Hoisted with his own Petard! and Life in God’s Kingdom

Esther 6:14-7:10

Hoisted with his own Petard!

Never was this phrase more aptly illustrated. The instrument designed to eliminate one of God’s people became the instrument of death for the perpetrator. Haman not Mordecai ended up on the gibbet.

Again, while lacking direct reference, God’s Hand can be seen in the way events turned out.

As 1 Chronicles 16:22 and Psalm 105:15 say, God protected His people in their wanderings saying “Touch not my anointed ones, and do my prophets no harm”. He always watches over his people. Even when they suffer death for the word of their God they are not forgotten or abandoned – Revelation 6:9-10.

The Lord always is our shepherd even when a shadow dark as death covers our way.

Matthew 18:1-9

Life in God’s Kingdom

At least three principles can be taken on board as we seek to live the life of the age to come now:

  1. Greatness is to be measured in terms of genuine humility – so pray for a spirit of genuine humilty
  2. Caring for and protecting the least of Jesus’ people is a solemn obligation – so pray for sensitivity to the needs of others.
  3. Nothing is greater than a share in God’s eternal kingdom – so pray that you will value a place in God’s kingdom above anything else.
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