Monday, January 16, 2012

The wealth of the sinner is yours.

Proverbs 13:22 22 ...the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

One of my favorite books in the Bible is the book of Esther. This book demonstrates how God can easily turn the tables on any problem---no matter how impossible the situation seems to be. In this post, we will focus primarily on one character and his name is Mordecai.

Mordecai was a Jew in a foreign land. He was nobody. In the end of the book, he became prime minister, second only to the king. Along with the promotion, Mordecai also received all of the possessions of Haman. Haman was an evil person who had a plan to destroy all of the Jews. Haman even financially sponsored a campaign to do it. He was the prime minister to the king.

The Bible tells us that Haman approached the king in Esther 3:9 saying, "If it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they (the Jews) be destroyed, and I (Haman) will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who do the work, to bring it into the king's treasuries." Haman must have really hated the Jews. Ten thousand talents are about 375 tons. At today's rate of 30 dollars an ounce, that is 360 million dollars worth of silver. Most likely Haman was a billionaire by today's standards.

Now look at what the Bible reveals about Mordecai. Mordecai trusted God. He knew God would take care of His children. He did not know how---he just knew that God would. The Bible reveals this to us in Esther 4:14. Mordecai says to Esther, "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" This means that Mordecai knew God.

We also see another important characteristic about Mordecai. Mordecai rested in the fact that God would somehow deliver his people. The Bible reveals this five times (Esther 2:19, Esther 2:2, Esther 5:9, Esther 5:13, Esther 6:10), Mordecai was always sitting. In the end, God delivered the Jews and promoted Mordecai. The Bible says in Esther 8:2, "So the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai; and Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman."

I am not teaching you to sit around and do nothing with your life. That would be foolish---the Scripture is clear about that. The message here is a spiritual one. Leave the big battles up to God. Seek peace by studying the good things in God's Word (like the book of Esther). The Bible says in 2 Peter 1:2, "Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord," Getting to know God will multiply your blessings. Get to know God like Mordecai did. Seek the peace of God and learn to rest.

Be Blessed!

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