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What Goes Around Comes Around (6 of 8)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: Esther
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
1. The Man God CORNERS!
A) The Specific Moment of Interruption
B) The Special Moment of Inquisition
2. The Man God CONFUSES!
A) An Opportune Demotion
B) An Overdue Promotion
3. The Man God CROWNS!
A) Humility Abounds in Mordecai
B) Horror Awaits for Haman
I recently read of a story about a man named Gary Tindle who was charged with robbery. While standing in the California courtroom of Judge Armando Rodriguez, Tindle asked permission to go to the bathroom. He was escorted upstairs, and the door was guarded while he was inside.
But Tindle, determined to escape, climbed up the plumbing, opened a panel in the ceiling, and started slithering through the crawl space, heading south. He had traveled some 30 feet when the ceiling panels broke under him, and he dropped to the floor, right back into the courtroom of Judge Armando Rodriguez.
Alfred Camus wrote:
Though the mills of God grind slowly,
Yet they grind exceeding small;
Though with patience He stands waiting,
With exactness grinds He all.
Is that not the theme of the book of Esther? The name of God is not recorded, but the hand of God is ever revealed slipping into the glove of history. Esther, a Jewish woman, is selected out of anywhere from 400-600 women, to be Vashti's replacement as the Queen of Persia. Unbeknown to her, Haman has secured permission of the king to exterminate the Jews, promises $60 million to be paid to the king's treasury, then has afternoon cocktails.
A man named Mordecai, "just so happens," to discover Haman's plan and realizes that he must somehow get word back to Esther to do what he, himself, cannot do. He sits in the "king's gate" in sackcloth and ashes, and once Esther hears of it, she sends her servant to find out what is going on.
Once the servant returns with the news from Mordecai, Esther must make the greatest decision of ...
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