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Bible study is essential to our Christian walk. As we study God's Word, our personal relationship with God grows deeper and deeper. It empowers us to live for the Lord in every aspect of our lives. This is what has inspired me to do an online Bible study.

Many years ago my husband introduced me to a commentary on the book of Colossians and I was so blessed as the Scripture came to life before my very eyes. Since that day we have developed an extensive library and enjoy studying God's Word.

I have prepared some Bible studies that I would like to share with you. My prayer is that they will bless you as much as they have blessed me in preparing them. I pray your life is touched and that it would inspire you to live every moment of every day for Christ.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Such a Time as This

Esther is facing a serious dilemma, let's open our Bible to Esther 4:13-14 as we see Mordecai's response to her:

Mordecai gave three reasons why she had to figure out a way to approach the king to lead him to reverse the decree.
Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace anymore than all the other Jews. ~ Esther herself was a Jew and would not escape execution. Being queen was meaningless in the face of Persian law, for Persian law could not be reversed, not even by the king himself. Although she was the wife and queen of King Ahasuerus, she too was doomed to death unless she could arouse the King to figure out a way to reverse the decree.

2. Her silence wouldn’t prevent deliverance from coming from some other source. But she and her family would perish. ~ The reference here is to the providence of God even though the name of God isn't mentioned. Knowing the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-3), Mordecai had faith that the people of Israel would be protected from annihilation. However, he warned her that even if deliverance did come, some of the Jews might still be slain, and Esther might be among them.

3. Her being in the palace was not an accident, for she had "come to royal position for such a time as this" ~ The strongest hint yet of Mordecai’s belief in divine providence. He didn't say that God had put her there, but that's what his statement amounted to. If Esther would just take the time to review her life, she couldn't help but see that there had been divine leading all the way.
Now, if God brought her to the throne, then He had a purpose in mind, and that purpose was now evident: She was there to intercede for her people.

Esther knows what she needs to do – we will look at her response to the challenges in her life as we continue our study.

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