July 28

Esther 6-10, Psalm 54

Voltaire lived from 1694-1778 and was a philosopher and a French Enlightenment writer. Among his many anti-Christian remarks was that the Bible would soon become a forgotten book. Approximately 50 years after his death his house became the headquarters for the Bible Society who used it to publish and distribute Bibles. We live in a society where evil seems to be in charge and those doing wrong seem to prosper. Time and time again throughout Scripture we read that God will right the course in His time and in His way. Joseph in Genesis 50:20 said to his brothers, "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive." We read the amazing promise of God through Isaiah in Isaiah 54:17, "No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me," Says the Lord."

We read in Esther 5:14 that Haman so despised Mordecai that he built a gallows high enough so that the entire city could see his enemy hanging from the noose. We read in chapter 6 that Haman in devising a plan to glorify himself unknowingly was forced into a position to lead a procession in honor of his enemy, Mordecai. When the full weight and intent of Haman's evil plot was revealed to the king in chapter 7, we read in verse 9-10, "Then the king said, "Hang him on it!" So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king's wrath subsided." In addition as was the case for Votaire we read in Esther 8:1-2, that the house of Haman was given to Queen Esther, who then appointed Mordecai over the house.

We live in evil times when the forces of evil seem to be moving forward without restraint. The Bible is so important in that we realize this has been the case throughout history, but God and those who stand on the side of God will always win, whether on this side of eternity or the other. Chuck Smith, in his commentary concerning Esther 7:9, when Haman's fate became apparent said, "You're a child of God. The Lord watches over you, and though there may be evil devices that are planned against you, God will reverse it. The most classic example is when Satan conspired to put Jesus upon the cross-but look at the blessings God has brought out of the cross-our salvation and our redemption. What Satan intended for evil, God made it for good, just like the story here of Haman and Mordecai." We know that Scripture says, "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." (Galatians 6:7). Many people are scared of the book of Revelation, but it's title means an unveiling or disclosure. In it it is revealed that times will get very bad, but those of us in Christ have nothing to fear, for in the end God wins, and those of us who have placed our trust in Him, likewise also win.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Marj Lancaster