Esther 3:1 Until He Was Promoted

Esther 3:1 (KJV)
After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.

We do not hear of Haman until the king chooses to promote him. 

Isn’t it interesting that, in chapters one and two, we have the names of the princes and leaders under Ahasuerus and Haman is not mentioned? How he rose to such heights in such a short time is a mystery. One wonders, given the revealed nature of Haman, if it wasn’t through some sort of evil. 

Here’s my thought; Haman didn’t get into trouble until he was promoted. I am reminded that one must be careful whenever one is advanced. 

Pride can set in
Isn’t that what happened to Haman? He may have been a proud man previously, but this promotion certainly amplified and exposed it.

Testing may come
God chooses to test us and see what our mettle is. For Haman, that test was in the form of Mordecai. 

Haman did not pass the test 
It’s not evil to be promoted. But those who advance must be aware of the dangers of such promotions. It would be better to remain unknown and unnoticed than to be promoted and destroyed through it. 

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Esther 3:1 Until He Was Promoted

Romans 10:13 Saved!

Romans 10:13 (KJV)
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

This is perhaps the most powerful verse in the Bible – the pivot of the whole Word of God.

Who?
Whosoever. No one is excluded, and everyone is invited. There are no disqualifiers. Whosoever will may come.

What?
Saved. Rescued from perishing. Sin forgiven. Soul justified. Death defeated. Hell neutralized. Heaven realized.

How?
The Lord. Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us.

When?
We call on the name of the Lord. Just ask. You know the Bible is true. You know that you are a sinner. You know the consequences are terrible. You know that Jesus died for your sins, was buried with your sins, and rose again in victory over your sins. Turn to Him. Call Upon Him. The promise is unconditional.

When you, whosoever you are, shall call upon the name of the Lord, you “shall be saved.”

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Esther 1:1 Only God

Esther 1:1 (KJV)
Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:)

It seems to me that God goes out of His way to tell us of the greatness of Ahasuerus. His kingdom was huge. He ruled from deep into Africa, all the way into India. One hundred twenty-seven provinces in all. His kingdom was so great that it took him one hundred eighty days to review it before his dignitaries. He had wealth, fame, popularity, and power. 

But the purpose of God’s revelation is not to impress us with the man’s greatness. Rather, the book of Esther is all about the greatness of God. One can hardly read the account of Ahasuerus without noting how genuinely pathetic this man was. 

  • He got drunk – he had no power over alcohol
  • His wife refused to come when he called – he had no real power over her
  • She did not come because his reason was immoral- he had no power over his flesh
  • He got advice from his counselors – he had no control of decision
  • He eventually missed her – he had no power over his emotions
  • He had enemies attempt to assassin him- he had no authority over the happiness of all his citizens 

And yet God, whose name is not even mentioned in this book, saved His people, the Jews, through events unseen to the human eye but evident to the spiritually discerning. 

It is never wise to envy men. Only God is worthy of our attention. 

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Nehemiah 13:1 Hopelessly Lost?

Nehemiah 13:1 (KJV)
On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever;

There are sometimes gems buried in the Word of God that are precious beyond our imagination and so close to the surface it is a wonder we haven’t discovered them already. Thank the Lord for that day when the years of faithfulness wear away the soil to uncover those treasures finally. 

In Nehemiah 13:1, the Jews read how the Ammonites and Moabites were never to be permitted into the congregation of God. This was a problem because the Jews had already intermarried, and children of a mixed multitude had been delivered. Judah could not be pure without addressing this breach in the Word of God. 

But then we consider that a Moabite named Ruth is in the blood family of Jesus. Those who were forever cast out of the family of God are now welcomed into the family of God through Christ. 

I’ve known people whose sin was so grievous we could hardly expect they could be welcomed into heaven. But the same Christ who identifies with the Jews identifies with the chiefest of sinners. No one is hopelessly lost. Anyone can come to Jesus and be eternally justified. 

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Nehemiah 13:1 Hopelessly Lost?

Romans 7:6 A Christian Ought To…

Romans 7:6 (KJV)
But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

Here is the thing, a Christian ought to:

  • Be a new creature 
  • Live a new life
  • Have a new energy and therefore
  • Be a new man

None of us have yet become complete. We understand that we are growing from newborn babes in Christ unto spiritual maturity. We are not sinless in this life. We never attain the full maturity of the Lord until we reach heaven. 

But there is something seriously wrong when a professing believer is as much the old man as he ever was before he was saved. 

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Romans 6:1 What Shall We Say?

Romans 6:1 (KJV)
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?

The more things appear to change, the more it is apparent things never really change. 

I can barely imagine that this question must be considered, “Shall we continue in sin?” 

What would possess a Christian even to want to continue in sin?

And yet today, just as it was in the first century, Christians look for an out – a way to get their cake and eat it too. Christians try to figure out how to be forgiven of their sins while at the same time continuing in them. 

That thing for which we need forgiveness is the thing we ought to quit. 

And the best part is, the same God who has forgiven us of those sins has equipped us to quit them. 

The question is settled. Stop debating it. Reckon ourselves dead indeed unto sin and move on to allow the Holy Spirit of God to live out righteousness through us. 

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Romans 5:3 Not Only So

Romans 5:3 (KJV)
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

And not only so…

  • Not only are we justified
  • Not only do we have peace with God
  • Not only may we rejoice hope of the glory of God

We can rejoice in tribulations because we know:

  • Tribulation worketh patience
  • Patience works experience 
  • Experience works hope and that
  • Hopes makes us unashamed 
  • Not ashamed of the gospel[1]
  • Not ashamed of Christs death
  • Not ashamed of the coming wrath of God

The result of faith is justification. The consequences of justification are more far-reaching than being forgiven. 


[1] Romans 1:16 (KJV)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

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Romans 4:25 An Unselfish God

Romans 4:25 (KJV)
Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

What an unselfish God.

The work of Christ was all for us, none for Himself. There was no benefit to God in any of the work of salvation. 

He was delivered for our offenses
Delivered, surrendered over, betrayed, put in prison, ultimately sacrificed for our offenses; Jesus had none, we have plenty. The wages of sin is death so, for our offenses, He died.

He was raised again for our justification 
The resurrection was not meant to prove He was right, demonstrate His deity, or glorify Himself (although in our eyes, it does all of that). He died. He was buried. And He rose again for our justification. We, not He, needed His resurrection. 

God, who is the only One who has ever had the right to demand all attention be on Himself, put all of His attention upon us so that we would be saved if we would but believe. 

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Romans 4:25 An Unselfish God

Romans 3:28 Without the Deeds

Romans 3:28 (KJV)
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Paul said that his ministry, rather than making void the law established it. How so? His ministry, that of reconciling men to God through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, placed the Law of the Old Testament back on its rightful foundation – as an instrument of God to bring me to Christ.

His conclusion that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law was based upon the following:

Through the law is the knowledge of sin
The deeds of the law never justify anyone. It does not have that power. But it does have the power to bring a man under conviction of his sin. Thus, through the law, we realize we come short of the glory of God.

We are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. But all have the same free path to redemption because Christ died for all men, there is no difference between Jew and Gentile, all who believe are granted the righteousness of God.

The boasting of man is excluded, and the grace of God is uplifted not by works but by faith
There is a law of works, but it tends to the glory of man. (If we can but perform to our highest level, we might attain our own righteousness.) And there is a law of faith, but it tends to humble men. (We can do nothing on our own. Praise the Lord. Jesus has done everything for us.)

  • Since all have sinned and come short of the glory of God
  • Since the grace of God is available to all men, there is no difference and
  • Since there is no justification possible by the works of the law

Any reasonable man would conclude to come to Christ by faith and trust Him alone for redemption, justification, and righteousness.

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Romans 3:28 Without the Deeds

Romans 2:1 Inexcusable!

Romans 2:1 (KJV)
Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

The whole of Romans chapter two, coming off the deep scolding of the end of chapter one, is humbling. 

It is so easy for us to judge those upon whom the wrath of God is revealed. We do not deny that such wrath exists. And we certainly urge souls to flee from this wrath through faith but we must never assume ourselves to be better than they. Paul only saw himself as a debtor to them. He did not see himself as their judge.[1]

  • It’s inexcusable because we are sinners just as they 
  • It is inexcusable because it is only grace that has delivered us from God’s wrath 
  • It is inexcusable because we know what sin is right and yet sin still 
  • It is inexcusable because it sets us up in God’s stead, before whom every man will one day stand

[1] I was reminded just this week, through Tom Wallace, whose ministry, fortressoffaith.com, is to reach the Muslims, that Islam, the religion, is our enemy but Muslims, the individuals, are souls for whom Christ died.

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Romans 2:1 Inexcusable!