Sunday, March 26, 2017

Esther 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is Esther 3. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • If we are looking at Esther as a Disney story, chapter 3 is when we get a sense of who the villain is...Haman. He couldn't stand that Mordecai wouldn't kneel for him, and rather than ignoring it, his pride wouldn't let him and Haman formulates a plan to not only kill Haman, but the entire Jewish race. 

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Have you ever noticed that some people in your life forgive you quickly? Then there are others who get mad and hold a grudge for days, weeks, a lifetime. Their pride is hurt and they're not about to forgive you. Haman was like that. He thought Mordecai had insulted him, and he held such a grudge he plotted to wipe out the whole Jewish race. He didn't succeed, but hold that grudge was was the sign of a hateful and wicked man. 

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • God doesn't hold grudges when you do something wrong. God is eager to forgive. And God is eager for those who follow him to follow his example of forgiveness and to not hold grudges. Who is in your life that you need to forgive? Maybe you've been holding a grudge for days, weeks, months...what freedom would you experience if you offered forgiveness?