Don’t think that just because you live in the king’s house you’re the one Jew who will get out of this alive. If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.
Jafet, Japheth: It is a Hebrew name meaning “Enlargement.”
Jair, Jairus (Greek): from the Hebrew, it means “God Enlightens“, gives light of understanding, wisdom.
Standing Firm is the “OPPOSITE” of Compromise
Scripture calls us to the opposite of compromise.
From one end of the Bible to the other, God clearly commands His people to stand firm – to live apart from the world,
to be separate from the world (1 Peter 2:9).”
“I have chosen the way of truth and faithfulness; Your ordinances have I set before me.
I cleave to Your testimonies; O Lord, put me not to shame!
I will not merely walk, but run the way of Your commandments, when You give me a heart that is willing.
Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I will keep it to the end steadfastly.
Give me understanding, that I may keep Your law; yes, I will observe it with my whole heart.
Make me go in the path of Your commandments, for in them do I delight.”
Isaiah 54 tells us:
Spread Out! Think Big!
“Sing, barren woman, who has never had a baby.
Fill the air with song, you who’ve never experienced childbirth!
You’re ending up with far more children
than all those childbearing women.” God says so!
“Clear lots of ground for your tents!
Make your tents large. Spread out! Think big!
Use plenty of rope,
drive the tent pegs deep.
You’re going to need lots of elbow room
for your growing family.
You’re going to take over whole nations;
you’re going to resettle abandoned cities.
Don’t be afraid—you’re not going to be embarrassed.
Don’t hold back—you’re not going to come up short.
You’ll forget all about the humiliations of your youth,
and the indignities of being a widow will fade from memory.
For your Maker is your bridegroom,
his name, God-of-the-Angel-Armies!
Your Redeemer is The Holy of Israel,
known as God of the whole earth.
You were like an abandoned wife, devastated with grief,
and God welcomed you back,
Like a woman married young
and then left,” says your God.
Your Redeemer God says:
“I left you, but only for a moment.
Now, with enormous compassion, I’m bringing you back.
In an outburst of anger I turned my back on you—
but only for a moment.
It’s with lasting love
that I’m tenderly caring for you.
“This exile is just like the days of Noah for me:
I promised then that the waters of Noah
would never again flood the earth.
I’m promising now no more anger,
no more dressing you down.
For even if the mountains walk away
and the hills fall to pieces,
My love won’t walk away from you,
my covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart.”
The God who has compassion on you says so.
“Afflicted city, storm-battered, unpitied:
I’m about to rebuild you with stones of turquoise,
Lay your foundations with sapphires,
construct your towers with rubies,
Your gates with jewels,
and all your walls with precious stones.
All your children will have God for their teacher—
what a mentor for your children!
You’ll be built solid, grounded in righteousness,
far from any trouble—nothing to fear!
far from terror—it won’t even come close!
If anyone attacks you,
don’t for a moment suppose that I sent them,
And if any should attack,
nothing will come of it.
I create the blacksmith
who fires up his forge
and makes a weapon designed to kill.
I also create the destroyer—
but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged.
Any accuser who takes you to court
will be dismissed as a liar.
This is what God’s servants can expect.
I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.”
Wednesday evening, while watching one of the earliest episodes of the Andy Griffith, it disturbed me that the word, “ENLARGEMENT” was mispelt on a sign in the background of the druggist. Just as the fractures in a gemstone capture and refract light, God allows the flaws to draw our attention not to destroy another person but to speak His truth and light into their situation for the purpose of turning it around (repentance leading to conversion).
We can’t change a person but God can move their heart as we speak in prayers and hold fast, trusting Him by faith to do it in the proper time.
The Bible is certain, “the end of a thing is better than its beginning”…this demonstrates the necessity and value of patiently enduring and holding on steadfastly to God’s promised word –with such exceedingly great and precious promises, we have no reason to despise (discount) the day of small beginnings. God knows. God sees. We need to have Him lift our vision higher.
For such a time as this. You are here on purpose and on task.
“God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshippers for Himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore, let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts and join His global purpose!” John Piper
In John 4:22-24, Jesus was speaking to a Samaritan woman, a woman
who was a Gentile, living outside the tents of the Jews. This is what He tells the woman:
“You worship guessing in the dark; we Jews worship in the clear light of day. God’s way of salvation is made available through the Jews. But the time is coming—it has, in fact, come—when what you’re called will not matter and where you go to worship will not matter.
“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.”
God placed Esther in the right time, right place, gave her all that she needed that pertains to LIFE and GODLINESS through knowing Him. Her true name/identity/purpose hidden inside the “code” name that SPEAKS as it sounds and looks in connection to Him which no man can separate. Even so we are called to this time and place and equipped to do and say as He instructs.
Leviticus 23:2, “Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the LORD, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts.”
These “Miqra” are HOLY –
THEY ARE “SET APART” TIMES FOR US TO WORSHIP GOD!!!
The word “Holy” in Hebrew is
spelled Qoof Dalet Shin,
Qoof – revolution of the sun Dalet is the door and Shin is the tongues of FIRE (the manifest presence of Yahweh)
Holiness is when we FOLLOW God’s cycles of time He has PRESCRIBED for us!!!
Again, I know o Lord that a man’s life is not his own. It is not for man to direct his steps. Jeremiah 10:23.
As we walk in His ways, we are able to walk through the DOOR (Jesus) that leads into His Presence – to come boldly to the throne of grace to find strength and help in time of need. Again, as Queen Esther!!!
Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,
“Now the salvation, power, kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah have come.
The one accusing our brothers and sisters,
the one accusing them day and night in the presence of our God,
has been thrown out.
They won the victory over him because of the blood of the lamb
and the word of their testimony.
They didn’t love their life so much that they refused to give it up.-Revelation 12:10-11