Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Wesley Methodist Church Alor Setar

Written by Amelia   
Speaker   : Dr. Choy Yin Weng
Scripture : Esther 3:1-15
Date        : 18th July 2010

As a disciple what does God wants us to do in a time such as this? This applies to each one of us. 

From today's Scriptures, there are three persons we can look at; the King (represents man in the flesh), Haman (represents the devil) and Mordecai (represents God’s people and Spirit).

Let’s look at Man in the flesh; his voice and thought, lust and deception. We are always told there are so many voices trying to get our attention. But bear in mind that in the Bible we are told that the wisdom of Man is folly to God. What happened in Esther 3 is King Ahasuerus promoted Haman to be above all the princes who were with Him (3:1). The King I still got baited by the ten thousand talents of silver even though he was so rich. Man will always say that they don’t have enough. That's lust and greed at work. Haman deceived the King into destroying the Jews. That's deception at work.
Let’s look at the Devil. We know the Devil is the arch enemy of God and he works by deceit. A little history first before I go further. Haman is a descendent of Agag the Amalakite. When the Israelites left Egypt, they had to fight the Amalekites who were the enemies of the Israelites. Haman is the decendent of King Agag. In 1 Samuel God told Samuel told Samuel to kill the Amalekites. When Samuel fought the Amalekites, he spared King Agag. He did not obey God’s command. God wants obedience but Samuel disobeyed. So Haman came into the picture in the Book of Esther. Mordecai is actually a descendent of King Saul, from the line of Benjamin. This is a consequence of Samuel's disobedience. In the person of Hamam we see Israelites' enemy continue to try to destroy them. 

So here we see the two representations. When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow down to him, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews. The devil works by deceit. Haman deceived the King that it was not to his interest that he tolerates the Jews. If you look at the deceit of the devil, one example is when the devil deceived Eve into taking the forbidden fruit. He deceived Eve that it will be to her profit after she takes the forbidden fruit. The devil always works along this line; that it profits us. Yet we know the results of the deceit brings more harm.

Let’s now look at Mordecai. He represents God’s people and Spirit. The Jews were second class people. Mordecai had been carried away from Jerusalem. Mordecai was one of the officials of the palace. Even though he saved the King, he was never promoted. Instead Haman got promoted. Mordecai refused to obey Haman. We may have a second hand faith. The King did not know who Mordecai really was. The did not know that Esther and Mordecai were kindred. Very often that's how we are too. Those around us do not know we are Christians for our lives don't quite reflect out God. But bear in mind that despite all that God made us His second in command with Jesus as our commander. 

Mordecai refused to bow down or do obeisance to the King. This is the background presented in Esther 3 . In such times as ours now, there is corruption, confusion, confrontation, coercion, contradiction, cohabitation and a combination of everything. We have all this scheming going on and things happening around us which all point to all these. So what would we do and how do we respond? I cannot tell you an answer because the wisdom of man is folly unto God. So, in such a time, like the Israelites, we hear voices from the Man and we get deceived by the devil. But God also speaks to us still. The voices are all there. The question now is how do we separate God’s voice from all these other voices?

I'd like to bring us back to the Scriptures. In Joel 2:12-14 ; we are reminded to return to the Lord; that we render to God our hearts and not our possessions. We are also reminded to repent of evil.

And this leads me to 1 Chronicles 7:14 ; if we turn to God, God will listen to us. It is never too late to humble ourselves and turn to God. But we have to do it now, to return to God with all our heart, fasting, weeping and mourning. God seeks true repentance and He will grant us his grace and mercy because He is merciful and slow to anger. This is what we should do living in a time such as this. And this is also the answer to the question at the beginning of my sermon. God can give and take away. But He also wants to bless us so that we can worship Him again.

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