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Taking The First Step

TAKING THE FIRST STEP

Memory Verse: Luke 15:18-19

Life Application: When we spiritually fall we need to arise and go to the Father.

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Bible Text:

Luke 15:17

Isaiah 6:5

Esther 4:7-8

1 John 1:8-9

Romans 3:23

Romans 6:23

Luke 15:18-19

Esther 4:16

John 14:6

Romans 10:9

Acts 16:31

Luke 15:20-22

Esther 4:13

Matthew 27:50-51

Hebrews 10:19-20

1 John 1:9

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The first step to worshiping God is salvation. You cannot truly worship God with sin in your life because worship is a lifestyle that reverences a holy God. It is not just singing a song with your mouth – it comes from within you. Worship involves every part of you. We can follow the examples of the prodigal son, the sinful woman, and Esther to become a child of God. Like them we must:

1. Realize that we are in danger

2. Know who can save us

3.Go directly to the one that can save us

I. Realize That You Are In Danger

As the prodigal son was in the pig pen (the lowest point in his life) he realized that he had sinned against God and against his father.

Luke 15:17 NKJV

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!’ ”

He had to go through a lot of bad things and hard times before he would admit that he had sinned and that he was in danger.

The woman with the alabaster box knew that she was a sinful woman. She knew the law and the penalty of breaking the law. She had probably been standing among the crowd as Jesus spoke before. In His presence she truly realized that she was in danger spiritually. The Holy Spirit began to convict her of her sin and within (unseen to the eye) her heart began to change. She might have even had thoughts along the same line as Isaiah when He encountered the holy presence of God.

Isaiah 6:5 NKJV

“So I said:

‘Woe is me, for I am undone!

Because I am a man of unclean lips;

And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;

For my eyes have seen the King,

The Lord of hosts.’ ”

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them. It was a plot that, had it been effective, would have separated her from the king.

Esther 4:7-8 NKJV

“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for the destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

Every person born is in danger of separation from the King (God) because of sin, Every person has sinned, and every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the lake of fire (away from God’s presence.) The first step to salvation is admitting that you have sinned. Once we take that first step, God is there like the prodigal son’s father with arms outstretched for you.

1 John 1:8-9 NKJV

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and top cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 6:23 NKJV

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

II. Know Who Can Save You

The prodigal son knew who could save him. He knew that his father was in a position to help him.

Luke 15:18-19 NKJV

“I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me one of your hired servants.’ ”

The woman with the alabaster box knew who could save her. She had heard Jesus speak before and she knew the message of salvation and hope that He brought. She knew His repetition and that He welcomed everyone into the kingdom of God. Who knows, maybe she had even heard about the woman ‘caught’ in adultery or the woman at the well.

Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16 NKJV

“Go gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Romans 10:9 NKJV

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Acts 16:31 NKJV

“So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

III. Go To The Person That Can Save You

The prodigal son arose from his present lifestyle and went to His father.

Luke 15:20-22 NKJV

“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven

and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.”

The ‘sinful’ woman went to Jesus. The Holy Spirit had already began a transformation in her heart. Quiet possibly alone, at home, the woman experienced convection and true repentance. She had already had a ‘heart change’ before she went to the house to anoint Jesus’ feet. Because of her ‘new heart’ she wanted to let Jesus know how much she loved Him and what He meant to her (worship).

Esther went directly to the king to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people. She did not send a message to him by someone else, she went personally to the king. Esther knew that her life would be put in danger by going to the king personally. At first Esther was not willing to do what she knew that she had to do. She did not want to go to the king. Then Esther realized that if she did not go to the king that she would be separated from his presence forever by death.

Esther 4:13 NKJV

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: ‘Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. 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?’ ”

Many times we are like Esther – when the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the king (God) for salvation, we think of excuses not to go. We are afraid of loosing our own life. But the truth is, if we don’t go to the king (God) for salvation we will be separated from His presence forever.

At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into (from the top to the bottom) by God.

Matthew 27:50-51 NKJV

“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.”

Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. There is no man, church or religion that has the power (or authority) to save you. You can’t send word by someone else that you want salvation. Salvation is a personal thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

Hebrews 10:19-20 NKJV

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus”

1 John 1:9 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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Review

1. What is the first step to worshiping God?

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2. Worship is a lifestyle. What does that mean?

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3. As the prodigal son was at the _____________ ____________ in his life he realized that he had sinned against God and against his father.

4. Sometimes people have to go through a lot of bad things and hard times before they will admit that they had sinned and that they need God. Why is this?

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5.Who convicts us of sin?

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6. Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. What might have happened to her if the plot had been effective?

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7. Every person born is in danger of separation from the King (God) because of _______.

8. Who has sinned?

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9. The first step to salvation is ____________________that you have sinned.

10. How is God like the prodigal son’s father?

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11. The prodigal son ….

* admitted that he had _____________ against his father and against God.

* knew who could ___________ him.

* knew that his ________________ was in a position to help him.

12. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. How is this truth accepted in our world today?

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13. In John 14:6, what did Jesus say?

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14. Esther did not send a _________________ to the king by someone else, she went personally to the king himself.

15. What are some excesses that people give for not accepting Jesus as their Savior?

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16. At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into (from the top to the bottom) by God. What does this mean for us today?

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17. There is no __________, church or _______________ that has the power (or authority) to save you.

18. What wonderful promise are we given in 1 John 1:9 ?

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “Relationships Change Circumstances”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Esther 4:13-14 NKJV

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. 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?”

How do these verses apply to my life?

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2. Esther 5:1-2 NKJV

“Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house. So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.”

How do these verses apply to my life?

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Accepting and Preparing

ACCEPTING AND PREPARINGMemory Verse: 1 Peter 1:15

Life Application: We are to be holy in all our conduct.

Bible Text:

1 Peter 1:15

Esther 4:7-8

1 John 1:8

Romans 3:23

Romans 6:23

Esther 4:16

John 14:6

Romans 10:9

Acts 16:31

Esther 4:13

Matthew 27:51

Hebrews 10:19-20

1 John 1:9

2 Peter 3:11-13

Luke 3:8

1 Peter 1:13-15

Philippians 1:27

 

Realize The Danger

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them.

Esther 4:7-8 NKJV

“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

Every person born is in danger of separation from God because of sin. Every person has sinned. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.) You must realize and admit that you have sinned.

1 John 1:8 NKJV

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 6:23 NKJV

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Know Who Can Save

Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16 NKJV

““Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Romans 10:9 NKJV

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Acts 16:31 NKJV

“So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Go To The Person Save

Esther went directly to the king to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people. She did not send a message to him by someone else. She went personally to the king.

Esther knew her life would be put in danger by going to the king personally. At first Esther was not willing to do what she knew that she had to do. She did not go to the king. Then Esther realize that if she did not go to the king that she would be separated from His presence forever by death.

Esther 4:13 NKJV

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.”

Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of excuses not to go. We are afraid of loosing our own life. But the truth is, if we don’t go to the King (God) for salvation we will be separated from His presence forever.

At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Matthew 27:51 NKJV

“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the blood of Jesus. There is no man, church, or religion that has the power, or authority, to save you. You can’t send word by someone else that you want salvation. Salvation is a personal thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

Hebrews 10:19-20 NKJV

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh”

1 John 1:9 NKJV

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Prepare To Go Before The King

2 Peter 3:11-13 NKJV

Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Luke 3:8 NKJV

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…”

When we accept Christ as our Savior we must prepare to be His bride. Just like Esther there is a preparation period. Our preparation period is from the moment that we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior to the moment that we stand before Him.

1 Peter 1:13-15 NKJV

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;
but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct”

Philippians 1:27 NKJV

“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel”

How are you preparing yourself to stand before your King? What are you putting on? A few things that we should put on, just to name a few, are: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, longsuffering, kindness, meekness, self-control, obedience, humility, brokenness.

 

Review

1. Esther was made aware of the fact that the _________ lives were in danger.

2. Every person born is in danger of _______________________ from God because of sin.

3. Every person has sinned. What is sin?

4. Esther knew that the king held the __________________ to save them.

5. It is only through _____________ blood that our sins are washed away.

6. Esther went directly to the ____________ to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people.

7. The ___________ __________ draws us to the King (God) for salvation.

8. At Jesus’ death the __________ in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

9. Does religion have the power or authority to save you?

10. When we accept Christ as our Savior we must prepare to be His ____________.

11. How are you preparing yourself to stand before your King?

 

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August 20- Review and Reflections

August 20- Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading

Esther 8:1-10:3

1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13

Proverbs 21:23-24

 

Review and Reflections

1. Read Esther 8:1-17. King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the ____________ of Haman.

Mordecai was given the king’s _____________  _____________, which he had taken from Haman.

Esther appointed __________________ over the house of Haman.

Esther asked the king to counteract the decree that Haman  had written against the Jews. Why could the king not revoke the decree?

 

Esther was instructed to write a decree concerning the Jews, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring. What did this decree do – what was the purpose of this decree?

 

 

2. Read Esther 9:1-17. Mordecai was great in the king’s palace, and his ____________ spread throughout all the provinces.

God gave the Jews rest and ____________________ from their enemies.

On the fourteenth of the month the Jews rested and made it a day of __________________ and __________________.

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3. Read Esther 9:18-32. Why was this yearly feast /festival established?

 

What was this feast / festival called?

 

 

4. Read Esther 10:1-3. Mordecai was second in _________________ to King Ahasuerus.

 

 

5. Read 1 Corinthians 12:27-31. God has appointed these in the church: first _________________, second ________________, third ________________, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.

What is an apostle?

 

What is a prophet?

 

What is a teacher?

 

The best gift is the one that is _______________ at the time.

 

 

6. Read 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. God has given us wonderful gifts, however these gifts mean nothing if we do not walk in __________.

 

Love …

* suffers ____________ and is kind.

* does not __________- it isn’t jealous.

* does not parade itself, is not ____________ up.
* does not behave _______________ and does not seek its own.

* is not provoked and thinks no ____________.
* does not rejoice in iniquity, but _________________ in the truth.
* bears all things, ______________ all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

* never ____________ – it doesn’t end and it won’t let you down.

 

 

Believers should abide in faith, hope, love. Which of these three things is the greatest?

 

 

7. Read Proverbs 21:23-24. These verses show the importance of being careful of what you _______________.

What is arrogant pride?

 

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August 19- Review and Reflections

August 19- Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading

Esther 4:1-7:10

1 Corinthians 12:1-26

Proverbs 21:21-22

 

Review and Reflections

1. Read Esther 4:1-17. Why did Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes?

 

When Esther was told about Mordecai she sent garments to him. When Mordecai would not accept the clothes, then Esther sent one of the king’s ____________________ to learn what and why this was.

 

Mordecai …

* told Hathach all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the _____________.

* gave Hathach  a copy of the written _____________ for the Jews destruction.

* instructed Hathach to show the decree to Esther and command her to go in to the __________ to make supplication to him and plead for her people.

 

 

Did Esther immediately do what was asked of her?

 

Mordecai sent word to Esther saying, “Do not think in your heart that you will ____________ in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and __________________ 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 ___________________ for such a time as this?”

 

 

2. Read Esther 5:1-14. On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, across from the king’s house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house. How did the king respond to seeing Esther?

 

At the banquet the king said to Esther, “What is your petition? It shall be granted you. What is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!” What was Esther’s reply?

 

Haman went home and he sent for his friends and his wife Zeresh. Why?

 

What advice did his wife and his friends give him concerning Mordecai?

 

 

3. Read Esther 6:1-14. Why did the king have the book of the records of the chronicles read to him?

 

While listening to the reading, the king discovered that nothing was done to reward _____________________ for his part in saving his (the king’s) life.

What did the king ask Haman when he saw him?

 

Haman thought the king was talking about him so he said, “For the man whom the king delights to honor, let a ____________  ________ be brought which the king has worn, and a  ____________ on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head. Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble _______________, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king ____________ to honor!’”

Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, “Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!” How did this make Haman feel?

 

 

4. Read Esther 7:1-10. At the banquet the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!” What did Esther ask for this time?

 

Haman was _______________ When Esther said, “The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!”

What happened as Haman stood before Queen Esther pleading for his life?

 

The king thought Haman was assaulting Esther so they hung him on the gallows that he had prepared for __________________.

 

 

5. Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-11.No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the ______________  _____________.

 

There are…

* diversities of _____________, but the same Spirit.
* differences of ministries, but the same ________________.
* diversities of activities, but it is the same God who ___________ all in all.

 

Why is the manifestation of the Spirit given?

 

List the nine gifts given by the Holy Spirit mentioned in these verses.

 

The Holy Spirit gives to each one individually as _______ wills.

 

 

6. Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-26. Concerning the body of Christ…

* We were all _________________ into one body by one Spirit.

* God has set the __________________, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.

* There are many members, yet one __________.

* If one member suffers, all the members ______________.

* If one member is honored, all the members ________________.

 

 

7. Read Proverbs 21:21-22. A person who follows righteousness and ____________ finds life, righteousness and honor.

What is righteousness?

 

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August 18 – Review and Reflections

August 18 – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading

Esther 1:1-3:15

1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Proverbs 21:19-20

 

Review and Reflections

1. Read Esther 1:1-22. King Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in ________________ the citadel.

In what year of his reign did he make a feast for all his officials and servants?

 

During this feast he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the splendor of his excellent majesty for _____________ days.

After the feast for his officials and servants, he made a _____________ day feast for all the people who were present in Shushan.

Drinks were served in _________________ vessels, each vessel being different from the other.

Drinking was not compulsory- each person drank as ____________ or as little as they want.

What happened on the seventh day, when the king was drunk with wine?

 

Why did the king want Queen Vashti brought the people and the officials wearing her royal crown?

 

How did the king respond to Queen Vashti refusal?

 

How was Queen Vashti punished for disobey?

 

 

2. Read Esther 2:1-18. In order to provide a new wife for the king what did they do?

 

Who was Mordecai?

 

Mordecai had brought up Hadassah. Why?

 

What other name is Hadassah referred to as?

 

Esther was taken to the king’s ____________ along with many other young women.

Hegai the custodian of the women, was pleased with Esther and she found ____________ in his sight.

 

Hegai …

* gave _________________ preparations to Esther, besides her allowance.

* provided Esther with _______________ choice maidservants from the king’s palace.

* moved Ester and her maidservants to the _____________ place in the house of the women.

 

 

Why had Esther not revealed that she was Jewish?

 

The women had __________ months of beauty treatment.

After the women had completed their beauty preparations, what happened?

 

Prior to going in to the king each woman was given whatever she ____________ to take with her from the women’s quarters to the king’s palace.

What happened to the women after they had spent the night with the king?

 

When it was Esther’s turn to go and spend the night with the king, what did she ask for?

 

Esther obtained _______________ in the sight of all who saw her.

 

 

Esther was made queen and the king …

* made a great _____________, the Feast of Esther, for all his officials and servants.

* proclaimed a _______________in the provinces.

* generosity gave _______________.

 

 

3. Read Esther 2:19-23.What did Mordecai overhear as he sat in the king’s gate?

 

How did Mordecai respond to what he heard?

 

 

4. Read Esther 3:1-15.Haman was promoted to be above all the princes. What did he do that showed he was prideful?

 

Why was Haman filled with wrath toward Mordecai?

 

Haman sought to destroy all the ____________ who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.

How did Haman mislead the king concerning the Jewish people?

 

What was the significance of the king’s signet ring?

 

 

5. Read 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. The people were taking communion for all the wrong reasons. Their coming together was not for the ________________ but for the worse.

There were _______________ and factions among the people (in the church).

Some were taking communion to be seen – to be __________________________.

They did not take it together – the ________________ people were left out.

Some ate the bread to get full and some drank the _____________ to get drunk.

What does the bread represent?

 

What does the juice (drink) represent?

 

 

We receive communion…

* in _______________________ of Jesus.

* to proclaim the Lord’s ______________ and resurrection.

* to proclaim the Lord’s future ________________.

 

 

What does unworthy manner mean?

 

What does discern mean?

 

We must ____________________ ourselves before taking communion – are we taking it for the right reason.

 

 

6. Read Proverbs 21:19-20. What does contentious mean?

 

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Following Esther’s Example – Becoming A Child Of God

following esther's example    Following Esther’s Example – Becoming A Child Of God

 

I. Realize That You Are In Danger

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them.

Esther 4:7-8  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

     Every person born is in danger of separation from God because of sin. Every person has sinned. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.) You must realize and admit that you have sinned.

1 John 1:8  NKJV    

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

 

Romans 3:23  NKJV    

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

 

Romans 6:23  NKJV     “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

II. Know Who Can Save You.

Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16  NKJV    

“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

    We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6  NKJV   

  “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

 

Romans 10:9  NKJV    

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

 

Acts 16:31  NKJV    

“So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

III. Go To The Person That Can Save You.

Esther went directly to the king to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people. She did not send a message to him by someone else. She went personally to the king.

Esther knew her life would be put in danger by going to the king personally. At first Esther was not willing to do what she knew that she had to do. She did not go to the king. Then Esther realize that if she did not go to the king that she would be separated from His presence forever by death.

Esther 4:13  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.”

     Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of excuses not to go. We are afraid of loosing our own life. But the truth is, if we don’t go to the King (God) for salvation we will be separated from His presence forever.

At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Matthew 27:51  NKJV    

“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

     Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the blood of Jesus. There is no man, church, or religion that has the power, or authority, to save you. You can’t send word by someone else that you want salvation. Salvation is a personal thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

Hebrews 10:19-20  NKJV   

  “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh”

1 John 1:9  NKJV    

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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Purim – One Christian’s Perspective

purim one christians perspective

          Purim is a festival (holiday) from the book of Esther that celebrates God’s protection for His people. The word Purim is an Aramaic word meaning “lot”. Lots, somewhat like drawing straws, were chosen in the book of Esther to determine the date in which the Jews were to be destroyed. Haman, an enemy of the Jews, had sought to destroy them. Purim was instituted when God lead the enemies of His people to their own destruction. Purim is therefore about deliverance.

A Reminder of God’s Faithfulness.

The feast of Purim is an annual reminder of God’s faithful on behalf of His people. It is celebrated on the fourteenth and fifteenth day of Adar.

Esther 9:18 NKJV    

“But the Jews who were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day, as well as on the fourteenth; and on the fifteenth of the month they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. Therefore the Jews of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adar with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another.”

A Reminder of God’s Providence and Protection.

We can learn many things from the story of Esther and from the feast of Purim. As a child of God, we too, are in the hand of God’s providence and protection. God intervenes on our behalf. As we look back on our life we can see where God has been working on our behalf.

Psalm 37:23  NKJV   

  “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.”

     Just like the Jews in the book of Esther, we too, have an enemy that is out to destroy us.

I Peter 5:8  NKJV    

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversay the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

      God’s hand of providence and protection on behalf of His people is evident throughout the book of Esther even though His name does not appear once in the book. The hand of God, working on behalf of His people is seen throughout the entire book. God’s plan of deliverance saved the Jewish people from a plot to destroy them. Just like the Jewish people in Esther, God has planned a way of deliverance for us from Satan, our enemy too.

 

Celebrating God’s Promise To Preserve His Children.

Purim has evolved into a holiday about rejoicing. Traditionally on Purim the entire book of Esther is read from a megillah (scroll). As the book of Esther is read the children make a noise with a noise maker every time the name of Haman is read. Also, the name of Haman may be written on the bottom of their shoes and then they stomp their every time the name of Haman is read.

Purim plays are popular. The story of Esther can be acted out in many different ways, and the people really have fun doing it.

A custom of Purim is , Mishloach Manot, the sending of gifts. It is very popular and important. These gifts usually take the form of festively wrapped food to your friends and gifts to the poor.

Children around the world celebrate Purim in many different ways. Sometimes children celebrate Purim by dressing up as Queen Esther, Mordecai, and Haman and parading through the streets. People sometime wear costumes on Purim because Esther had to keep her identity a secret when she first became queen. Some people have a bonfire and burn a replica of Haman

Jewish children in Russia make a  “snowHaman”, After the Purim seudah the entire community gather around the “snowHaman” and burn rags and wood at its feet until the snow is melted.

In Yemen, for Purim the children build a life-sized “Haman” scarecrow. They dress it in colorful tattered  clothes and silly decorations are stuck to it. The “Haman” is placed on a wooden horse. Then the children lead the “Haman” through the streets calling out “This is what will be done to the wicked Haman.”

In Tunisia all the children make figures of Haman. The younger ones use paper, the older children use rags, straw and old clothes to build life-size dummies. All the families gather by the school house. A bonfire is built in the school yard and one by one the children will throw their “Haman” into the blaze. Afterwards, salt and sulfur are poured over the fire and the children take sticks and beat the fire, crying out, “Long live Mordechai, cursed be Haman, blessed be Esther.”

In Afghanistan Jewish children draw pictures and make cut-outs of Haman on wooden board and cardboard. During the megillah reading they throw these pictures on the floor and stomp on them and make a lot of noise when they hear the name “Haman.” When the reading is finished, the adults lift the carpet and children jump up and down just in case Haman is hiding there.

Purim usually ends with a party that includes a lot of music and good food, including a special triangle-shaped cookie called Hammentashen (Haman’s ears).

No matter how you may choose to celebrate Purim, you should always remember that God’s promise to preserve His children cannot be overcome. God is in control, even while He is concealed,

What We Can Learn From The Book Of Esther.

* God will lead our enemies to their own destruction.

* When we take time to find out what the King of Kings likes, what pleases Him, we will find favor in His sight.

* We must prepare ourselves to go into our Kings presence.

* When we take time to find out what our King likes and prepare ourselves to go into His presence, we will be able to be used by Him to deliver others.

* We must be properly clothed (we must cloth ourselves with the righteousness of Christ) – we must prepare ourselves to look like the bride of Christ.

* As we stand before our King, properly clothed and prepared, we will not be separated from His presence by death.

* God’s promise to preserve His children cannot be overcome.

* God is in control, even while He is concealed.

* God is faithful to His people.

* As a child of God, we are in the hand of God’s providence and protection.

* God intervenes on our behalf, even when we are unaware of it.

* You must realize that you are in danger, know who can save you, then go to the person that can save you. Our salvation comes only from God, through Jesus Christ.

* We should never stop rejoicing in the salvation that God has given us.

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