Series: “BETWEEN THE LINES: The Inconspicuous Providence of God” by Pastor David R. Stokes
Sunday, August 19th, 2018: “D-Day”
The crucial moment in the story told in the Book of Esther is now up front and center in our study about God’s providence. Haman’s doom is just around the corner. Though he has authorized the preparation of gallows for Mordecai, by the time we reach chapter seven the tide has clearly turned.
As Esther hosts a second opulent banquet for King Xerxes and his Prime Minster, Haman. Once the meal was over Xerxes asked his queen about the nature of her petition. This is the moment of truth. She intercedes for her people and identifies herself with the Jews. She then marks “vile” Haman as the man responsible for the impending genocide.
We learn several things from this:
Above all we must CHASE GRACE (favor).
IDENTIFY with God and His People.
You will have ENEMIES—ACCEPT IT and BE VIGILANT. (See: I Cor. 16:9 NLT)
Never forget the LAW of SOWING & REAPING. (See: Galatians 6:7-9 NLT)
Our lives are filled with the need for DELIVERANCE—today is the day. Now is the time.
- How does favor with God related to favor with people?
- What does it mean to identify with the people of God?
- Why do we have enemies?
- How can we make the law of sowing & reaping work FOR us?