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Keep Standing                           Session 6                     27 MAY 18

BEWARE: LifeWay is now openingly offering and promoting Calvinist writings as if they were main-stream SBC and Christianity.

LifeWay does not tell you if their authors are Calvinist in doctrine.

Latest Example: James Faith and Works. The author and his Village Church are Calvinists!

What the author says on: What Is Unconditional Election?

“The Scriptures teach that God elects individual persons to salvation irrespective of any conditions of will, effort, desire or ability. He is absolutely free to save whomever He so desires and He is absolutely just in His right to do so (Rom. 9:14-15).”

From an author’s Sermon: God Saves [He states God gives (forces) faith upon select people. My comment.]

Flip over to Ephesians 2. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” According to the Bible, the faith to believe in that grace isn’t yours either. But the faith to believe in the grace of God found in Jesus Christ was given to you by God so you would have nothing to boast in but the cross of Christ. So if you are a Christian, you have nothing to boast in, nothing to exalt in, nothing to point to outside of Christ and Him crucified. It’s why Paul would say in Galatians 6, “God forbid if I boast in anything other than the cross of Christ.” It’s all you have if you’re a believer in Christ.”

 

 

ESTHER 8:1-7 Esther put pressure on the king to stop Haman’s legal decree. 

ESTHER 8:8-13, 16 The Persian law said no command from the king could be revoked. Though the king could not revoke the previous decree Haman had devised (cf. Dan. 6:8, 12, 15), there was no reason why a counter-decree could not be issued. So the king said if Mordecai could find a solution he would approve it. Mordecai’s solution was to allow the Jews to legally defend themselves. The king even allowed an extra day in Susa to destroy the Jews’ enemies there. So as was and is typical, evil violence was stopped by good violence. If Esther had not been decisive, once she realized she was the only one to solve the situation, Haman would have achieved his plan. Dr. Hobbs, page 124 “The overriding lesson of the Book of Esther is that an element of risk and danger belongs in the essence of faith.” But I don’t think deception is part of faith.

ESTHER 9:1-19 On the thirteenth day of Adar (sometime in February-March) the Jews won a major victory. The king even granted an extra day for them to deal with Susa. So the Jews prevailed.

The Bible offers no evidence that God was sought. And secular evidence offers none either. Note carefully (Mat 7:21 RSV) ""Not every one who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." Obedience to the will of God comes first. The Law states numerous times (Deu 10:13 RSV) "and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I command you this day for your good?" It is clear the Persian Jews, and particularly Mordecai’s clan, were not keeping the commandments to be a witness people to the world. Witnessing cannot be done while being a secret-Jew.

            Therefore we cannot say the people sought the will of God and God’s deliverance. And when all was over (Est 9:17 RSV) "This was on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth day they rested and made that a. day of feasting and gladness." Note “day of feasting and gladness” and not a day of worship and thanksgiving. Note what happens during Purim (Purim means “lots” in ancient Persian):

Purim Observances

·                     Reading of the Megillah (book of Esther), which recounts the story of the Purim miracle.

·                     This is done once on the eve of Purim and then again on the following day.

·                     Giving money gifts to at least two poor people.

·                     Sending gifts of two kinds of food to at least one person.

·                     A festive Purim feast, which often includes wine or other intoxicating beverages.

ESTHER 9:20-22 The Jews made this a time to turn “sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday.”

Again: Not a thing about worshiping God and thanking Him for deliverance. Purim is in fact a secular event of feasting and gladness (merry-making). Check out site What Is Purim? The Jews have added their own meanings and assumed God acted in ways that are not stated.

ESTHER 9:1-19 On the thirteenth day of Adar (sometime in February-March) the Jews won a major victory. The king even granted an extra day for them to deal with Susa. So the Jews prevailed.

ESTHER 9:32 Dr. Hobbs, pages 124-125 “Mordecai wrote letters to all the Jews in the Persian empire. Though he was the prime minister the letter had no political notation. The fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month Adar were to be set aside as an annual celebration commemorating the Jews' deliverance. Queen Esther also wrote confirming Mordecai's letter. .She had been both a queen and a star throughout it all.

“Purim" comes from the Persian word pur for "lot" (see 9:26). The "im" ending is plural, so "Purim" denotes the many lots cast until Haman got the desired date for his destruc­tion of the Jews (see 3:7). This day was to be one of feasting, joy, and the giving of gifts (see 9:22). It was to be observed "throughout every generation" (9:28). A principal feature was the reading of the Book of Esther. That the Jews have obeyed this proclamation is evident in the fact that Purim is one of the most joyful of Jewish holidays today. It is observed in the spring of the year, usually in March.

You may not be called to save thousands of people from death, but for many of us there will come crises which will call for taking fearful risks,

There are moral and spiritual risks also if one is to live up to high principles. You may lose your job by refusing to be dishonest. Social status may be lost by refusing to drink alcoholic beverages or go along with the crowd in sexual immorality. You may lose friends by opposing injustice to minority groups, or lose a political position by doing right rather than what seems expedient.

Certainly, for a Christian the criterion of conduct should be God's will. Having ascertained His will is for you, you should do it regardless of the price. It may not seem to be safe for the moment, but it is right. Right will win the final victory.

Esther saw her duty. She risked her position and her life in doing it. Against seemingly insurmountable odds, she emerged victorious, often using her beauty and deception. Down the ages uncounted millions have risen up to call her blessed. That is fulfillment indeed! But does it justify the methods she used? May we use the same methods without concern God will not approve?

            This was indeed a great reversal for the pending destruction of the Jews under king Ahasuerus if Haman has made Vice King. (Esther 10:1-3 RSV) "King Ahasuerus laid tribute on the land and on the coastlands of the sea. 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? For Mordecai the Jew was next in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brethren, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people."

 

            Dr. Hobbs’s key point, in my opinion, is “Certainly, for a Christian the criterion of conduct should be God's will. Having ascertained His will is for you, you should do it regardless of the price. It may not seem to be safe for the moment, but it is right. Right will win the final victory.”

 

But why five sessions on Esther who used her position to deceive for a good result when Jeremiah warrants at least 3 or 4 sessions, but gets only 2, for his thankless effort to evangelize Judah? This does not serve us well. Jeremiah has a much more important message for us. There was no deception with him.

 

            Christians is to STAND in the Light of Jesus while being Proper Lights To The World. There will be risks in being a viable Christian, for some even unto death. But we are eternally secure as adopted sons and daughters of the Father. Eternal Security is the foundation for Christian JOY!

 

 

ESTHER 8:1-7 Esther put pressure on the king to stop Haman’s legal decree. 

ESTHER 8:8-13, 16 The Persian law said no command from the king could be revoked. Though the king could not revoke the previous decree Haman had devised (cf. Dan. 6:8, 12, 15), there was no reason why a counter-decree could not be issued. So the king said if Mordecai could find a solution he would approve it. Mordecai’s solution was to allow the Jews to legally defend themselves. The king even allowed an extra day in Susa to destroy the Jews’ enemies there. So as was and is typical, evil violence was stopped by good violence. If Esther had not been decisive, once she realized she was the only one to solve the situation, Haman would have achieved his plan. Dr. Hobbs, page 124 “The overriding lesson of the Book of Esther is that an element of risk and danger belongs in the essence of faith.” But I don’t think deception is part of faith.

ESTHER 9:1-19 On the thirteenth day of Adar (sometime in February-March) the Jews won a major victory. The king even granted an extra day for them to deal with Susa. So the Jews prevailed.

The Bible offers no evidence that God was sought. And secular evidence offers none either. Note carefully (Mat 7:21 RSV) ""Not every one who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." Obedience to the will of God comes first. The Law states numerous times (Deu 10:13 RSV) "and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I command you this day for your good?" It is clear the Persian Jews, and particularly Mordecai’s clan, were not keeping the commandments to be a witness people to the world. Witnessing cannot be done while being a secret-Jew.

            Therefore we cannot say the people sought the will of God and God’s deliverance. And when all was over (Est 9:17 RSV) "This was on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth day they rested and made that a. day of feasting and gladness." Note “day of feasting and gladness” and not a day of worship and thanksgiving. Note what happens during Purim (Purim means “lots” in ancient Persian):

Purim Observances

·                     Reading of the Megillah (book of Esther), which recounts the story of the Purim miracle.

·                     This is done once on the eve of Purim and then again on the following day.

·                     Giving money gifts to at least two poor people.

·                     Sending gifts of two kinds of food to at least one person.

·                     A festive Purim feast, which often includes wine or other intoxicating beverages.

ESTHER 9:20-22 The Jews made this a time to turn “sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday.”

Again: Not a thing about worshiping God and thanking Him for deliverance. Purim is in fact a secular event of feasting and gladness (merry-making). Check out site What Is Purim? The Jews have added their own meanings and assumed God acted in ways that are not stated.

ESTHER 9:1-19 On the thirteenth day of Adar (sometime in February-March) the Jews won a major victory. The king even granted an extra day for them to deal with Susa. So the Jews prevailed.

ESTHER 9:32 Dr. Hobbs, pages 124-125 “Mordecai wrote letters to all the Jews in the Persian empire. Though he was the prime minister the letter had no political notation. The fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month Adar were to be set aside as an annual celebration commemorating the Jews' deliverance. Queen Esther also wrote confirming Mordecai's letter. .She had been both a queen and a star throughout it all.

“Purim" comes from the Persian word pur for "lot" (see 9:26). The "im" ending is plural, so "Purim" denotes the many lots cast until Haman got the desired date for his destruc­tion of the Jews (see 3:7). This day was to be one of feasting, joy, and the giving of gifts (see 9:22). It was to be observed "throughout every generation" (9:28). A principal feature was the reading of the Book of Esther. That the Jews have obeyed this proclamation is evident in the fact that Purim is one of the most joyful of Jewish holidays today. It is observed in the spring of the year, usually in March.

You may not be called to save thousands of people from death, but for many of us there will come crises which will call for taking fearful risks,

There are moral and spiritual risks also if one is to live up to high principles. You may lose your job by refusing to be dishonest. Social status may be lost by refusing to drink alcoholic beverages or go along with the crowd in sexual immorality. You may lose friends by opposing injustice to minority groups, or lose a political position by doing right rather than what seems expedient.

Certainly, for a Christian the criterion of conduct should be God's will. Having ascertained His will is for you, you should do it regardless of the price. It may not seem to be safe for the moment, but it is right. Right will win the final victory.

Esther saw her duty. She risked her position and her life in doing it. Against seemingly insurmountable odds, she emerged victorious, often using her beauty and deception. Down the ages uncounted millions have risen up to call her blessed. That is fulfillment indeed! But does it justify the methods she used? May we use the same methods without concern God will not approve?

            This was indeed a great reversal for the pending destruction of the Jews under king Ahasuerus if Haman has made Vice King. (Esther 10:1-3 RSV) "King Ahasuerus laid tribute on the land and on the coastlands of the sea. 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? For Mordecai the Jew was next in rank to King Ahasuerus, and he was great among the Jews and popular with the multitude of his brethren, for he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people."

 

            Dr. Hobbs’s key point, in my opinion, is “Certainly, for a Christian the criterion of conduct should be God's will. Having ascertained His will is for you, you should do it regardless of the price. It may not seem to be safe for the moment, but it is right. Right will win the final victory.”

 

But why five sessions on Esther who used her position to deceive for a good result when Jeremiah warrants at least 3 or 4 sessions, but gets only 2, for his thankless effort to evangelize Judah? This does not serve us well. Jeremiah has a much more important message for us. There was no deception with him.

 

            Christians is to STAND in the Light of Jesus while being Proper Lights To The World. There will be risks in being a viable Christian, for some even unto death. But we are eternally secure as adopted sons and daughters of the Father. Eternal Security is the foundation for Christian JOY!

 

Marvin Ganote, Hobbs Study Class, Adult Teacher. ganotemd@gmail.com Home Page: http://dma1.org/~ganotemd/lesson.htm