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Monday, August 6, 2018

Mordecai has appealed to Esther to intercede with the King on behalf of the Jews


Esther 4:1--Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, "Do not imagine that you in the King's palace can escape any more than the Jews."


An edict has been issued by King Ahasuerus to kill and annihilate all Jews in one day. Mordecai has appealed to Esther to intercede with the King on behalf of the Jews. Esther appears to be somewhat reluctant to do this so Mordecai reminds Esther that it would be false thinking to harbor the idea that she would be safe in the King's palace. In this temporal realm it is dangerous to  hold false ideas in our hearts. It is even more dangerous in the spiritual realm.


The day is coming for each one of us when we will lie down in the sleep of death, shedding these earthly bonds as we go out to our eternal home (Heb. 9:27; Eccl. 12:5). Multitudes of people, perhaps including a good number of the brethren, are embracing the false idea that on that day some extraordinary changes are going to take place, changes they are not willing to make while alive. Do not expect to die out of Christ and awake in him (Gal.3:27). Do not expect to die rejecting the teachings of God given to us through divine inspiration (2 Tim.  3:16; Matt. 7:21-23; 2 John 9) and hear "Well Done". Multitudes are expecting to stand before God in judgment and hear they have been forgiven when they have not obeyed his plan for being saved. To expect forgiveness without faith and repentance and confession in this life is to expect the impossible (Heb. 11:6; 2 Pet. 3:9; Acts 8:37). To expect sins to be washed away without being baptized is to expect the impossible (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38; Acts 9:17-18).  


Do not think that you can be saved eternally without accepting your responsibilities and living faithful to God until you die (Rev. 2:10; 2 Pet. 1:2-11; James 1:27; Matthew 5:13-16; 1 Cor. 15:58; Rom. 12:1-2; Gal. 5:13; Heb. 12:1-3; 2 Pet. 3:18; Matthew 6:33).


What this all amounts to is that great numbers of people are expecting the impossible to happen when they put off this earthly tabernacle. Don't be one of them!


To God be the glory forever  and ever. Amen.--Philippians 20


Charles Hicks

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