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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Esther 4:13, 14

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"THE ETERNAL PURPOSES OF GOD"
I. GOD HAS A PLAN FOR THE WORLD.
A. World events are under His control.
1. He appoints the rulers.
2. Nebuchadnezzer.
B. You are included in God's plan.
1. He has certain purposes He wants you to fulfill.
2. He is now preparing you for a future work.
a. "Thou hast beset me before & behind..."
3. Looking back, can trace the hand of God.
4. His purposes begin long before we are aware of them.
C. We look at Queen Esther.
1. God had been preparing her for and bringing her to the Kingdom for such a time as this.
2. She was chosen Queen.
3. She was a Jewess but had not revealed it.
4. Her cousin Mordecai who had raised her after she had been orphaned, incurred the wrath of Haman 2nd in command.
a. Haman was on a power trip.
1. Brought to his attention that Mordecai refused to bow to him.
2. His ego couldn't handle that.
3. Devised a decree that all the Jews should be exterminated.
D. It was God's eternal purpose that through the Hebrew people the Messiah should be born.
1. Here 500 years before His birth, Satan is trying to thwart the plan of God by the extermination of the Jews.
2. God knew of Satan's plan and so had His people located in their place.
3. No way can the Jewish people be destroyed.
II. ESTHER'S MOMENT OF DESTINY HAD COME.
A. She must intercede with her husband for her people.
1. Because of the strict laws of the Persian court, she hesitated going in to him.
2. Should anyone come in uninvited, unless he raised his scepter to them, they were executed.
B. Her cousin Mordecai pointed out the alternatives.
1. If she goes in she might perish.
2. If she doesn't go in she will surely perish.
III. GOD'S PURPOSES WILL NOT FAIL.
A. You may fail, His purposes cannot fail.
1. "There enlargement and deliverance shall arise."
2. God will save His people.
3. You have been given the opportunity to be the instrument through which God will work.
4. If you fail you will be set aside, and God's purposes will be fulfilled by other agencies.
God will fulfill His eternal purpose.
You have the privilege of being the vessel He uses.
If you will yield your life to be used by Him, then He will reward you as though you were responsible for the results.
Esther made her commitment and was used by God as the instrument to preserve His people.
Sermon Notes for Esther 4:13, 14 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Esther 4:13, 14 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Nehemiah 1 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Job 1:20-22 Next Book →
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