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June 23, 2021 12:00 am

Family Feud, Part 2

Wisdom for the Heart / Dr. Stephen Davey

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June 23, 2021 12:00 am

Have you ever been afraid to tell someone you were a Christian? Has the fear of losing that friend or that job or that credibility ever outweighed your desire to identify with Christ? In this message we’ll watch as Mordecai is faced with a similar crisis of faith. How will he respond? Join pastor and author Stephen Davey now to find out.


Just table 6. Mankind moves around my merger there will but there will does ultimately his will is not doing the pieces around chapter 3 is preparing his people to remember that even in Persia, not just in Jerusalem, there city but in Persia is not just any here but there ever been afraid to tell someone you're a Christian, is the fear of losing that friend that job with the credibility ever outweigh your desire to identify with Christ today on wisdom for the heart will watch as Mordechai is faced with a similar crisis of faith, how will he respond more practically, how will you respond. I'm glad you joined us today. Stephen Davey is working through the book of Esther last time he began a message called family feud were going to do a little bit of review and then conclude this practical message. Let's get started. She has been on the inside for years you get the staff's prestige that the literature you get a direct phone line to the king and I want to tell you.

He's also been inside the kingdom of Persia to know there's gotta be a greater kingdom in the kingdom of Persia. What a*was one's you got an emotional adolescent sitting on the front prime minister.

The polishing is reflection you are seething with anger drawing women whose lives are being destroyed beside the kingdom of Persia, has lived with the king long enough to also come to grips with the fact that it was he seen the king gather another bevy of virgin she's lived with them long enough to know that she'll never have what she wanted. Mordechai then for the first time in his book reveals the secret to that's a loaded statement in that statement he reveals to his people are.

He reveals what his heritage was, he reveals his God in reference to only and he also reveals to his world. Even though I there's another effect of a more explicit reason given.

I believe with the use of these Hebrew verbs. Mordechai surrenders basically the truth of the reference anybody got that kind of frustration is to break the law of God, and no one gave a wonderful book on Esther. At this point says I am ready to throw my hat in the air and say hooray or Mordechai. He's taking a stand for God tells them here's why I preface the kind of courage.

For those of us in Christ need for you got into your world and you say I am a Christian staff leak it to hang in Haman then begins to look and noticed it before but I want to either bow down or paid option payment was for the range. He's angry over what the office big deal so much because he disdained Kyle on this for they had told him who the people of Mordechai were this is it this is bad blood.

This is my supposed forefather my executed forefather my loss so payments on the verse tells us to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordechai who were throughout the whole kingdom of hazardous aspartame is concerned, this is perfect to use as this is a gift from his God. This is in his lap, this is perfect I can use Mordechai's disobedience as an excuse to set all this family feud once and for all. And because of that he doesn't want just the line you have an easy he wants to set it up so to begin an extermination of this people. This is this is an earlier holocaust in the making.

This is this is a more ancient Hitler. He wants to eradicate every single Jew living to which by the way, will include Jerusalem, is why Ezra is probably so thrilled to be the one chosen by the Spirit of God to give us this account for seven in the first month, which is the month nice and the 12 year king hazardous poor. That is, the lot was cast before Haman I think about day-to-day or about every day and about every month until the 12 month which is if you skip down to verse 13 were told that the lot will indicate the most propitious day for exterminating was the 13th day of the 12th month. Here's what's happening.

Ironically, by the way, Haman is the only person so far to seek the advice of his God. So what is done is ease call all the doctors into his home to cast lots. The poor literally the dice, the word poor is an Akkadian loan word can be rendered stone. These are shaped like modern day dice a little larger marked all six sides.

They were made of baked clay and their he's having these these spiritist these animists. I cast the dice under the auspices of seeking the will of their God's to find the lucky day on which to attempt to kill all the Jews and it just so happens the work of the whole calendar. They were there. The entire town.

Not that they know so that those are good numbers is all there you go. That's it.

The day was the 13th day of add-on noticed a significant because that's the day before celebration to the Jews. It's an incredibly significant happens to be the day before they celebrate their rescue from certain death in Egypt. By the grace of God, who keeps us from now. There's no mention of Passover.

Many of the Jews living that the Persian Empire probably didn't celebrated.

This is God's way of bringing the conscience of his people back to life, returning their hearts back to him. God is undoubtedly reminding the Jews of their history, which they had for the most part forgot to remember it now.

You can't miss it. And even though the hand of God is invisible. The grace of God here is unmistakable. This is a clear working of a gracious covenant keeping God's from Kaiser so that together in a death warrant signed the law sort of overview look here at the clever approach of Haman for the kingdom. Verse eight and Haman said king, hazardous. There's a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples and all the provinces of your kingdom. Their laws are different from those of all other people and they do not observe the king's laws are treasonous so it is not in the king's interest to let them remain nice way of saying good rethinking the put all of that guy knows what buttons to push in this King's life. The king has in his painfully recent memory, the rebellion of his favorite wife and her ministering believe her execution he has in his painfully recent memory, the defeat of his Navy by the Greeks in the humiliation of his army.

Also, by the Greek. He now has an even more recent history and assassination attempt on his life by two of his most trusted. I trusted those guys. People in other words, the smell of rebellion.

Okay, needs to be stamped out.

You never know what might happen if you let it go. We had to take care of this King's attention and Haman sweetens the pot I'll pay 10,000 talents of silver in the king's treasury. If you let me do is nearly 400 tons of silver. That's a lot of money where you can get the kind of money from the Jews that he disposes. Just as the Jews during World War II were stripped of their bank accounts and the businesses and their possessions in the third Reich became incredibly well. More about the third recommended the first the king said effectively you're speaking my language or is my ring verse 10.

I don't your silver or your people or the people.

Scholars believe this is nothing more than Middle Eastern pastor. I really need this, but you get back later on chapter 4 we know that it will be expected by the king for Haman to pay up first 13 letters were sent by courier to all the king's provinces to destroy, to kill when I say the same thing. These are all pylons and that there is no call in our American system of jurisprudence of any can serve two life sentences I needed or 10 licenses more. There are nonetheless a little. What this is, in many scholars believe this is an actual quote from the unit there will be no loopholes. They will be killed if you're not certain what that means destroying annihilated Jews both make sure you understand that text says both young and all women and children in one day, the 13th day, the 12 month which is the month they are and to see their possessions as plunder.

Now this edict is is describing immediately was going to happen nearly a year later what that means is the entire kingdom of Persia has an opportunity to get ready for this day of slaughter and Haman's thinking to himself. Jews escaped Egypt, they will not escape Persia. You can only imagine the kingdom of darkness ringing the light. Haman says listen they don't belong to the kingdom for different one of us choose a day to get rid of reminds me of an evening, just 73 years ago just 73 years called Crystal night, so named because of the uprising in the spontaneous violence against the Jews throughout Germany and Austria and had been billed.

It was so named the Crystal night because the shattering of the glass Jewish business and home. The looting took place.

For years I had or to the Jews have been marginalized in the Western world. There different from us and that eventually leads to their threat to us and by the way this kingdom. So my stuff they got that's how exactly what will be happening here for a year now.

The Jewish people in Persia are going to be marginalized to be treated with suspicion. Friendships are going to end quietly quickly Jewish businesses will dry out, the people will be avoided. Suspicion in the patent and destroy they have nowhere to run nowhere to hide in the entire kingdom there from loss came in. That's a threat. Himmler himself echoed the words of Hitler when speaking of the Jews 75 years ago and I quote, they do not belong to the same species are different. In fact, he would not say they are as far removed from us as a desire from human, so Hitler's troops would chant as they marched along these unthinkable lyrics translated into English, which read sharpened the long knives on the pavement stone sink. The knives in the Jewish flesh and bone. Let the blood flow freely with his hatred come from that kind of violence originate.

I'll tell you where it does not originate in the heart of the king of Persia. It does not originate in the heart of Prime Minister. It originates in the hearts of the king of darkness. That's where Satan is the ultimate Jew hater. In fact, this is a last gasp. You know of defiance is going to take place at the end of the book we study Revelation for a few months then we get to chapter 20 and you find out that is one final assault upon the people of God. Why because if Satan can destroy the nation, he will destroy the promises of God, making them null and void and of God cannot keep his promise. He can be.

He cannot possibly be so history of humanity. Satan attempted to wipe out that you first reason is obviously from the Jew become the Redeemer line of the tribe of Judah and Satan failed and that and then the people he got his promise will be reconstituted as a nation again in the land serving the king the descendent of David and so he is bent on destroying the possibility of that from ever taking place.

20 pages of history are sustained with the blood of the Jewish people. That's why there have been so many Haman throughout time there there to see their goaded along by Satan into mounting an offensive which is ultimately an offensive against God back to more recent history. Many do not understand her jewelry this in your secular history book connect the work of Hitler was devotion.

Satan Satanism occultism which he was deeply involved hated Jesus Christ. He hated her to call Protestants dogs thousands of Protestant percent of the concentration. One particular book that I read from cover to cover polluters. One of the cold.

Hitler's cross gives a lot of insight from from main scripts and letters and documents in the hopper library in Vienna. There was a spear believed to be spirit appears Zyprexa course is to simply superstition and animism. But behind Hanneman's animism is is Satan who will use whatever vehicle he can to influence what people so one day out. Hitler was 21 at the time. I believe his standing in that library and here's a tour guide tell people looking at that spear, what it was and then saying this I quote this spirit is shrouded in mystery. Whoever unlocks its secrets will rule the world.

Later Hitler will say those words changed my life. So he goes over the library nearly every day standing over the spirit.

He makes a valid policy.

He would come and stare at that spear for hours, inviting his hidden powers and reading to invade his soul. He believed that this ancient weapon was a bridge between the world of sense in the world of spirit, Walter Stein, who befriended Hitler in his early years his 20s said that Hitler would stand before that spirit, and I quote like a man in a trance, a man, over whom some dreadful spell had been cast. The very space around him seemed in the lightning with some kind of ghostly light. He appeared transformed as if some mighty spirit now inhabit his very soul creating within a rather medieval transformation anything about what else could account for the mesmerizing sway of this man over the masses and terror that world leaders felt very first time they met. I believe nothing less than satanic power. This was, I believe Satan's choice.

This was only his latest in his search for the enterprise segment of the future and he failed again. I found it interesting that when Hitler eventually invaded Austria marched victoriously into the end of the first thing he did was he went into that library that spear and held it in his hands and said, quote I am now holding the whole world in my hands.

This is an old family feud and he too would hear the whisper of divine providence as he failed to be the final say to be looking for. He would hear along with Haman who will hear a few chapters whisper divine sovereignty whisper check mate got a chess piece like he owns a chess board. He owns the table upon which the chessboard sits he owns the land upon which the chessboard stands.

He owns everything, every mankind moves around. By virtue there will but there will does ultimately his will, accomplishing his purposes doing the pieces around those with you and Esther chapter 3, he is preparing his people to remember that even in Persia, not just in Jerusalem over there and broken at all city but in Persia he is not just in here does he have his way but out there with God doing is bringing the Jewish people to the theme of the book and find hope in the government in identifying any help from their friends to find any help from there relatives find security in her bank account they can hide at home, they can't hide it work, humanly speaking, there is nothing they can do. There is nowhere for them to run which is exactly where God wants them. Maybe that's what he's doing in your life to this is where you may review one more testimony that came out of more recent history. The attempt of Satan to destroy the Jew.

My quote in June 1937 Dr. Nemo or Preece's last sermon during the days of the right read Bonhoeffer's biography, as I am right now you Nemo are compromised earlier.

Later on, to stand with great courage and can imagine preaching this in Germany at the height of Hitler's power and I quote from his sermon, we have no more thought of using our own powers to escape the authorities and the apostles of old.

No more. Are we ready to keep silent at man's request. When God commands us to speak, for it is and must remain the case. We must obey God rather than man with current within a few days of that final sermon he was arrested and imprisoned. His trial began on February 7, 1938 during the previous seven months after his arrest.

The admin's he'd been sent into solitary confinement heard from no wonder about his family and his church. The indictments against him, comprised 14, pages was considered treasonous. He'd spoken against the right which is a nice way of saying he was speaking things that were not politically correct in this warhead to he'd violated the law and this was his charge, quote abuse, all pulpit abusable now. He would later tell the story of green uniform soldier came and escorted him from the seven months of solitary confinement to the courtroom and alone with soldier escort. He walked filled with dread. Nemo are new to the outcome of the proceedings is a foregone conclusion he heard from no one. No friend church member and at that moment he had one of the most amazing experiences of his life. His military escort had so far not utter one word but walk with regular military footsteps is facing passive, but as they passed through an underground tunnel and were about to walk up the last flight of stairs, Nemo, or heard a voice repeating a set of words so quietly was difficult to know where it's coming from because the echo then he realized it was his escort softly repeating the name of the Lord is a strong tower the righteous runs into the name of the Lord is a strong tower the righteous runs into safe kit mention. Nemo is climbing the steps by now gave no sign that he heard a word, but his fear was gone and in its place was called trust in God's he was condemned sent to a concentration camp where he languished for seven years at the end of the war. He was liberated along with everyone else and lived to tell the story. Ladies and gentlemen do know what an invisible God is doing centuries earlier setting the stage for his people to rediscover that he alone is their strong when everything else is unjust when no one else cares.

He does when everyone else gives up he will when no one seems to notice. He does even when God seems distant. He is present even when God seems removed. He remains some know God is doing and Esther chapter 3 is moving the chess pieces of history so that his people will once again discover that he alone is their same practical and helpful reminder for us today. Your listening to wisdom for the heart. The Bible teaching ministry of Stephen Davey, we've posted this and all of Stephen's teaching to our website wisdom I also want to mention a resource we have, to help you go deeper into your study of the book of Esther Stevens written a book simply called Esther. We only have a limited supply right now.

We hope to receive a shipment later this year. But while supplies last. Were offering Stephen's book. Esther at half-price again.

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Thank you and may God continue to bless your ministry as you bless us with thanks, Daisy and Sherry from Florida said thank you for the hope you bring as you share your teaching by radio. Thank you Sherry. Be sure and thank your local Christian radio station for broadcasting wisdom for the heart and one more. Michael and Megan wrote to say we listen to you on the radio and through the wisdom map and have been greatly blessed by your sermons the way you will explore the dimensions and emotional subtleties in the lives of the biblical characters is truly unique and opens up new avenues to apply the scripture, thanks so much for your kind comments. You can send Stephen a card or letter in the mail.

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