For Such A Time

 

For God
so loved the world

He gave His
only Son

for such
a time as this

let’s humble ourselves
and come.

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You establish times of deliverance.

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“Esther told Hathach to go back and relay this message to Mordecai: ‘All the king’s officials and even the people in the provinces know that anyone who appears before the king in his inner court without being invited is doomed to die unless the king holds out his gold scepter. And the king has not called for me to come to him for thirty days.’ So Hathach gave Esther’s message to Mordecai.”

“Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: ‘Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for such a time as this?’ “

“Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: ‘Go and gather all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.’ So Mordecai went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.”

Esther 4:10-17

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Image from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp , page 175.

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Finding Favor

“Now Esther had not yet revealed her kindred and her people just as Mordecai had charged her, for Esther obeyed the command of Mordecai as when she was brought up by him.”  Esther 2:20

Esther still obeyed Mordecai after she had found favor in the sight of all who saw her . . .after the king loved her and made her queen instead of Vashti.

Lord, we desire to please You and find favor by being obedient to You always.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Trusting To Obey

Source – wordofmouthministries.blogspot.com

Obedience
becomes a matter

of us
trusting Him

enough to
obey others

knowing He is
over them.

Inside Israel – Esther Fast / Purim 2011

Hi and welcome to Inside Israel! J of Jerusalem is back with us today after having pneumonia. So thankful she is doing better and has blessed us with a letter and look at Purim this year. Now, here’s J . . .

Tonight begins the ‘fast of Esther’ (ta’onit Esther’) which precedes Purim (Sat night through Sun night for the entire country, and Sun night through Mon night for Jerusalem – the ‘walled’ city).

Esther is a book that the founding fathers of the Church chose to include in the full Bible, and well so. It is so rich in understanding of the ongoing battle between good and evil and how that battle is fought by godly people; it is an important book for anyone who takes the Kingdom of God seriously, so it is beloved by the body.

For the Jews, it is a history book as well…and more, as the same battle continues today; therefore the book – and the season – is taken very seriously by those who are God fearing.

Twice this week, the same thing, the same words, was reported in the media: “Now the world will SURELY see and understand what Israel is up against!”; such a naive, hopeful cry! The first time was with the slaying of the parents and children in Samaria. The second was yesterday when Israel intercepted the ship Victoria, laden with weapons destined for Gaza via Egypt. The ship (in case you didn’t hear) originated in Syria and re-docked in Turkey. (so THAT is what was on the ‘benign’ Iranian ship that crossed through the Suez Canal last month on a ‘peace mission’ to Syria! Huh! Who would have guessed…!) Our navy intercepted it 200 miles out from our coast. In the first incident, Israeli response is always to build new homes where terrorist murders took place. 400 new housing unit tendors were given for Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria (where they have, in fact, been frozen, for nearly 2 years). The condemnation and consternation was quick in coming (against the 400 new apartments, that is!). The first international response I heard last night, concerning the intercepted ship was that we were ‘again’ engaging in ‘piracy’.

And so we approach the fast that is to remind us of Esther standing in the gap for the nation, while it was yet in exile. I think of her preparations, and then her approaching the king…and him holding out his scepter to her. She was prepared!

This morning I was reading John 11 with the account of Mary and Martha’s interaction with Jesus when He raised Lazarus. I read (11:35,36)“Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said ‘Take away the stone.’” Along side of that verse I had written at some point “Ezek 36:26”. Since I was reading, lifting up the scriptures to Him… I turned there to see where He had lead me sometime past and I read “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”

Jesus said…”Take away the stone…!” I began to pray for the taking away of the stones…first in my own heart…and then in the hearts of the people and the land. I remembered Campbell McAlpine, a great teacher, a true man of God, teaching that all sin is hidden in a deep pit, a cave, in the dark…and we fear ‘taking away the stone’, for ‘Lord! It stinketh!’ and surely it does! But when the Light of Life shines in and floods the darkness, the miracle is worked and the stink is GONE and new life comes forth, resurrected life, sometimes ‘wrapped in grave clothes’ for those around to remove, but LIFE none the less.

I was so encouraged, being exhausted from ongoing battles, to look back at the moment where He came to MY grave and split heaven and earth to roll away the stone… to call me forth… to breath new Life into me… and I remember that HE HASN’T STOPPED OR QUIT! With THAT knowledge I can walk on.

I leave now for our daughter’s house (it is my day off). She is NOT doing well after this newest Baby and I do ask for prayer. Our new Grandson cries if he is put down and so she has been sitting and holding him all day. Being in a new area, she has had no ‘adult fellowship’ and they have not gotten into a new fellowship yet, so I am going to take care of the children today and give her a day ‘out’.

You probably remember that Purim is a day (2 days) in Israel where people dress up in costume. In the past I have described all of the traditions and practices that take place here (I can send that to any of you who ask). I, myself, have never cared for costumes, but in the past children mostly dressed as Queen Esther, Mordachai, or other Biblical characters. Over the years it has given way to more worldly costumes. This year there has been commentary concerning the amount of gory and ‘pop’ costumes that are popular, and that disturbs me. I am thankful that most people DO read the book of Esther at least once during Purim and I am praying that it speaks deeply to hearts.

Thank you for remembering this people and nation in your prayers, according to The Word. Thank you for remembering our family, even as the disaster in Japan and revolutions demand our hearts cry. Thank you for your faithfulness.

I will close here as I must run to get the bus. God bless you all! Lovingly, your sis

ani b’derek

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