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Apr 2019

Esther 9:20-10:3
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This sermon on Esther 9:20-10:3 was preached by Robert Greene at the 10:30 a.m. service of Redemption Hill Church on April 14th, 2019.

God shows us in Esther 9 and 10 the importance and celebrating all that He has done in our lives especially in remembering how He has brought salvation into our lives. We hope that this will help you this week as you spend time in personal reflection, talking with family, or discussing with friends or your community.

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Esther 9:20-10:3
20 And Mordecai recorded these things and sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far, 21 obliging them to keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar and also the fifteenth day of the same, year by year, 22 as the days on which the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and gifts to the poor. 23 So the Jews accepted what they had started to do, and what Mordecai had written to them. 24 For 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. 25 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. <26 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, <27 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, 28 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. 29 Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew gave full written authority, confirming this second letter about Purim. 30 Letters were sent to all the Jews, to the 127 provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, in words of peace and truth, 31 that these days of Purim should be observed at their appointed seasons, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther obligated them, and as they had obligated themselves and their offspring, with regard to their fasts and their lamenting. 32 The command of Esther confirmed these practices of Purim, and it was recorded in writing. 1 King Ahasuerus imposed tax on the land and on the coastlands of the sea. 2 And all the acts of his power and might, and the full account of the high honor of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? 3 For Mordecai the Jew was second in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brothers, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people.

Reflect

Mordecai recorded these things (Esther 9:20).
If you don’t celebrate what God has done in your life, if you don’t make an effort to remember His work in your life then you will forget!

  • When was the last time you reflected on how God saved you? Have you ever written it down?

 
The Jews firmly obligated themselves (Esther 9:27).
God’s people obligated themselves to celebrate what had had done for them.

  • What keeps our hearts from remembering and being captured by what God has done for us?
  • Does the obligation of celebrating what God has done feel like a burden to you? Why?

 
They should make them days of feasting and gladness (Esther 9:22).
Because of Jesus everything gets better. Even when we feel far from home we can hold on to the fact that God is holding us together and is preparing us for our true home.

  • When you think about what God has done for you in Christ does that make you glad, make you want to throw a feast, make you want to celebrate? Why or why not?
  • What in your life recently has taken away that gladness from you?
  • How would your actions and words look different if you daily celebrated what God has done for you?

 

Respond

This would be a great week to consider and reflect on the particular way that God has brought salvation into your life. Take time to remember and to write down where you were before Christ and how God has been working in you since then. We’ve given you a few questions to consider as you think through God’s work in your life:

  • Your life before Christ: How did you see your need for Christ? What did your life revolve around? Where did you get your security, identity or happiness from? Were there specific sins that had hold of your heart? How did those things let you down?
  • Jesus came to save sinners: How did God save you? Was there a specific verse in the Bible that really came to life for you?  What specific truths about the gospel changed you? How did those truths work in you specifically?
  • Your life in Christ: How has God shaped your life since you’ve become a Christian? Where have you seen Christ recently at work in your life? Where has there been victory over sin?

 
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