Evangelical believers today do not agree on the interpretation of certain passages of scripture that talks about living in the “last days,” the days just before Crist’s return. Some are convinced that if you just look at what’s happening in the world today there can be no doubt that the chaos and decline going on around us right now obviously indicates that Christ’s return is imminent. Others are quick to point out that when the Bible was being written, conditions under the Roman Government were much worse than they are today.
Regardless of your theological position in this area, it does not change the fact that the Bible makes it very clear that “the Day of the Lord WILL come,” (2 Peter 3:10) and that “Day” is much closer now that it was two thousand years ago.
Mordecai has been trying to get Esther to understand that the DAY is coming soon. There was a definite date set for the destruction of the Jewish people and Mordecai knew exactly what day that was. He was pleading for Esther’s help to stop it. The Holy Spirit is pleading with pastors, preachers and teachers today to present God’s Word of truth that will help believers prepare for the day that is coming soon, like a thief in the night. (2 Peter 3:10)
ALSO, we’re not really going to fully understand the fifth chapter of Esther until we address what has got to be the most over-used and least understood phrase in our churches and in our society today. “That’s Awesome!”
Psalm 89:7 [NLT] “The highest angelic powers stand in “awe” of God. He is far more awesome than all who surround His throne.”
We say it. We sing it. We may even understand it a little. But very few, if any, of us have ever actually experienced any real sense of awe in our lives. Most of us have no idea what it feels like to “stand in awe of God.”
The Biblical word “awe” means “respect and wonder. It means “a holy fear of God because of His great power.”
When Jesus drove an evil spirit out of a little boy, “Awe gripped the people as they saw this majestic display of God’s power.”” (Luke 9:43 [NLT]
When was the last time you were “gripped by awe”? Have you ever seen a “majestic display of God’s power?” Do you have “a holy fear of God because of His great power?”
Awe is the full realization of who God is and all that God is. Has there ever been a time in your life when you fully realized who God is and all that God is?
“He said to the paralyzed man, ‘I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’ Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, ‘We have seen remarkable things today.’” (Luke 5: 24-26)
”Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the Lord your God and have no awe of me.” (Jeremiah 2:19)
Sin, especially pride and unbelief, will keep us from experiencing awe in the presence of God. Sin causes us to lose our “awe” of God.
“Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshipping Him with holy fear and awe.” (Heb. 12:28 [NLT])
When we left off last week, Esther was preparing to go to King Xerxes and plead with him to spare her life and the lives of all the Jewish people who were scheduled to be killed on one single day.
Esther 4:11 “All the king’s officials and the people of the royal provinces know that for any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned the king has but one law: that he be put to death.”
Esther clearly “stood in awe” of King Xerxes. She had a holy fear of King Xerxes. Esther was fully aware of who Xerxes was and all Xerxes was. She was gripped by awe because of Xerxes’ mighty power. When Esther finally gets over her fear of approaching Xerxes, she realizes that she just can’t go in there and start talking. She has to find a way that is pleasing and acceptable to him or she’ll be dead before she even gets a chance to speak.
Next Tuesday, Lord willing, Esther is going to show us how to approach a king; how we approach Jesus, our King; how to please God by worshipping Him with holy fear and awe. I hope you will be back to see it. Thanks for being in God’s Word with Pastor Buj.