Monday, January 30, 2012

More abundantly!

Esther 8:11 (NKJV) 11 By these letters the king permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives---to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions,

I like to spend time in the book of Esther. This book reveals our covenant with Jesus. The book revolves around two major decrees from the king. The first decree was a decree of death for God's children (Esther 3:13). The second decree completely reversed the situation and provided life for God's children (Esther 8:11).

Jesus completely reversed the situation for us. It was impossible for us to meet the requirements of righteousness that the law demanded. Jesus paid the penalty of our sin (1 Peter 1:24). He then gave us, as a gift, His righteousness (Romans 5:17). The Bible says in Romans 8:2, "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death." The new covenant is, "the law of the Spirit of life" and it over-rules the old covenant of commandments. Since we could not meet the standard of righteousness that the law of commandments required---it was a decree of death.

The Bible also tells us in John 10:10, "...I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." In other words, the new covenant is, "life and life more abundantly". Now I want to draw your attention to the last four words of our Scripture at the top---to plunder their possessions---and now look at the last four words in this passage from John---have it [life] more abundantly. Both of these decrees are more than just life saving decrees.

To receive life over death is awesome in itself and worth celebrating. However, Jesus provided more on the cross than just a ticket to heaven. Many of God's wonderful people have not taken advantage of all that Jesus provides. Oddly enough, the Jews in the book of Esther didn't either.

The Bible tells us in Esther 9:16, "The remainder of the Jews in the king's provinces gathered together and protected their lives, had rest from their enemies, and killed seventy-five thousand of their enemies; but they did not lay a hand on the plunder." Notice that they did not lay a hand on the plunder. Esther chapter 9 tells us three times that "they did not lay a hand on the plunder (Esther 9:10, Esther 9:15 and Esther 9:16). These nine words repeat THREE TIMES in this ONE CHAPTER. God wants us to make this connection. The Scripture at the top reveals that the plunder belonged to them!

Take the plunder, God has provided it. Study His Word (Decree) until you are convinced it belongs to you. The Book of Esther should do that for you. Next, include God in all that you do. Talk to Him continually, He is always with you. He will show you where the plunder is.

Be Blessed!

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