by Jim Perdue

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Things Aren't Always What They Seem (6 of 11)
Series: God's Perfect Work Through Imperfect People
Jim Perdue
Esther 6:1-14

We continue our sermon series through the OT book of Esther. This is our sixth message in a series we've entitled God's Perfect Work Through Imperfect People. Tonight, we continue our series by looking at chapter 6. And I want to remind you of something very important, Things Aren't Always What They Seem. READ 6:1-14 - PRAY

Things are not always as they seem. Case in point: A shipwrecked man was once washed ashore on an uninhabited island. In the days that followed, he painstakingly constructed a hut with a few things he salvaged from the wreck and from whatever he could find on the island. That little hut was the only protection he had from the harsh elements and the only place he could safeguard his possessions. Upon returning one evening from a lengthy search for food, he was terrified to find the hut engulfed in flames. The loss devastated him. He spent that night despondent, sleeping on the sand. He awoke early the next morning and, to his surprise, saw a ship anchored off the island. A crew member stepped ashore and told him, ''We saw your smoke signal and came to rescue you!'' What seemed to be destruction turned out to be deliverance. And such was the case with Mordecai. He had been shipwrecked by an anti-Semitic undercurrent on an island of injustice, and now he stood in death's shadow. Every hope that sheltered him seemed to have gone up in smoke. But then, as we will find out today, things are not always as they seem.*

The book of Esther paints a very dark picture and a bleak picture for the Jews in the Persian Empire. The king has signed their death certificate and it's only a matter of time. A high-ranking and prominent official named Haman has the Jews in his sights and will stop at nothing to see them annihilated. The people of God seem helpless to stop this insane edict. All hope seems lost. But remember, things ar ...

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