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God turns the tables!

Scripture reading for May 15: Esther 5-7

“If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him.” Proverbs 26:27 “An evil man is snared by his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad.” Proverbs 29:6

We must be careful when we plot revenge.  All judgment and vengeance is the Lord’s.  (Romans 12:19)  The Lord has a way of turning the tables on those who seek revenge and plot evil.  He has ways of protecting those who are innocent and those who are serving Him. 

Haman was thrilled with his position and his influence!  He boasted to his wife and friends of his good fortune and how he was the only one invited to meet with Queen Esther for a banquet.  (Nehemiah 6:1-12)  He was happy, except for one fly in the ointment: Mordecai the Jew would not show him honor by bowing before him!  He complained to his wife and friends who proposed a plan to hang Mordecai on a gallows 75 feet high!  This would have been high enough to display the execution above the walls of the city!  He had the gallows built and was ready for the next day.

But God was moving silently behind the scenes.  The king could not sleep, so he had the chronicles of his reign read to him.  He heard the story of a foiled plot to assassinate him–a plot Mordecai had exposed, thus saving his life.  He asked what had been done for this man and found out it had been overlooked.  He asked who might be in the court to honor Mordecai, and providentially, Haman had just walked in.  The king asked him what he would do to honor someone special to the king.  Thinking it was him to be honored, Haman proposed a grand public honor and was shocked when the king told him to honor Mordecai!  God turned the tables deftly and quickly!

The end of the story finds Haman hanged on the gallows he built for Mordecai after being exposed as the one seeking to kill off all Jews, including the Queen!  It may look as if the wicked get by with their schemes, but not in the end!  Do you have thoughts of revenge or plans to get even?  Why not forgive and turn the table back toward God’s mercy before He turns the tables on you?

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God’s righteous judgment

Scripture reading for June 21st: 2nd Thessalonians 1

Key Scriptures: 2nd Thessalonians 1:5-10 “This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering–since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His might, when He comes on that day to be glorified in His saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed.”

God’s judgment is always righteous! It will not be perverted by prejudice towards race or social status. It will not be based on favoritism or on good works or family history. Those receiving the vengeance of a righteous and holy God will be those who have rejected His offer of mercy and righteousness through His Son, Jesus Christ. Those rejecting God’s offer of grace will suffer eternal punishment and destruction in the Lake of Fire away from the glory and presence of God. Those accepting Christ Jesus by faith will be granted relief from the suffering experienced on earth and also be able to see the punishment of the wicked who oppressed and afflicted them. They will see the Lord Jesus when He is revealed from heaven in flaming fire. They will glorify Jesus Christ and marvel at Him in His eternal glory and majesty! What a day that will be for those believing in Christ the Lord!

1st Thessalonians 1:11-12 “To this end we always pray, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the Name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for righteous judgment and the grace You offered me and all who will receive it by faith. Thank You for Your righteous vengeance that will repay all those who afflict the righteous in unbelief. Open doors for me today to share Your amazing love and grace with those heading for judgment without a Savior.

Revelation 19:11 “Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The One sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.”

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Thankful for God’s Justice!

Scripture reading for March 22nd:  1st Samuel 24-28

Key Scriptures:  1st Samuel 26:8-11 “Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands.  No let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of my spear; I won’t strike him twice.”  But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him!  Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?  As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “the Lord Himself will strike him; either his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed.”

David refused to take King Saul’s life, even though he was trying to kill him. He knew that he was God’s anointed authority and God alone was qualified to deal with him.

Thankful for God’s justice:  God alone knows the heart of each person and all vengeance belongs to Him!  “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written, “It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.”  (Romans 12:17-19)

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