The Bible, Classes, and Cervical Cancer

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Day’s Verse:

Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a large crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced. For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor.

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I think that today’s Daily Verse really talks about staying the course and doing the right thing no matter what. Mordecai saved the King’s life earlier on by exposing a plot against the King, even when he (Mordecai) knew that there was an edict out allowing Jews to be slaughtered and robbed. Despite that, Mordecai did the right thing consistently, advising Esther wisely. Together, with God’s grace, they saved the Jews during King Ahasuerus’ reign; not only saved, but themselves were increasingly blessed. Esther became queen, while Mordecai was honored as the King’s right-hand man. That is what comes of staying the course even in the face of adversity: God rewards people who are faithful to Him even in hard times, even when it feels like God has abandoned us to the world. The story of Esther is one of a woman’s strength, yes, but as in the rest of the Bible it’s really a story of God’s grace, wisdom, and power. Where some people might see a tragedy or hopelessness, God demonstrated His justice. Maybe it’s an American thing, but we always want to see the bad guy trumped, like Haman being hung on his own huge gallows; we want to see the good guy win in the end. Christians haven’t always—and continue not to—live easy lives. Many have died in cruel ways, tortured for their faith; they didn’t live to see God’s triumph, but that doesn’t mean it won’t come. Perhaps the “American thing” of good winning out is actually a residual “Christian thing,” the belief that God is sovereign over all things and that He will conquer evil in the end. Continue Reading >>