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Let the Games Begin (5 of 8)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: Esther
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
1. The ETERNAL One is WORKING!
A) The Audience she is Given
B) The Acceptance she is Granted
2. The EARTHLY One is WILLING!
A) What She Requests of Him
B) What She Receives from Him
3. The EVIL One is WARRING!
A) The Haughtiness that Consumed Him
B) The Hatred that Controlled Him
Peter Cartwright was a circuit riding Methodist preacher during the 19th century. He was to preach to a large congregation, and right before the service, he was informed that President Andrew Jackson would be in attendance. They told Peter Cartwright, "We thought you would want to know so that what you say won't be offensive to the President." Peter Cartwright said, "Thank you for telling me."
He got into the pulpit and said, "I've been told that President Andrew Jackson is in the congregation, and I've been asked to carefully guard what I am going to say. I want to begin by saying that Andrew Jackson will go to hell if he doesn't repent of his sin." You could have heard a pin drop. But, immediately after the service, President Andrew Jackson walked up to Peter Cartwright and said, "If I had a regiment of men like you, I could whip the whole world."
It was that type of boldness and bravery we see demonstrated by Esther during her finest hour. She steps onto the scene, for "such a time as this," and changes the course of her immediate history, as well as the course of ultimate history.
Remember, Haman has vowed to exterminate the Jews in just 1 day. The bounty of $60 million, in modern currency, has been established; and, the date has been set. The Jews, God's chosen people, would be put to death unless someone intervened.
Up to this point, God has been in His master workshop, behind the scenes, maneuvering every piece like a chess pawn. He works in the heart of Mordecai who, sits in the "king's gate" in sackcloth and ashes, which causes word to ...
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