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Calling and Purpose
Series: For Such a Time As This
This morning we talked about favor. We talked about how when we find favor both with people and with God it often is because God is positioning us for something. There's a mission or a task that He is preparing for us to do. One of the NT writers would say,
''8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.''
But before the works comes favor. For it is by grace that you have been saved - through faith. We have been given the gift of God's chosen - his favor / his love/ his grace not because we are worthy or because we deserve it or because we happen to be extraordinary at something but purely because at the core of His character is this deep-seeded favor for all of HIS children.
THIS changes everything. We are all called to be a part of the story that God is writing here and now….we all have a role to play.
Tonight, the story of Esther get's really good. Every good story involved some sort of conflict. And tonight we get to the conflict in the story of Esther and Mordecai. So we left off at the end of Chapter 2. Esther has been chosen to be the new queen and, because this is just what King Xerxes does, he throws a party. He gives a banquet for Esther and he declares a holiday throughout the provinces on her behalf.
Now every good story also has a good guy and in the beginning of chapter three we meet him. His name is Haman and the king decides he's is going to elevate him above any of the other nobles and so he gives him a special seat of honor. The king decrees that all of the royal officials must bow down before Haman. And, since we already learned that you don't say no to the king, all of them do. Except for one, anyone know who it is? Mordecai. Mordecai refuses because his allegiance likes not with any man but with his God. This gets back to Haman, who is enraged. He also figures out that Mordecai is a Jew. So he thinks to himself, because he's really evil, just a bad egg, ''Why destroy only Mordecai when I could have his entire people annihilated?'' So he goes to the king, and this is what he says, (READ VS 8-9)
These Jews are pesky, they're weird, and furthermore they are not obedient to your laws. Well, this is enough for King Xerxes, how dare anyone disobey MY rules. So he issues a decree and dispatches are sent by couriers to all the kings provinces and the decree states ''destory, kill, and annihilate all the JEWS - young and old, women and children, on one single day -everybody dies.'' Oh yeah and once their dead, plunder their goods. No m ...
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