Text: Esther 3 – Haman plots to eliminate the Jewish people, and King Ahasuerus agrees, not realizing he is also sentencing Queen Esther to death as well.
- Israel had been divided and weakened until even the southern tribes were taken into exile to Babylon.
- Babylon was unrivaled in wealth and power.
- Mordecai and Esther were preserved and brought to positions of influence in Babylonian society.
- Haman the Agagite was named second in command and his position brings him into conflict with Mordecai.
- In his rage, Haman plotted to annihilate – not just Mordecia – but the entire Jewish nation.
- The providential timing of the plot allowed time for a response.
- Mordecai called on Esther to use her influence with the king and Haman’s plot was thwarted.
We’ve Been Here Before
Water shall flow from his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters; his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted. God brings him out of Egypt and is for him like the horns of the wild ox; he shall eat up the nations, his adversaries, and shall break their bones in pieces and pierce them through with his arrows. (Numbers 24:7-8 ESV)
Saul prevails against Agagite, but doesn’t kill him. Mordecai prevails as well, but the story points us to a future King (Jesus Christ) who will be greater than Agag and will defeat death and the devil forever.
Facing Insurmountable Opposition
- Stop the hopelessness drivel.
- Don’t compromise to avoid hardship.
- Recognize that God has placed you in your situation.
- Embrace the opportunity.
God is going to accomplish his purposes, through you or in spite of you. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of his plan!
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