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Sunday, March 13, 2022
Book of Esther
Cody John Simpson
Life reveals to us the bleak truth that we cannot truly rely on anything in this world. This reality points us to our need for God, our perfect Father who never fails us. But faced with life experiences that tell us it’s not safe to trust others, how can we trust God? In this sermon, we discover the story of Purim, where once again God proves to His people Israel that even when they don’t follow Him perfectly He will never forsake them or leave them. God truly is the only one who is faithful.
• Ex 17:8,9,14-16 At Rephidim, Amalek came and fought against Israel. Moses said to Joshua, “Select some men for us and go fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the hilltop with God’s staff in my hand.”
The Lord then said to Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a reminder and recite it to Joshua: I will completely blot out the memory of Amalek under heaven.”
• Deut 25:17-19 “Remember what the Amalekites did to you on the journey after you left Egypt. They met you along the way and attacked all your stragglers from behind when you were tired and weary. They did not fear God. When the Lord your God gives you rest from all the enemies around you in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance, blot out the memory of Amalek under heaven. Do not forget.
• Gen 17:7 I will confirm my covenant that is between me and you and your future offspring throughout their generations. It is a permanent covenant to be your God and the God of your offspring after you.
• Ex 23:22 But if you will carefully obey him and do everything I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes.
• 2 Sam. 7:16 Your house and kingdom will endure before me forever, and your throne will be established forever.
• Ex 34:6-7 The Lord passed in front of him and proclaimed: The Lord—the Lord is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in faithful love and truth, maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But he will not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the consequences of the fathers’ iniquity on the children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation.
• John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
• 2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!
• Romans 8:28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
Give to God the hidden resentments you hold and in prayer take stock of the multitude of deep undeserved blessings you have received. Give thanks and make it a part of your regular meetings with God.