Summary: Esther, Pt. 6

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Somerset Maugham, the English writer, once wrote a story about a janitor at St. Peter’s Church in London. One day a young vicar discovered that the janitor was illiterate and fired him. Jobless, the man invested his meager savings in a tiny shop, where he prospered, bought another, expanded, and ended up with a chain of stores worth several hundred thousand dollars. One day the man’s banker said, “You’ve done well for an illiterate, but where would you be if you could read and write?” “Well,” replied the man, “I’d be janitor of St. Peter’s Church in Neville Square” (From Bits and Pieces, June 24, 1993, p. 23).

If you were to tell me when I was young that I would be a pastor when I grow up, I would have laughed and say, “You are crazy.” And if you were to tell me that I would be a pastor for at least 20 years in ministry, and along with that to study theology for another seven years full-time and several more years in continuing education, I would say, “You need to go to see a doctor.” If you were to tell me then that I would leave the church I love and live thousands of miles away from my birthplace, I would say, “You must be admitted to an insane asylum.” If you were to tell me I would marry a Hong Kong girl with a doctorate, I would say, “That’s it. No more joking around.”

We cannot see God’s existence but we can see His hand at work and His imprint everywhere. God’s existence is often challenged and ridiculed, but it requires more faith to see life without rhyme or reason, as a random chain of events or an accident waiting to happen. Christians sees God in the big picture and the details of life. Nothing catches Him slacking off, gives Him a heart attack and makes Him throws His hand up. In fact, He will always triumph, His way is the best way, and He saves the best for the last.

What does God think of those who oppose His words, works and ways? How is man’s pride the means to accomplish God’s purposes?

God Stalls the Proud from Their Success

6:1 That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. 2 It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. 3 “What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked. “Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered. 4 The king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about hanging Mordecai on the gallows he had erected for him. 5 His attendants answered, “Haman is standing in the court.” “Bring him in,” the king ordered. 6 When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?” Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?” (Est 6:1-5)

One day a six-year old girl was sitting in a classroom. The teacher was going to explain evolution to the children.

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