Matthew 28: 18-20
When posts are read that are published in the blog, “Values”, it is clear to most believers in Christ that there are not many scriptures, or references to scripture, contained in any of its posts. As followers of Christ, we have been directed by our Lord to make disciples of all nations, “teaching and baptizing,” in the NAME of “God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit” (God is not a ghost). But, sometimes the front door of fulfilling the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20/Acts 1:8) is blocked, with no way of entry. So, sometimes, we must go in through “the side door,” or we must even have to go around to “the back door,” to be able to deliver the message of salvation in Christ, by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8).
Matthew 28:18-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
God has blessed me with many social media followers and friends who reside in nations in all four corners of the earth. There are probably more followers in foreign lands, which is a an accomplishment that could only have come through the leading of God’s Holy Spirit. Most followers are friendly, especially in Russia and in Arabic nations. But, there are some people who are very rude and provide vulgar and other offensive comments. Still, we have been told by Christ to reach out to those people, which is the stimulus for this blog (Culture-Arts-Technology).
“Values” posts have been more easily delivered and received by people who, in past times, using traditional Christian jargon, told me to “leave them alone.” One man even told me to kill myself.
In the current series of posts on the nation of Israel, I am attempting to making a case for the importance of “God’s chosen people” (Deuteronomy 7:6, Zechariah 2:8), in a world that has treated the bloodline of the Messiah/ Christ, with great violence and hostility. Even today, the liberal news media takes the side of anyone who is attacking Israel. It is my encouragement that anyone who reads this article will check out “Values.”
The book of Esther does not have the Name of God written in it, at all. Still, the Presence of God, “Elohim,” is very obvious. Consider the following comment from the MacArthur Study Bible, as it relates to God’s Presence in the Book of Esther.
Background and Setting
Esther occurred during the Persian period of world history, ca. 539 B.C. (Dan. 5:30, 31) to ca. 331 B.C. (Dan. 8:1–27). Ahasuerus ruled from ca. 486 to 465 B.C.; Esther covers the 483–473 B.C. portion of his reign. The name Ahasuerus represents the Heb. transliteration of the Persian name “Khshayarsha,” while “Xerxes” represents his Gr. name.
The events of Esther occurred during the wider time span between the first return of the Jews after the 70 year captivity in Babylon (Dan. 9:1–19) under Zerubbabel ca. 538 B.C. (Ezra 1–6) and the second return led by Ezra ca. 458 B.C. (Ezra 7–10). Nehemiah’s journey (the third return) from Susa to Jerusalem (Neh. 1–2) occurred later (ca. 445 B.C.).
Esther and Exodus both chronicle how vigorously foreign powers tried to eliminate the Jewish race and how God, through His sovereignty, preserved His people in accordance with His covenant promise to Abraham ca. 2100–2075 B.C. (Gen. 12:1–3; 17:1–8). As a result of God’s prevailing, Esther 9, 10 records the beginning of Purim—a new annual festival in the 12th month (Feb.–Mar.) to celebrate the nation’s survival. Purim became one of two festivals given outside of the Mosaic legislation to still be celebrated in Israel (Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, is the other, cf. John 10:22).
Historical and Theological Themes
All 167 verses of Esther have ultimately been accepted as canonical, although the absence of God’s name anywhere has caused some to unnecessarily doubt its authenticity.
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