face difficult circumstances, we may grieve that is normal, but ultimately we must trust God for deliverance from the problem.
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.
God’s will is not determined or limited by man’s choices, but the choices an individual makes will determine whether and how much God can use that individual.
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. How would the King react to this?
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.”
Beginning this very night, God’s providence will intervene. Hamans defeat would be complete in one single day.
Two opposing forces are seeking the King’s favor to achieve totally opposite goals: Haman to slay Mordecai and Esther to deliver Mordecai and all the Jews.
Pride always punishes because it is evil.
And worst of all it is a self-inflicted wound.
There is no resolution without confrontation
Those who trust God will always win in the end.
You (we) need to realize that you (we) are here for just such a time as this. We will see that is what Esther needs to motivate her into action.
God has a plan for our life, and put us here at this particular time.
Stay in fellowship with the Godhead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.