December 31, Reading 1 – Esther 9, 10

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SAA Notes

The Jews celebrate with a feast. They still celebrate this feast in the 21st Century. This book is a memorial to the Lord. He didn’t just work right back at the beginning with Moses. He is there TODAY!

SJA Notes

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

Haman’s plot is revealed by Esther to the king. Haman is hanged. And the Jews are given the decree that allows them to fight back against their enemies.

And it’s this verse that captures just what this meant, “And many from the peoples of the country declared themselves Jews, for fear of the Jews had fallen on them.”

God’s promise to Abraham is here, all nations of the earth being blessed!

And more, as we think of us as God’s people we can look forward to the beautiful city in Revelation 20, Holy Jerusalem. Radiant like a most rare jewel. Streets of gold.

The THRILL of hope that we have! Hallelujah, come Lord Jesus, come.

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

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

Haman’s plot is revealed by Esther to the king. Haman is hanged. And the Jews are given the decree that allows them to fight back against their enemies.

And it’s this verse that captures just what this meant, “And many from the peoples of the country declared themselves Jews, for fear of the Jews had fallen on them.”

God’s promise to Abraham is here, all nations of the earth being blessed!

And more, as we think of us as God’s people we can look forward to the beautiful city in Revelation 20, Holy Jerusalem. Radiant like a most rare jewel. Streets of gold.

The THRILL of hope that we have! Hallelujah, come Lord Jesus, come.

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

Here comes the reversal of political fame and fortune based on the king not being able to sleep! See the Lord’s hand at work here!

King Ahasuerus discovered (he’d forgotten at the time) that Mordecai had never been honored for revealing the plot of the two guards to kill the king.

And so he was honored. By his hated enemy, Haman the Agagite.

We were talking last night about this and Stuart Snr cracked it wide open.

Agag was the Amalekite king that Saul the king (from Benjamin, same as Mordecai) was commanded to kill along with all his people and herds and things etc. Saul didn’t (he kept Agag alive and the best things and so Samuel hacked the king up).

But the point here is that both of these men were the product of long-standing grudges! 500+ years and there was still animosity (great) between Gods people and the Amalekites.

And it’s because of sleeplessness that the tables are turned. Comprehensively.

How great is our God! Praise His Name!