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Contributed on Jul 8, 2019
We are introduced to God's cast in His sovereign plan, Mordecai and Esther. They may be unlikely candidates but God uses them to accomplish His purposes.
With the deposed of the Queen (Vashti) in chapter 1, which happened in the 3rd year of King Xerxes’ reign (1:3), the stage is set for the rise of Esther. • The Jewish girl Esther was made Queen in chapter 2, in the 7th year of the King’s reign (2:16), so some 4 years have passed between chapter 1 ...read more
Contributed on Jun 29, 2019
Looking at the splendour and power of the Persian king, the author set the stage for his readers to appreciate the work of the unseen King who rules.
Last week Michael gave us an overview of the book of Esther. Let’s recap the timeline. Cyrus (559-530) Ezra 1:1 – 1st year of his reign over Babylon, allowed Jews to return Zerubbabel led the first returnees in 538 BC Started rebuilding altar/Temple but halted until 2nd yr Darius (Ezra ...read more
Contributed on Jun 20, 2019
The people returned to the sin of intermarriages with the foreigners. Nehemiah rebuked and corrected them. We see the need to guard our faith and pass on our faith. Nehemiah left a lasting legacy.
As mentioned, the final chapter of Nehemiah did not end as most would have liked, as in fairy tales: “And the Israelites lived happily ever after.” • On his return to Jerusalem, Nehemiah was not only saddened, but for most parts, very angry at seeing his people returning to their old sinful ...read more
Contributed on Jun 1, 2019
Nehemiah returned after his absence from Jerusalem and saw the corruption of the priests and the neglect to the house of God. His passion for God's glory did not diminish with time.
It will be so good if this book ends with chapter 12 on a high and glorious note. • With the city rebuilt and the people celebrating the completion with a grand dedication service, and the sound of rejoicing and praise reaching beyond Jerusalem. • The chapter ended with the Levites and priests ...read more
Contributed on May 22, 2019
The people gathered to praise and thank God for what He has accomplished through them. God gave them great joy.
The wall is built. The gates are restored. The people returned to God’s Word and renewed their covenant with God. • The city is now repopulated. It’s time to celebrate God’s goodness and give thanks. • Nehemiah organises a dedication service for this purpose. Let’s recap all that has ...read more
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Contributed on Feb 4, 2013
THE ONLY SUNLIGHT THEY SEE Two orphaned brothers stay in a slum district of New York City. One of them is crippled and hardly leaves the room. The older brother has to take care of him and buys him food. His younger brother lamented one day that he has not seen the sunlight for a long ...read more
Contributed on Jan 14, 2013
WE STUDY THE BIBLE TO LISTEN TO HIS VOICE "We study the Bible to listen to His voice that comes from outside our experience, not to listen to our own voice that is crying from within. "His Word is not one of many. It is the only Word that has been there from all eternity because it comes ...read more
Contributed on Jan 3, 2013
WHICH BASIN? Remember there were TWO basins of water mentioned in the Bible. One, Herod used it to wash his hands -- "this has nothing to do with me". The other one, Jesus used it to wash His disciples' feet. It has nothing to do with Him too. It's the job of slaves but He did it. And He ...read more
Contributed on Dec 25, 2012
John Maxwell, a famous author and writer of many books on leadership, shared that once he was visiting his parents and needed to make a conference call. He needed a quiet place and his father let him use his office. As he sat at his desk, he noticed a card next to the phone with these words ...read more
Contributed on Nov 26, 2012
HENRY FORD: THE BANG ON THE TABLE In 1896, Henry Ford attended a company event where Thomas Edison (the great inventor) was the guest of honour. His friend introduced him to Edison as "the man trying to make a car that runs on gasoline." Edison asked young Henry Ford a host of questions and ...read more