by Steve Wagers

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When the Nonsense Makes No Sense (7 of 8)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: Esther
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Esther 7

1. The TIME Comes UP!
A) Sovereignly Orchestrated
B) Steadfastly Appropriated
1) Her Unwavering Courage
2) Her Unselfish Compassion
2. The TRUTH Comes OUT!
A) He is Exposed to the King
B) He is Deposed by the King

The term, "poetic justice," was introduced by the English drama critic Thomas Rymer in 1678. He coined the phrase to describe how a work should inspire proper moral behavior, in its audience, by illustrating the triumph of good over evil. He denoted "the reward of the virtuous and the punishment of the vicious …. that all characters reap the harvest of their just deserts."

The Bible teaches that ultimate poetic justice will be meted out for believers at the Judgment Seat of Christ, and for unbelievers at the Great White Throne Judgment. However, until that time, we must live with injustice and often times the silence of heaven.

Philip Yancey, in one of his finest works, "Disappointment with God," writes:

"No matter how we try to rationalize, God will sometimes seem unfair from the perspective of a person trapped in time. Only at the end of time, after we have attained God's level of viewing, after every evil has been punished, every illness healed, and the entire universe restored, only then will fairness reign. Then we will understand what role is played by evil, by the fall, and by natural law, in an 'unfair' event like the death of a child. Until then, we will not know, and can only trust in a God who does know.

We remain ignorant of many details, not because God enjoys keeping us in the dark, but because we have not the faculties to absorb so much light. At a single glance God knows what the world is about and how history will end. But we time-bound creatures have only the most primitive manner of understanding. Not until history has run its course will we understand how 'all things worked together ...

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