Summary: Blenders are designed to take independent foods and integrate them to create something new, bigger and better than any one item could be on its own. What a housewife does in a kitchen when she mixes the batter for a cake, God does with the Universe.
Blenders are designed to take independent foods and integrate them to create something new, bigger and better than any one item could be on its own. What a housewife does in a kitchen when she mixes the batter for a cake, God does with the Universe. (BRING A BLENDER, show an tell...) God is the consummate blender. His ability to take unrelated things and come up with something bigger, better and more beautiful than what He started with- it’s amazing… No story in the Bible illustrates God’s ability to do that like the book of Esther
Esther is the only book of the Bible where God’s Name is not found. When you stop reading the last verse of Esther and put the Bible on your desk, you realize it. Also you will not see people sacrificing to God. You’ll not have in it any reference to the Law of God or other parts of God’s Word. But while the Name of God is not present in the b of E, His fingerprints are everywhere. There is a word for this, in theology - the word is PROVIDENCE.
"Providence is the hand of God in the glove of history" (Tony Evans- Urban Alternative Ministry). It is the work of God whereby He integrates, blends events in the Universe, in order to fulfill His original plan for which He has created. It is God sitting behind the steering wheel of time.
Providence refers to God’s governess of all events so as to direct them toward an end. It is God taking what you and I will call luck, chance, mistakes, happenstance and stitching them into achieving His program.
One of the reality of the Providence is – often God providential dealings are done behind the scene. Behind the courtain.You actually don’t see God – you just see stuff happening. Sometimes it’s happening and it doesn’t look like it ought to be happening - it looks like it was a mistake, it looks like chaos and out of order… When it’s realy invisible hands pulling strings to bring up His prophetical plans.
During one Bible study I was asked about this paradox – the absence of God’s Name in the b of E. God’s people were living outside of God’s will. God had told them to go back to Israel from Babylon, but many of them did not go back – they stayed. They had become comfortable in what is now Persia, that took over Babylon.
They felt there at home, but out of the will of God. Yes, you can be at home and out the will of God, like Jonah, asleep… You can be so comfortable being out of the will of God that .. is too much trouble to get back in it…
This is the background of E – God’s people living outside of God’s will – and it’s here in the middle of our Bibles, in order to teach us something through the life of a diva. Through the life of a young lady who is described in Esther 2:7 READ…
It was one think about Esther (named STAR)… she was beautiful, prettier than a Hollywood star. She didn’t need doctored photos. Photoshop... She didn’t ask to be filmed from a certain angle only. She was just beautiful.
The story of 2nd chapter is another strange smoothie in God’s blender – the way she was pulled from the modest home of Mordecai, her adoptive father, to the royal palace… Esther, the Star, becoming the star of Persia… The Esther show. Let’s take a closer look on how God used what He had, blending them in a reverse of fortune as only Him can do. Fruits and nuts (mostly) and leaves… The partying King Ahasuerush, the virtuous queen Vashti, the royal advisers who pushed for an impeachment, a poor orphan girl, a low rank officer from the palace… Mixing them in His blender called PROVIDENCE…
Do you remember the wise man worrying about what their wives may do, when they’ll hear that queen Vashti refused to dance before a gathering with drunk people? Said oh no, no-no-no, I am not going to degrade myself and also to degrade my husband…
And the man said – King, if your wife can say no to you, and get away with, then the word will spread out that the king’s wife is in control, and see, we will have a problem with ours. If the king cannot control his house, well… it will be a bad situation for the rest of us, men.
After hearing that, the king decides to get rid of his wife. The pressure of his position, the influence of his counselors. And not counting that he was the king and could do anything he wanted… He got rid of her. And then he got sober.