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Esther: The Making of a Queen 7: Sunday Selah

Esther: The Making of a Queen Day 7: Sunday Selah

Scripture reading: Esther 9

Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur (that is, cast lots), to crush and to destroy them. But when it came before the king, he gave orders in writing that his evil plan that he had devised against the Jews should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows. Therefore they called these days Purim, after the term Pur. Therefore, because of all that was written in this letter, and of what they had faced in this matter, and of what had happened to them, the Jews firmly obligated themselves and their offspring and all who joined them, that without fail they would keep these two days according to what was written and at the time appointed every year, that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, in every clan, province, and city, and that these days of Purim should never fall into disuse among the Jews, nor should the commemoration of these days cease among their descendants. (Esther 9:24-28, ESV)

As we gather to worship our Lord Jesus this morning, let us think about how the deliverance God—brought about in Persia through Queen Esther—can remind us of our own divinely ordained deliverance. We too had an enemy plotting to destroy us—not just Haman, the enemy of the Jews, but Satan, the very enemy of our Lord. We too have a great Mediator, one who stands before the King of Kings to intercede on our behalf. Moreover, our Mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ, willingly offered Himself up, dying on a cross, to save us from the utter annihilation to which our sin had doomed us. We too have a great King who has determined that the destruction which sin and Satan planned for us will return upon them instead. In a coming day, sin will be defeated and Satan will be destroyed, once and for all.

With these truths in view, we too gather every week to remember the deliverance our Savior won for us. We meet to celebrate the sacrifice that He made, to celebrate the greatest royalty of Heaven stooping to intercede for the weakest among us, and to celebrate the ultimate victory He won. Like the Jews did that day, every single one of us should firmly obligate ourselves to keep this day throughout every generation that these days should never fall into disuse among us or cease among our descendants. After all, the remembrance of deliverance is the way we remain truly free. Obedience to all of Christ’s commands, and particularly the command to remember Him through worship and the Lord’s Supper, is central to the life of faith in a myriad of ways. We are never more free than we are in our service to Jesus and we are never more sentenced to destruction than we are in service to anyone or anything else. May we always rejoice in the freedom Christ has secured for us.

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