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Queen Esther holds a feast

Well….The plot thickens as they say. Haman is being prepared for his own destruction. Be blessed as we continue through the book of Esther.Esther 5: Esther Prepares a Banquet1 On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, in front of the king's quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal thr...
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Mordecai challenges Esther, "for such a time as this"

We all struggle with obedience sometimes. Esther was no different, 'for such a time as this'.Esther 4:Esther Agrees to Help the Jews1 When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry.2 He went up to the entranc...
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Haman plots against the Jews

The great thing about the book of Esther is that the intrigue and storyline builds with the main characters. Today we are introduced to the evil Haman. This is the guy that will clearly need to be dealt with. Be blessed.Esther 3:Haman Plots Against the Jews1 After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, and ad...
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Esther and the Persian King Ahasuerus

We spend 2 weeks in the book of Esther. This is a wonderful story of courage, faith and redemption. All this and God's name is not mentioned once throughout the book. Be blessed!Esther 1: The King's Banquets1 Now in the days of Ahasuerus, the Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia over 127 provinces,2 in those days when King Ahasuerus sat on ...
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Christ has set us free

We finish Galatians today and as usual Paul never minces his words. When he speaks it's fairly clear what he wants us to know. This morning his passion is to refocus his hearers on the true gospel and not to be distracted by the counterfeit. Be blessed .Galatians 5: Christ Has Set Us Free1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, a...
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The righteous shall live by faith

Paul makes the bold declaration again – 'We are justified by faith'. Always good to be reminded. Be blessed everyone!Galatians 3:By Faith, or by Works of the Law?1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified.2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works ...
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Paul rebukes Peter. Saved by grace not the law.

Even Apostles could go off the rails at times. Godly restoration is part of the ministry of the church. Praise God for loving accountability. Be blessed as you seek His face today.Galatians 2: Paul Accepted by the Apostles1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me.2 I went up because of a reve...
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Galatians and the gospel of grace

Back in the NT as we read through Paul's book of Galatians. It's all about the gospel of grace that annuls our sin!Galatians 1: Greeting1Paul, an apostle---not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead---2and all the brothers who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:3Grace to you and peac...
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The inheritance remains for the women

The law made sure that the inheritance rights of the women and their respective tribes was secure. Our inheritance in Christ is also secure. Be blessed everyone.Numbers 36: Marriage of Female Heirs1 The heads of the fathers' houses of the clan of the people of Gilead the son of Machir, son of Manasseh, from the clans of the people of Joseph, came n...
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Leaders chosen to enter the land

In today's readings we see the Lord's plans for borders for the Israelites in their new land and the enactment of a just legal system. Be blessed as you keep seeking Him.Numbers 34: Boundaries of the Land1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,2 "Command the people of Israel, and say to them, When you enter the land of Canaan (this is the land that shall...
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Taking the land of Canaan

The land of Canaan was given to all Israel. Three of Israel's tribes decide to live on the eastern side of the Jordan. This doesn't seem to be God's plan of a united Israel. The inheriting of the land of Canaan seemed to be put in jeopardy again. But as we know, God's ways are above our ways. Be blessed in your reading and praying.Numbers 32:Reuben...
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Making vows and harsh judgement upon the Midianites

Some really challenging passages here in today's readings. Have a look at the 'things to consider' and see how you go. Some of this stuff is not easy to understand, but I believe it is important to wrestle with these things simply because they are in the Scriptures and we are told all scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable (2 Ti...
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Offerings and sacrifices that point to Jesus

Some books are interspersed within our readings. The book of Numbers is an example. We finish off the last nine chapters of Numbers this week.Numbers 28: Daily Offerings1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,2 "Command the people of Israel and say to them, 'My offering, my food for my food offerings, my pleasing aroma, you shall be careful to offer to m...
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Godly King Josiah's reign ends too early

The godly king Josiah dies and so ends Israel's glory period. Judah is then led into captivity in Babylon.2 Chronicles 35: Josiah Keeps the Passover1 Josiah kept a Passover to the LORD in Jerusalem. And they slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the first month.2 He appointed the priests to their offices and encouraged them in the ...
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Josiah - the young reforming king

After a brief and wicked 2 year reign of Manasseh's son Amon, Judah has its last glory period under the reign of Josiah. His is truly an amazing example of a reforming king. Be blessed as you read.2 Chronicles 34:Josiah Reigns in Judah1 Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem.2 And he did what...
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Hezekiah's faith in God against Sennacherib

Every walk of faith will be challenged. Today we see this to be the case with Hezekiah as he is confronted by the Assyrians. We also see the contrast between him and the reign of his wicked son Manasseh. Be blessed folks.2 Chronicles 32: Sennacherib Invades Judah1 After these things and these acts of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came a...
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Hezekiah restores Passover

Hezekiah was a faithful king that served the Lord with his whole heart. As part of his leadership he restores true worship and as a result his influence continues to grow and he is blessed by the Lord. Be blessed as you read!2 Chronicles 30: Passover Celebrated1 Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, ...
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A godly father and son - Uzziah and Jotham

As we saw yesterday - how we start out is not the most important thing, it's how we finish that is the more important again. Praise God for accountability! Uzziah at least accepted this fact. Take a look.2 Chronicles 26: Uzziah Reigns in Judah1 And all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his fath...
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Serving the Lord halfheartedly

Amaziah is another king who starts well but doesn't finish well. He serves the Lord but not with a whole heart.2 Chronicles 25: Amaziah Reigns in Judah1 Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.2 And he did what was right in the eyes of the ...
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Another king who didn't finish well - Joash

The wicked queen Athaliah is killed. But with the new king while he started well he did not finish the race well.2 Chronicles 23: Joash Made King1 But in the seventh year Jehoiada took courage and entered into a covenant with the commanders of hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, Azariah the son of Obed, Maaseiah the ...
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