December 29, Reading 1 – Esther 5, 6

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SAA Notes

God’s providence brings rescue from destruction from an unlikely source – a seeming chance reading by the King. This is the pattern of Christmas.

SJA Notes

“On that night the king could not sleep. And he gave orders to bring the book of memorable deeds, the chronicles, and they were read before the king.”

Here we see the reversal of political fame and fortune come about through the king not being able to sleep – See the Lord’s hand at work here!

King Ahasuerus discovered that Mordecai had never been honored for revealing the plot of the two eunuchs who wanted to do away with the king.

And so the king ordered Mordecai honored. By his hated enemy, Haman the Agagite.

Agag was the Amalekite king that the Israelite king Saul (from the tribe of Benjamin, the same as Mordecai) was commanded by the Lord to kill.

Saul disobeyed God and kept Agag alive (although Samuel the prophet then killed him).

The point here is that both of these men were the product of long-standing grudges. More than five hundred years have passed and still there was great animosity between God’s people and the Amalekites.

And because of sleeplessness the tables have been turned.

This is God at work – He is at work for us as he was at work then for His people.

* Father God,

Thank You for taking care of us, often in ways we don’t even see or understand.

Thank You for Your grace – Giving to us blessing that we do not deserve.

Thank You for Your mercy – Not giving to us the curse that we absolutely do deserve.

Please fix our eyes on You today Lord God. Please show us what You would have us know from Your word.

Amen.

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