Sun, Nov 21, 2021
Two months have passed since Haman's execution. And yet, Haman's edict to exterminate the Jews remains a threat. Esther again musters her courage, approaches the king, as requests his mercy. She asks the king to write a new edict reversing the first. He grants Mordecai permission to write an edict allowing the Jews to defend themselves. He does and sends it to every province in Persia. This good news makes the Jews joyful. God has preserved his people; they celebrate in kind.
Sun, Nov 07, 2021
Duration: 43 mins 45 secs
King Xerxes cannot sleep. This minor detail begins a turn of events that reverses the fortune of Mordecai, Queen Esther, and the Jewish people. Meanwhile, Haman enters the king's court after spending the night erecting a large stake to crucify Mordecai on. Before can get permission from the king to carry out his plan, Xerxes asks Mordecai what he should do to honor a man he delights in. Haman, a classic narcissist, things the king speaks of him. He does not. He intends to honor Mordecai for an earlier, overlooked act of valor. Haman's narcissism is exposed. His dramatic fall begins. Narcissism never ends well. We all must beware of it, forgetting ourselves, and looking to Jesus.
Sun, Oct 24, 2021
Duration: 44 mins 38 secs
Mordecai and Esther communicate through various servants after she learns of his public display of affliction. She cannot persuade him to change clothes and silence his grief. Instead, Mordecai vents his anger about Haman's plot and tries to command Esther to take action. She agrees but on her own terms. She will not be managed. She will seize the moment God has given her. This focuses on God's providence and human responsibility.
Sun, Aug 09, 2020
Duration: 39 mins 59 secs
Jonah grouses with God. He's angry, ranting, raging. Twice he expresses his desire to die. God listens, asks, questions, and gets the last word. Jonah ends with a question about concerns. What concerns Jonah? What concerns us? Sadly, our anger blinds us to others as image-bearers in need of God's mercy. Anger riles us up, wears us out, and exposes our fragility. What we need is a long look at God's large love to turn our anger away.
Sun, Nov 17, 2019
Naomi and Ruth hatch a plan and get to work. So does God (did He ever stop?). The Moabitess starts gleaning and "happens" on Boaz's field. This noble relative of Naomi quickly takes Ruth under his wing because of her active faith. Boaz protects her, promotes her, and provides for her needs. The solution to her and Naomi's hunger problem stems from God's providence, her diligence, and Boaz's generosity. When many hands work together, God brings much good from it.