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Click here for today’s reading: Esther 1, 2; Psalms 150; Luke 17
Here is my SOAP for today, Thursday, October 4, 2018
Esther 1 DID YOU KNOW? “God” is not mentioned in the book of Esther… neither is the Law, sacrifices, worship or prayer!
19 “Therefore, if it pleases the king, let him issue a royal decree and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media, which cannot be repealed, that Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Also let the king give her royal position to someone else who is better than she. 20 Then when the king’s edict is proclaimed throughout all his vast realm, all the women will respect their husbands, from the least to the greatest.” 21 The king and his nobles were pleased with this advice, so the king did as Memukan proposed.”
Esther 2:15 “When the turn came for Esther (the young woman Mordecai had adopted, the daughter of his uncle Abihail) to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her. 16 She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. 17 Now the king was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women, and she won his favor and approval more than any of the other virgins. So he set a royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.”
Psalms 150:6 “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”
Luke 17:12 “As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Interesting that Jesus notes that only one of the men who had been healed returned to give thanks to God. If you think about it, even if NINE of the men came back, one would still say, “Where is the tenth guy??” The fact that only one DID return says a lot…
Esther rises from nowhere to become a beloved queen!
I think we all tend to take things for granted… God… our family… our jobs… “I hate my job!” “My boss is a _________!” “I’m going to leave and get a better job!” And when we do, we might say the same things about our new job, boss, the amount we are paid, etc…
We have so much to be thankful for, but by nature, we are mostly just selfish, self-centered people. We need to walk in thankfulness. We should have thankful hearts!
And we should thank God… often.
Esther, not unlike Joseph rises from nowhere to become queen and saves her people. I LOVE THIS! YES!
Lord, right now I just pause… to say “Thank You” for all that You have done for me. For my wife, Bonnie. For my kids… for my house and all my stuff… for the favor You have shown to me. For healing me… even when I didn’t realize it was YOU…