December 30, Reading 1 – Esther 7, 8

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SAA Notes

An Iranian king could not rescind a law that he had pronounced. It makes you glad you live in Australia today! Mordecai is a good bureaucrat. He knows how to word a new proclamation so that, while it does not rescind the previous proclamation, it makes it inoperable.

SJA Notes

“And many from the peoples of the country declared themselves Jews, for fear of the Jews had fallen on them.”

How the fortunes of God’s people have turned even while in exile, in a foreign land!

Mana’s plot is revealed to the king by Esther. Haman is hanged. Mordecai writes with the king’s seal a decree that allows God’s people to defend themselves against their enemies.

God’s promise to Abraham is here, people declaring themselves Jews – All nations of the earth being blessed.

As we think of God’s people today, we are able to take hold of our great hope – The beautiful city in Revelation 21, Holy Jerusalem – Where God Almighty will tabernacle in full truth with His people.

This is the thrill of hope we have – Hallelujah! Come Lord Jesus, come.

* God of Light and Truth,

Thank You for working through Esther and Mordecai to bring about salvation for Your people in a foreign land.

Lord as we walk this narrow road today, aliens and strangers in a foreign world – Please Lord rescue us!

Fix within us a clear and present hope of glory, where You will dwell with us in the new heavens and the new earth. Oh what a day that will be!

Amen.

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