Today’s Scrip-Bit 24 November 2010 Esther 10:3‏

Esther 10:3.    For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.
Oh Friends, like our world has officially gone mad yes! What with N. Korea stupidly shelling S. Korea, and one fool ‘s comment on the computer that he doesn’t mind World War III beginning, because he’d like to live in a time of war. Well better you than me yes buddy! I’m glad I was born after the second one ended, and I certainly hope the good Lord takes me home before number III begins, for I can assure us that it will be extremely horribly, with many of us not surviving it, and definitely not enjoying it. We seem to forget the telling admonition of the old song: ‘War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing!’ But unfortunately, like N. Korea, in many countries around the world the people are suffering terribly, some even starving, while the foolish, power hungry, war mongering leaders are living high on the hog, and military might is favoured over food for the nation. Oh what a sad tale eh! Yuh know friends, I wrote that intro without a Bit in place, but when I opened the Good Book to look for one, it opened on the last page of Esther and the first of Job, and the first words my eyes read were these, the last verse of Esther: ‘For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.’ Well if that wasn’t a God inspired moment, I don’t know what is. I obviously concluded that it was meant to be Today’s Bit, and deservedly so, since it deals with the same sort of nonsense that’s happening in our world today; intrigue, deceit and corruption in very high places that’s causing the ordinary man extraordinary suffering. Haman, the haughty fool, tried to trick the king into killing off the Jews, during their captivity in Babylon, but Esther and her uncle Mordecai, with their own intrigue, overcame Haman’s treachery. As the Good Book tells it: ‘And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains (eunuchs), said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon. So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified (his anger subsided).’ (Esth.7:9-10) Poetic justice Friends! Haman hanged on his own gallows! Or as they would say in another time: ‘Hoisted on his own petard!’ A petard was a small engine of war, formerly used to blow in doors, etc. And later on they hanged his ten sons too. Oh my people, the important thing to recognize here is the hand of God moving behind the scenes, as it so often does. What Haman and his cohorts meant for the Jew’s harm, the Lord turned into their good, with one of their own openly acknowledged as Queen, and her uncle Mordecai as Prime Minister, second in command of the land. It’s a mirror image of what the Lord did back in Egypt when Pharaoh also elevated Bruh Joseph to the second most powerful post in the country. When Bruh Joseph deciphered Pharaoh’s dreams, then told him how to solve the problem they foretold, re the seven fruitful and seven years of famine, here’s Pharaoh’s response: ‘And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath showed thee all this, there is none so discreet (as discerning) and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over (in charge of) my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.’ (Gen.41:37-40) Yes my people, when we walk steadfast and strong with the Lord, despite our many trials and tribulations, He does reward us admirably. But Friends, the most important part of our Bit is the very last part: ‘and speaking peace to all his seed.’ My brethren, from day one, right until the Father declares it’s over and Jesus returns to set up His kingdom, it’s absolutely essential that all believers and their leaders speak for peace. And not only simply speak for it, but raise a great hue and cry for it! Why? Because without peace, we can’t truly live and enjoy the many blessings of this world that our Creator has provided for our benefit. Lack of peace only brings destruction and ruin, and nobody wins. But mankind’s so stupid and short-sighted, we still cry for war. A good example of that is when Nehemiah went up from Babylon to rebuild Jerusalem. Listen to the sentiments of his enemies. ‘When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.’ (Neh.2:10) Sanballat was apparently the governor of Samaria, who caused the Israelites much grief during his term of office. But there again Friends, the Lord worked it out for the good of His people when they stood strong and obedient to His will. And that’s exactly what we believers have to do today my Friends, for if we don’t stand up against the legions of Beelzebub, who will eh? The world’s hope, our children’s children’s hope and future, lie in the hands of today’s followers of Christ! And that’s no joke Friends. Now let’s hear some words for PEACE! Psalm 29, the voice of the Lord in the storm says: ‘The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.’ (Ps.29:11) And here are some more of Bruh David’s entreaties for peace. ‘Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.’  (Ps.34:14) And in his prayer for the peace of Jerusalem, Psalm 122, he ends it thus: ‘For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good.’ (Ps.122:8-9) Oh my people, in peace is the only way to live a successful and satisfying life on this earth! So please, let’s seek and pursue it, and simultaneously get rid of the warmongers who only want to destroy. And finally some words of Jesus on the subject: ‘These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.’ (John 16:33) Now hear this gem: ‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.’ (John 14:27) Yes Friends, let’s listen to our Lord and Saviour and develop peace in our hearts and in this crazy war-like world; His kind of PEACE! Till tomorrow then, God willing, go in peace, LOVE and safety with the Lord. Much LOVE!…stand up, stand up for Jesus…the trumpet call obey…till every foe is vanquished…and Christ is Lord indeed…

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