ESTHER #20

11/30/21

Esther 7: 7-8a   “The king got up in a rage, left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life. Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining.” 

The King comes back and finds Haman on the couch with Esther.  If the devil finds out he can’t frighten us, he’ll try to seduce us.  He’ll climb up on the couch and try to recline with us.  He’ll try to lure us away from our mission of going out into the world to preach the gospel.

He’ll try to get us to stop preaching about the blood or about the need for repentance of sin.  Stop saying that Jesus is alive and that He’s the only way to God.  Stop giving altar calls at the end of worship. Stop asking people to invite Jesus into their hearts.  Preach things that aren’t offensive; things that aren’t relevant. When our King returns, when Jesus returns, He’d better not find us reclining on the couch with the devil.  

Esther 7:8b    “The king exclaimed, ‘Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?’”

Haman is accused of molesting the Queen by the word of the King.  It all happened suddenly.  Haman never saw it coming.  He didn’t get a chance to prepare for it.   He was never given permission to speak.  Haman never got the chance to say; “That’s not right.  I can explain.  That’s not what I was doing.  I haven’t done anything wrong.”   

Esther 7:8c    “As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.”  

Either Haman hadn’t learned it or he forgot it or he chose to ignore the third rule of Kingship. 

3. The King always gets the last word.  It is what the King says it is.  If the King says I was molesting the Queen, I was molesting the Queen.  I am what the King says I am. The King alone determines what the truth is. 

Esther 7: 9-10  “Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, ‘A gallows seventy-five feet high stands by Haman’s house. He had it made for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.’ The king said, ‘Hang him on it!’ So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.”  

It didn’t end pretty for Haman.  “They hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai.”   It doesn’t end pretty for Satan either.  

“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning Sulphur where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”  (Rev. 20:10)

In the end, Satan is going to suffer a fate much worse than what he had planned for Jesus.  It doesn’t end pretty without Jesus.  It doesn’t end pretty for those who have rejected Jesus; for those who tried to find a better way; for those who chose reason or intellect over faith; for those who put their faith in another god. 

Those who have rejected God’s grace and hardened their hearts to the Holy Spirit’s invitation will have to stand in judgment for their sin.  So many people are going to be just as shocked as Haman must have been when they find out that there are no “Miranda Rights” in God’s courtroom.  Anyone who stands in judgment for their sin will be horrified to discover that in Xerxes’ and in God’s Courtroom:

(1) you must remain silent. 

(2) What you’ve said and done is already being held and used against you in this court of law. 

(3) You no longer have the right to an attorney.  You did have the right to choose an advocate with the Father to speak up in your defense, but you said you didn’t need one.  

It doesn’t end pretty for those ignore the rules of Kingship; for those who believe it’s all ridiculous; for those who, like Haman, don’t really believe it applies to them; for those who think Jesus will make an exception in their case. 

It is what the King says it is.  Without Jesus, I don’t get a chance to explain.  I don’t get a chance to defend myself.   The King always speaks first.  He always has the first word.   I am what the King says I am.  If He says I’m a sinner, I’m a sinner.  It doesn’t matter what I think or what I believe.  He’s not the least bit interested in what I have to say. 

I don’t get a chance to explain.  He’s not the one who doesn’t get it; the one who doesn’t understand.  If the King says I’m a duck, I’d better start quacking and waddling because a duck is what I am.  The King alone determines what the truth is.  The King always has the last word.  The King is never wrong.   It doesn’t end pretty without Jesus. 

But look how pretty it ends for those who know Jesus; for those who are trusting completely in Jesus alone for the forgiveness of their sins; for those who have accepted His free gift of everlasting life and asked Him to come into their hearts as their Savior.   

 “Children, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep (i.e. die) or grieve like the rest who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep (died) in Him. According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left to the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the arch-angel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore, encourage each other with these words.”    

(1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18)

Now, that’s pretty!  That’s more than pretty.  It’s indescribably beautiful.  It’s unimaginably spectacular.  Those who know Jesus Christ as their Savior will be with the Lord forever.  It doesn’t get any prettier than that.

Meet me here next Tuesday when, Lord willing, will be back in God’s word with Pastor Buj.  

Published by pastorbuj

I have over forty-five years of pastoral experience serving churches in Rhode Island, New York State and California. After retirement, I wrote and published a book titled, "Why Did He Bother? A Pastor's Account of God's Abundant Mercy, Love, and Grace." It is available as a paperback, e-book and audible from Amazon.com. My newest venture is a Bible teaching blog site called "pastorbuj.wordpress.com"

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