This Is Our Time

Esther 4:13 – Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.

Esther 4:14 – For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Hello readers, today’s blog is “this is our time”. Often we can live a Christianity which is ” I’ll do what’s right somewhere off in the distant future”. For many professing Christians, when their time comes, they duck for cover. David rolled into the camp of Israel one day, the boy David that is, and saw a whole army of people lead by a man who were ducking Goliath. Eliab could’ve fronted up, but he missed his time, and you never hear of him again. In fact, all he was good for was trying to talk someone else out of their time.

I was tempted to title this “this is YOUR time”, and that’s true, but truthfully, it is all our time, as this truth is for all of us. And just like now is the accepted time, just like today is the day of salvation, so is today the day to obey God and do what’s right. Today is our time. Don’t wait for tomorrow, tomorrow never comes, our entire life consists of “todays”. And today is your time. In Esther 4, it was Esther’s time. In the country in which I live, Australia, never has there been a greater responsibility but also opportunity and privilege to stand for what is right. You have been given a chance in life to do what’s right, and every day is a chance to walk by faith and honour God with your life by doing what is right.

I was thinking in this whole covid thing, I wish it was more being persecuted for “Jesus’ sake” rather than just for the right to have my own choice. But when you think about the issue, it is an issue of righteousness, and it’s a shame and disgrace that unsaved people can and do show more character and more of a sense for what’s right and wrong than professing Christians.

I then thought about what Jesus said in Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Righteousness is at stake. The Bible teaches that “to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin”. It is sin to not stand for what was right when you coulda, woulda, shoulda… but did not. Will your life story be that you refused to do what was right when your time came? Pilates time came one day, a time and a responsibility he tried to abdicate and absolve himself from, but he could not wash his guilt away. Oh yeah, he thought he was the big dog, he had the power, and all that power did was condemn himself, that power he had which he loved caused him to have to make a decision that will chase him for eternity. Maybe it’s a case of be careful what you wish for. That little promotion may just make your spot in hell that little bit hotter.

It is wrong for a government that is manifestly against God to force a medical procedure on you that you do not want. This same government has pushed every ungodly agenda there is, do they really care about health when they’ve advanced abortion and euthanasia and everything in between? Our health care system is burdening with alcohol, drugs, smoking, junk food, stds and everything else, and that’s all a function of freedom right. People are taking health risks in the name of personal freedom everywhere everyday. The thing that is so incredible in this is that for my lifetime growing up, the narrative has centered around inclusitivity, respect, anti discrimination, tolerance, diversity, non judgmentalism and blah. Where’s that gone now? Where’s your own fake morality gone now? Oh yeah, you’re a hypocrite. And don’t say I am selfish, you are the one that is selfish, you are the one guilty of what you’re hanging on others.

I know people, family members included, who have or are about to lose their jobs because they refused the vaccine. A vaccine that does not work, and that is actually producing more harm than the virus. And it’s been pushed by a government who’s management of the virus has produced far more pain and suffering than the virus could ever dream of. I could go on and on, but the whole thing is a testament to the lack of integrity, the lack of ethics, the lack of morality, the lack of logical consistency and the utter contradiction of the whole thing. We shouldn’t be surprised, because the Bible says to consider him (Jesus) who endured such contradiction of sinners against himself. Think of the contradictions when sinners are accusing the only one who never sinned of sin. Make no mistake, righteousness is at stake in all of this, and today is always the day, now is always the time to do what is right. Yes it is important to stand for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the word of God first and foremost, and that also includes standing for what is right.

There is mass censorship. There is mass corruption. There are back room deals. You know, Jesus was betrayed in a back room deal. And his resurrection was lied about and caused many to believe a lie which sent them to hell based on a back room deal. You may not see the money changing hands, but be sure that money is changing hands and be sure that the love of money is the root of all evil in this. It makes you look forward to when Jesus Christ rules and reigns, because finally this world will experience what it’s like to have a truly good and godly government, something that has eluded us for pretty much all of human history.

I’ve got many blogs I want to do, and one I am going to be doing is “tomorrow’s payoff is worth today’s price.” That applies both in terms of Christian life and in issues like this. There is a price that comes with telling people the truth, standing for truth, and following Jesus Christ… all that comes at a cost to self advancement and peer acceptance and approval… but there is a payoff. Those who pay that price of carrying his cross, they also experience the payoff of the resurrected life, seeing others saved, sharing in the sufferings of Christ, and being part of the glory which is to be revealed. You’ll never see others saved if you are not willing to die first, because as Jesus taught, it is in death that abundant life is brought forth. Think of how much eternal life the death of one, Christ, produced. It’s the same for us.  Truly put Jesus Christ first, and if you pay that price, you will experience the eternal payoff.

In this covid issue, there is a price for standing for what is right, and it’s being paid by men and women around the world, not even saved necessarily, and it’s a shame that someone who is not saved can have more backbone than a good many professing Christians I know who already caved and missed their time. They remind me of the Hebrews who came to get Samson “know ye not that the Philistines are rulers over us?”. Then they bound Samson and gave him to the Philistines. Unbelievable isn’t it. Pathetic. We should cut Samson a bit more slack, he was a one man army because there was noone else. The only time you see someone else is the people who came to get his body after he’d pushed the temple over.

Are you going to be a professing Christian who forever missed his or her time? Missing your time to preserve self while others face the chop will not payoff long term. It may have a short term pay off, but there is no eternal reward. Will you put living another day over doing what’s right at risk to your today? Will you miss the time where you could’ve fronted up, where you could’ve made a difference? Well? This doesn’t apply just to covid, this applies to the Christian life full stop. Salvation was at stake, personally and nationally, salvation is at stake. If the three Hebrew children did not put living another day ahead of obeying their God, why can’t we? You see, we think oh that’s such a good story, well done boys, but I’ll never do that. We applaud others standing but we won’t stand for anything ourselves.

And by the way, unsaved people can enjoy the blessedness of what God has instilled into his creation when you do what it is right. You don’t have to be saved to experience the blessedness of giving over receiving. You don’t have to be saved to enjoy the blessedness of being faithful in marriage, or helping a neighbor, or whatever it is. God’s way works for everyone. It’s a dead set shame when unsaved people show Christians up for the little cowards they are. Look in Judges 6, the Israelites are in the dens and caves and rocks and clefts… they’re on the run, they’re hiding. They’re all trying to make it another day. Even Gideon’s own father had caved in, he had that altar to Baal in his backyard. He’d made concessions to make it another day. How many concessions will you make to evil to another day?

There may not be another time for you to stand for what is right. Maybe this is your chance right now. If it’s in your power to do right and make a difference right now, why won’t you do it?  Oh it’s easy to stand for what’s right when there is no adversity, but the real test of who and what you are is what happens in the squeeze. Here in Esther chapter 4, we see Esther risking her life because it was her time. Are you risking anything for Jesus? Are you risking anything for someone else? Are you risking anything for what is right? The Bible says in Proverbs 24:10 ” If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” Maybe you’ve just found out how small your strength is. Maybe you’re showing how little strength there really is to your claims as a believer or even just the big claims you make about yourself in your life.

I was reading 1 Kings 18 the other night and I noticed a character in the Bible who goes under the radar called Obadiah. The chapter is about Elijah, but we read about Obadiah, a guy who was in Ahab’s government system. Oh he was trying to do right where he could and when he could, but he could never be Elijah. He was too scared. He was too afraid. There are too many secret believers. There are too many on Ahab’s payroll. Obadiah didn’t have the guts to stand up or stand apart, and in fact, he was one of Ahab’s trusted men. He was part of that whole anti government system persecuting people like Elijah. Oh, I’ll change it on the inside. Oh really? How much changing of the anti God government and nation did Obadiah really do. Why couldn’t he do more?

Oh, and the government made Elijah the bad guy. Ahab accused Elijah of troubling Israel… when it was Ahab who was ruining Israel. Amazing how the reprobates accuse others of what they are guilty of. The problem isn’t the Christians, the problem is the ungodly wicked who have brought the curse of God into our land because they’ve rejected him and our land is filled with evil and darkness and lies and deceit and conceit. Elijah didn’t comply or conform, he obeyed God’s word, God’s word is who and what he trusted… and guess what, God made a way for him those three and a half years when the government was after him. That gives us hope. With God there is a way, and of course there is, because Jesus Christ is THE way.

In the book of Esther, there had been a very bad law passed, all the Jews were to be killed. It was an evil law. Governments make evil laws, welcome to 2021. But it was legal right? If it’s legal it must be okay? Wrong. And was it really that legal, can murder ever really be legal? Well abortion is murder and that’s legal, so guess you can. You can make just about any ungodly legislation noble with enough words and spin and oration these days can’t you. Remember the orator, the big dude Tertullus they brought into to accuse Paul, it’s amazing how flowery and flattery they can make their lies isn’t it. Ahab had it wrong. Elijah wasn’t the problem, Elijah had the solution. AHAB was the problem, and similarly in this story, the king was the problem, and his second in command was the problem… not the Jews. You see, the king wasn’t thinking straight, he was not right with God himself, and he was listening to wicked council. You surround yourself with the wrong people, expect them to influence the way you think and the way you do. There is a reason why the Bible says to be not deceived, evil communications corrupt good manners. Don’t be deceived about it, it happens everytime.

Governments have done and will continue to make laws which contradict the law of God. Our government thinks it is God and wants to be God and is trying to be God… but they are not God. And there is a higher law, because no government is above the law of God. The very first line of Australia’s constitution references God, and our constitution is nowhere near that of the United States, but we have enjoyed similar freedoms because of the godly laws and principles which were instilled into the fabric of the way our nation was run. It didn’t mean our nation was saved, but there is a blessedness and freedom that comes from whatever you do that is in line with the law of God. We enjoyed some light, but as time went on, we rejected that light, and we have been plunged headlong into darkness.

So here is Esther, she’s placed in a position where she can do something. When you have power to do right, and you do not do it, all the best. You might save your life for now, but you will lose your life for it. That’s one of the things of following Jesus Christ, losing your life for his sake is finding it, and keeping your life is losing it. What you give to God you keep and get much better in return, and what you keep from God you lose and is taken from you. And there will be greater damnation, if Jesus said it, it is true. To whom much is given, much is required. With power and position and privilege comes responsibility and accountability. All Esther’s people had a death sentence on them, and it had been planned out meticulously. Ever noticed how meticulous wicked people can be? Haman spent day and night on this thing to get it just right, and while citizens have been out there working hard under tough conditions, our government has been working day and night on betrayal and selling out. They’ve been finding every loophole, examining every angle, and finding a way to get this through. They’re pretty Haman like.

The thing is, Esther was a Jew. But she could have gotten away with being a Jew because nobody knew she was a Jew, she was close to the king and she wasn’t in danger herself. So does she save herself or do what is right? What would you put first? Do you obey God and do what’s right because it’s what God said and because it’s right and because of who he is… or do you do what you do to save your own skin?

At the heart of this whole covid issue is something that Satan knows about man and is banking on with you. Satan is banking on you doing what’s best for you. He knows what man is like. Job 2:4 ” And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.” There’s nothing a man won’t give to save his own skin. There’s no freedom you won’t give up, there’s no person you won’t throw under the bus, there’s noone and nothing you will spare to save your own skin. Think of all the Christians out there giving up truth, giving up righteousness, giving up non negotiables of the faith… giving up their Bible… is there anything they have not given up for the sake of their own skin? But for a true Christian, and for someone who puts what is right first, that does not hold true. Satan had a theory that Job served God for what God did for him, not because of who God was. And Satan was wrong, and he was a liar, because he is a liar, all he does is lie. Satan’s theory did not hold true for Job, hopefully it does not hold true for you. Often we are very quick to sacrifice the truth and what’s right to save our own skin or protect our own self interests and self advancement and self perpetuation.

It’s interesting because the Bible is just so full of truths for today I can’t even get a small fraction of them down. It’s ridiculous how relevant the book truly is. It truly is the book of life. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is jam packed with wisdom for the time in which we live. May we just turn to God’s word finally when we run out of trying to figure out what to do ourselves. In Esther, you see compliant and non compliant. Just read through the book. You’ll see in Esther 9 that there were those that helped the Jews and those that tried to kill the Jews. We should not comply with ungodly laws. We should not comply with evil. We shouldn’t perpetrate it nor should we accomplice it. An accomplice to a crime is as guilty to the perpetrator of the crime.

And you may comply, you may get the vaccine and keep getting vaccinated, which is what boosters are and an admission of how ineffective they are, and you may surrender all your freedoms, and you may live, you may get away with it, you may avoid suffering for what’s right… but you will miss your time. And the incredible thing is, Mordecai said Esther, if you don’t do this, you won’t avoid destruction. You see, you cannot miss your time and not see the destruction of your own life. Imagine seeing your potential for God destroyed, the plan of God for your life destroyed, your purpose destroyed. Worse than suffering for refusing the vaccine is getting the vaccine just to comply because you’re afraid or hoping for normal to return soon, and then have to live knowing that when it was your time, you missed your time. Look, if you want to be part of it all, go ahead, but the Bible is full of people who were not “part of it all”. History does not smile kindly on those who were part of something that was wrong, but they just went along with it because it was the path of least resistance.

Mordecai said to Esther, if you don’t do this because you’re trying to save your own skin, don’t think you will avoid destruction. What kind of life is one where you did not do what was right in order to make it another day? See, the concessions you make to preserve yourself are not worth it in the end. Imagine denying Christ and getting to keep living… is that really a life worth denying Christ for? And the funny thing is, God’s deliverance is right on course. With you, or without you, deliverance will arise. It just matters on whether you are on the right side of it or not. Mordecai said, if you don’t go in, deliverance will arise from another place, but you will have missed your time. It’s better to face suffering for righteousness sake than do what’s wrong and then suffer for having done what’s wrong one day. Maybe that day will only be the day of judgment, but imagine doing what’s wrong to gain a few more years here only to burn your eternity. The problem with all our decision making is we are so invested here, and not invested in heaven, and it’s making us make very poor eternal decisions.

God can use you, he wants to use you, but he can also use someone else to do it. Your time is now. It’s not for someone else to do, it’s not a price for someone else to pay, it’s you. Don’t pass the buck when it’s your time to front up. Just make sure when you front up, learn from Judges 20. The whole nation of Israel fronted up, but they weren’t right with God themselves. Something horrible and unforgiveable had happened, and they’d finally said enough. But they went to battle without repentance, without acknowledgement of truth, and without God. Don’t leave God out of it. God is who we need.

God is the one who makes the way through the Red Sea. God is the one who can furnish a table in the wilderness. If you are at desperation stage, if you are panicking, if all you can see is sea and Pharaoh’s army, it is time to trust in the Lord. It was THROUGH the sea that deliverance lay. It was THROUGH the fire that the three Hebrew children were delivered. Sometimes there’s no way but through the fire. God didn’t take the sea away, he made a path through. And it was in that passage through the sea that Pharaoh and his armies were destroyed. You don’t know how God is going to use what’s happened, but be sure that the payoff is far greater than the price. Joseph’s payoff ended up being worth the price don’t you think? There was a price for doing what was right that he incurred for many years, but one day that man woke up in the prison not realizing that same day he would be second only to Pharaoh in the whole world and the key to the nation’s future.

Maybe in this whole covid thing you are keeping your head down, you’re tempted to think like Mordecai was saying to Esther NOT to do. Maybe you’re trying to keep your head down, you’ve struck it lucky, and while others are facing the bullet, you can see a way to save your skin rather than risking your skin for doing what is right. God’s deliverance is going to come, and when it does, are you going to be that person who missed their time? This is our time, this is your time. We have been frozen in inaction for too long. Obviously, I have been talking on multiple levels, but firstly to believers in their walk with God, and secondarily in regards to the whole covid happening. This is your time. Stand for what is right, make a difference, don’t put off tomorrow what is yours before you to do today. Esther had been, she’d been putting it off, delaying, hoping to avoid the risk and the confrontation, hoping to avoid fronting up. If anything good is to come out of this, it’s a chance to really see what our profession of faith and character is truly made of. And for many people, really there’s nothing there.

Maybe you don’t even know what to do. You have been that far from God’s word you don’t even have a clue what’s going on. Esther had to listen to Mordecai, because Mordecai set her straight. Mordecai is a picture of Jesus Christ, and just like Esther listened and obeyed his word, we should obey God’s word. Mordecai was not satisfied with Esther’s excuse, justification or attempted pacification. Learn from this. Esther made some weak excuse to not go in. How many weak excuses and pathetic justifications are you hiding behind doing what is right? God is not fooled and you’re not fooling others near as well as you think. The Bible is full of stories of men and women who’s time came. Moses’ time came, you know that? He’d grown up in Egypt, he’d been schooled there, friends there, fun there, pleasures there and so on, but one day the time came for him to refuse and to choose. What will you refuse and what will you choose? This is your time. This is our time.

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Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)

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  1. Greetings in the name of the Lord.
    First I want to state that I agree whole heartily with you, we as follower’s of the Lord who “hear” His leading, will not take the vaccine, why? Because HE purchased us with His Blood, therefore we are HIS Property, we are HIS Temple, we are NOT the property of wicked men who break their own countries laws to enforce the “death jab” unto their citizen’s is being Lawless. And those who refuse to take it, believer’s or non-believer’s are in fact standing against their “lawlessness”!

    I’ve personally have known, those that call themselves “Christians” for many, many years have taken the “death jab” because they believe in the fraudulent lies these “leader’s” have spew forth from their mouths, concerning a Fake virus! What were my friends statements in justifying their decisions to take it? One whom I’ve known for 30 years has taken it, because that’s what she as always done, believe the liars in the medical field and the government, she is suffering many health issues now due to the deceptions of her own heart. I now realize that she is not walking in the ways of the Lord, and never has in all the time I’ve known her and the family. I’ve warned her for years on her “belief” system, and she has always ignored my reproof’s, I now realize, by her fruit, she is not a true believer. So I’ve left her to her own devices.

    The other lady friend whom I’ve known for over 10 years, who resisted at first, has now taken the “jab” because of her unsaved family! She has placed her family above the desire’s of the Lord, also she wants to visit her family in another country, and she desire’s to travel and eat out, because she wants to be “free” at the cost of the truth. As I tried to warn her not to take it, just look at the scripture from Rev 18: 23, which I shared, she informed me she prayed about it and had peace, so she got it, to satisfy her family………well we no longer have communication with each other.

    This is all very sad, and I tremble for them, but the Lord states “my sheep hear my voice”, HE is NOT the author of confusion, so I know that the deceitfulness of their own hearts led them to obey the lawless ones so they may have life………..I’m afraid their life will be filled with sorrow’s untold.

    I agree with you, we are to die to everything, we are instructed by the Lord that we should not place our families or friends above HIM, we are instructed NOT to love the world and all it offer’s! He has given grace and strength not to miss going out, travel, and enjoy the “pleasures” of this world. It is all worth to love and follow Him, for we shall be protected from the snares of the Fowler, as we abide in Him by and through the Power of His Holy Spirit.

    Now regarding Obadiah, I do think you give him a dis-service by dishonoring him by presuming he was weak. The Lord’s word states “Obadiah FEARED the LORD greatly”. He was a “servant” of Ahab, it was his job to do the bidding of his master, Ahab. Matter of fact he without thought about himself, saved a 100 prophets and fed them, this was going against Ahab and his Jezebel wife, this was at a cost!

    1Ki 18:3 And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD greatly:
    1Ki 18:4 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)

    He was not shrinking from his desire to do that which Elijah was asking of him, Obadiah was questioning Elijah if he would be there, when Ahab would arrive to meet him. Because if he would not be at the place, Ahab would kill him.

    Obadiah was after assurance from Elijah he would not disappear, as apparently had happened before: as stated in 1Ki 18:12 And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the Spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from my youth.

    God’s word does not condemn nor rebuke Obadiah for seeking such assurances, as you have done, matter of fact Elijah understood why Obadiah was after assurances, and once he promised Obadiah he would not depart, then Obadiah did his bidding.

    1Ki 18:15 And Elijah said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I stand, I will surely shew myself unto him to day.
    1Ki 18:16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab, and told him: and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

    Also you dishonor Ester, she was not seeking for herself, she was obeying the LAW of the King, so she was going to respect that. We know Jewish women were to be subject unto men, so when Mordecai spoke : Est 4:14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

    Mordecai was informing Ester, in a question, who “knoweth” if their God, had her in such a position for this purpose, to stop the evil work of Haman. Obviously Ester understood what Mordecai was stating. So she responded in the proper way, that they should seek the Lord by fasting and prayer to make a way that she would find favor with the King, without fearing breaking the “LAW” of her King. And obviously the Lord granted their request. She was accepted by the King.

    So you see Mordecai was not setting her straight, he also was asking the question “knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” She “commanded” him to follow her instructions, in seeking the LORD’S wisdom regarding the situation. She was not desiring to be presumptuous in her approaching the King, she knew “IF” it was the Lord’s will for her to approach the King, the Lord would cause the King to accept her approach. She was being wise, and the Lord honored her for it along with Mordecai.

    Everything must be kept within the context of the written word, and not to bring one’s own personal interpretation of the text. For our God is Just, and desire’s us to be also.

    The Lord bless you…..

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    • Cal, I was not dishonoring Obadiah. He was a weak man. Yes he was trying to do right where he could, but he was part of the system and part of the problem. He was working for Ahab, an evil man and an evil government, and that’s why he was unstable and fearful of Ahab and self justifying as you hear him talking, because he was double minded and had a double life trying to serve God and Ahab. And obviously he did a good job of it, because he was pretty high up in the system.

      He was putting his own health and security first. Everything he did was thought about himself first, when he was talking to Elijah he was thinking about saving his own skin because if he went and told Ahab where Elijah was and Elijah wasn’t there, Ahab would get mad at him and kill him. That’s him thinking about what happens to me.

      At mount Carmel, where was Obadiah? “And the people answered him not a word”. Elijah said when he was there “I, even I only, remain a prophet of the Lord”. Yeah, not everyone was a prophet, but you see Elijah alone contesting for truth. And in the next chapter Elijah feels so alone that he’s on the run and he’s asking God to take his life and telling God how he’s the only one left. Whatever Obadiah was doing, and even though he feared God, he was not standing up, but taking a secret disciple approach for fear of Ahab and the system and becoming not liked and persecuted like Elijah was.

      Obadiah was not the difference maker, yes he helped out and he did fear God, and that is to be commended, nor am I saying he is unsaved or went to hell or anything of the sort. Obadiah wasn’t even in tune with God, saying I don’t know what the Spirit of God is going to do and where he’s going take you, and many professing Christians today do not know anything. They’re afraid of the wrath of the king as Obadiah was (and Moses wasn’t as per Hebrews 11) and that’s why they don’t stand, and that’s why they won’t be the one standing for God. It was Elijah who knew God’s word, who knew God’s will, who experienced God’s power, Obadiah was missing in action.

      I have not dishonored Esther either. There was a sentence of death, murder, planned against her people, and she was in a position to go and talk to the king. She was queen after all. What queen cannot go and talk to her husband? And in chapter 2, she had gone into the king before. Read your Bible.

      Esther was hesitant and unsure if to see the king because of fear what might happen to her. She was fearful for what the consequences and repercussion might be. Her chief concern was cost to self, something we all face in following Jesus Christ. And by the way, the law was “whether man or women, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called”. It wasnt the fact Esther was a “woman” at all. Mordecai couldn’t go in there and he was a man, even when Mordecai saved the king’s life, it was because he told Esther who told the king. Esther had more access to the king than Mordecai did.

      The thing Mordecai sent back and told her was don’t think you’ll escape, and if you hold your peace you will be destroyed. Why would he say that if going in and risking not being accepted was never an option for Esther? The first time she sent to Mordecai it was to get him to stop grieving, then when he didn’t receive her pacification package she sent to him what is your problem. Mordecai sent back what the problem was, Esther sent back I cant do anything about it because I could die, and Mordecai sent back you have to do something about it. It’s on you. But yes, Esther did go in, and she didn’t miss her time. She is a wonderful character in the Bible and an example for what we face and what we have to do and not miss our time. I have not dishonored either character, nor misrepresented them.

      And the thing is, I have stressed throughout my years of writing on this blog to read it for yourself. My words are not Bible, the whole goal of my blog is to be a help and to strengthen your faith in the God who’s word you are reading and should read for yourself and get to know yourself. There is no need to type any further on this. You are not my editor in chief. I am not submitting this to you for proof reading and peer approval. It is you who should reread the stories and get the context.

      And you of all people talk about “context of the written word” and “personal interpretations”? Someone that doesn’t even believe in these verses below and the simple truths and fundamentals of the gospel. I do take correction, and I do correct things that are wrong or where I am out of line. I have before and I will again. But you are not my corrector, and particularly not when you don’t even have the “all men”, the “every man” and the “whosoever” of the Bible down yourself for a start.

      I do not want to block you, but I have no more time for this petty behaviour. I have limited time to write my blogs and I don’t wish to spend that time replying to silliness as you subvert what is being said just so you can establish some kind of superiority that you do not have. I want to redeem the time I have in my life to serve God and honour him, and that’s what I will do. Please do not reply anymore and get your house in order first before trying to order someone else’s when you are in no position to do so. Thank you.

      1 Timothy 2:4 “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

      1 Timothy 4:10 “For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.”

      Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,”

      2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

      John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

      John 1:9 “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

      Colossians 1:28 “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:”

      Hebrews 2:9 “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”

      Acts 2:21 “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

      Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

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    • No worries, all the best with that inflated view of yourself. You were the one dishonest with scripture, you were dishonest with the “all men”, the “every man” and the “whosoever”. And I don’t know anything, nobody does, including you. If you knew anything, you would know that too. All that we can truly know comes from God’s word, without him we know nothing. I trust in the God in whom are hid all treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Thanks, Joseph.

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