Do This In Remembrance… | March 31, 2019

Do This In Remembrance… | March 31, 2019

 

The Tables Are Turned!
Mordecai is feared! WHY?
In Susa they killed 500…
They also killed Haman’s ten sons… look at the list…

 

This Was Holy War!

“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” – Genesis 6:5

“…the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure.” – Genesis 15:16b

The Kings Joshua defeated… look at the list… | Joshua 12:9-24
Saul was supposed to wipe out all the Amalekites
But he spared King Agag (Haman was an Agagite)

 

No Plunder Taken
Three times we read that they did not take any plunder—vv. 10, 15, & 16
Why not? Didn’t Mordecai give them permission?
This is Holy War. All things are devoted to God.. | Joshua 6:17
Jericho loses, Ai wins,… for Achan’s sin | Joshua 7:11-12

 

But This Wasn’t Exactly Like Holy War
Haman’s decree reversed God’s | 1 Samuel 15:3 & Esther 3:13
Mordecai’s decree mirrored Haman’s | Esther 8:11b
With ONE critical difference… self-defense!

 

This Should Be Celebrated & Remembered
Israel had no King through which to wage Holy War… but God remained faithful to His promise
Purim is celebrated each year, one month before Passover

 

Where Was God In All of This?
Holy War is God’s vengeance over evil
By God’s mercy & grace the Cross gave us a “time-out”
Jesus’ death on the Cross requires we cease Holy War
His sending of the Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to love our enemies and forgive those who persecute us

“For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.” – 1 Corinthians 11:26

Two Decrees! | March 24, 2019

fgd| Two Decrees! | March 24, 2019

 

“The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.” Jeremiah 31:31

 

Haman is still hanging around!
My petition—my life. My request—my people!
Sold for (10,000 talents of silver)…
     Destruction, slaughter, and annihilation
     By this vile Haman!
Haman built a gallows for Mordecai
Hang Haman on it!
Then the King’s fury subsided…

 

Danger Averted!
Haman’s estate is given to Esther
Mordecai is made second in command
Esther gave Haman’s estate to Mordecai 

 

Danger Averted… Or Is It?!
A decree of the King could not be repealed! | Esther 1:19
No document of the King can be revoked! | Esther 8:8
Written to the 127 provinces and to the Jews!
Using the same language…
     Destroy, kill, and annihilate | Esther 8:11

 

And There Was Much Rejoicing in Susa!
1st Decree—Susa was bewildered, Mordecai grieved
2nd Decree—Susa celebrates, Mordecai is royalty

 

Where Was God in All of This?
Is this a little brutal? Attack the women & children? | Esther 8:11
Our first decree… | Genesis 3:13
All have sinned… and we have EARNED a death sentence.
Our second decree… | John 3:16-18
If we believe and confess we will be saved! Romans 10:9-10

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Risk, Reward, Reversal, Ruin | March 17, 2019

Risk, Reward, Reversal, Ruin | March 17, 2019

 

“He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success…” Job 5:12

 

Esther: RISKING It ALL… For ALL The Right Reasons
If I perish, I perish…
Fearing the worst, she prepares for the best
Be sincere, not manipulative!

 

Haman: REWARD!
Blessed beyond belief!
     Wealth, sons, honor from the King…
     He made me 2nd in Command!
AND…
     The Queen honored me today!
     And she will again tomorrow!!
BUT…
     That Jew!  Mordecai!
     “Hang him and be happy, Haman!”

 

Haman: REVERSAL… of Honor?
“Who would the King rather honor than me?!”
Let’s plan MY parade!
“Go at once… and do so for Mordecai, the Jew!”

 

Zeresh: RUIN… it’s coming!
Mordecai wouldn’t fall before you, but you will fall before him…
You will surely come to ruin

 

Where Was God in All of This?
The golden scepter
The King’s desire to bless the Queen
The King’s sleepless night…
Haman hanging out in the court…
Did Esther know what was going on for Haman?
Did Haman know what was going on for Esther?
Did God know what was going on for all of them?
Does God know what’s going on with you?

 

 

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    The Agagite! | March 10, 2019

    The Agagite! | March 10, 2019

     

    “… with fasting and weeping and mourning…” Joel 2:12-14

     

    The Setup (Esther 1 & 2)
    Queen Vashti out… Queen Esther in!
    Esther remains a Jew in secret
    Mordecai saves the King
              but is shown no honor for doing so…

    An Age Old Enemy
    The Agagite is made 2nd in command | Exodus 17 & 1 Samuel 15
    The King commands everyone to honor Haman
    Mordecai refuses, because he is a Jew
    Haman decides to kill all of the Jews
    His proclamation goes out on the Eve of Passover
    Israel is in exile because they were not faithful
    Will God still be faithful?

     

    Q:  Have you ever wondered if God will bless you when you’ve disobeyed1 John 1:9

     

    But Who Knows?
    Great mourning… with fasting and weeping and wailing…
    Send Esther to the King!
    The Honeymoon is over and that could get me killed!
    Will silence save you?!
    For such a time as this…
    Maybe Joel was right?

     

    Where Was God in All of This?
    Fast (and pray) for me for three days…
    …even though it is against the law | Acts 4:19
    If I perish, I perish | Matthew 16:24-27

     

    Q:  What have you risked for your faith?

    Q:  What are you willing to risk?

    Q:  Has God promised you a good result… (in this life)?

    CROSSROADS CHURCH

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    Sunday Services at 9:30AM

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