by Jim Perdue

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A God Who Saves (8 of 11)
Series: God's Perfect Work Through Imperfect People
Jim Perdue
Esther 8:1-17

We're in a series on Sunday nights through the book of Esther. In this book we have seen God's Perfect Work Through Imperfect People. This is the eighth message in our series as we come to the eighth chapter in Esther.

I know you've been itching to hear the rest of the story. You've been waiting on the edge of your seat now for the past two weeks. We've talked of wicked Haman and his hatred for the Jews. This foolish king who was swayed to sign the death warrant of 15 million people in Persia. The bravery of Esther and Mordecai in approaching the king and making known this plot. The reversal of fortune through the providential hand of God. And last time, we saw the death of Haman - hanged on his own gallows because of his evil deeds. This is indeed the work of A God Who Saves. READ 8:1-10 - PRAY

A group of believers was meeting by a river when one of their group fell into the water. It was obvious that the poor fellow couldn't swim, as he thrashed about wildly. One of the believers was a strong swimmer and was called on to jump in and save the man before he drowned. But though able to save the drowning man, he just watched until the wild struggles subsided. Then he dove in and pulled the man to safety. When the rescue was over, the rescuer explained his slowness to act. ''If I had jumped in immediately, he would have been strong enough to drown us both. Only by waiting until he was too exhausted to try to save himself, could I save him.'' It seems to be all too easy for us to be like that drowning man. Our self-efforts can actually prevent us from being saved! Unfortunately, some people must reach the point of being too exhausted to continue trying to save themselves (by dealing with their own sin) before they become willing to trust in the Savior and accept his gift of salvation.*

Haman was dead, but his murderous edict was still very much aliv ...

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