OYB August 18
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- 2009 Aug 18
I've always loved Esther. It's such a divine story with many "it just so happened" moments! As far as pictures, nothing is coming to me immediately. I do know that Haman is thought to be an antichrist type and that his lineage is believed to be from Ham (Noah's wicked son), from whom Nimrod (think Babylon) descended from. We studied this long ago and far away...
I also know that the Jewish celebration called "Purim" originated with the saving of the Jews by Esther.
3:7 So in the month of April, during the twelfth year of King Xerxes' reign, lots were cast in Haman's presence (the lots were called purim) to determine the best day and month to take action. And the day selected was March 7, nearly a year later. I never knew that the lots were called purim, or that this is how the Jewish celebration was named!
11:18-19 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and in part I believe it. For there must also be factions among you, so that those who are approved may become evident among you. The more I read the Scriptures, the more I see that God does not like divisions. But there are a lot of people out there, causing divisions in churches and even teaching a divisive gospel! Here I found it interesting that Paul focuses on the positive of this: so that those who are right will become evident! I never thought of divisiveness being good for anything, but I guess it can be. It just stinks that those who are right are often picked on and rejected by those who are wrong. Not to mention, it is always a delicate matter deciding who is wrong, because we all have so many blind spots! I guess a good way to tell if you are right or wrong is to ask, "Who is picker or the pickee?" Okay, still not totally fool proof. Perhaps you should try throwing purim to see who's right?
Now that we are all confused...To coin a quote from one of our blog followers this last week (I think she was quoting me): the more I learn, the less I know!