July 13, read through the Bible in a year.

Today we read one chapter of second Corinthians and four chapters of Esther.

July 13: 2 Corinthians 10, Esther 4, Esther5, Esther 6, Esther7 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

2 Corinthians 10. This is a spiritual war For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.”  Paul defines his authority and the limits of his authority, it is all in Christ “But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Esther 4, Mordecai persuaded Esther to risk her life to save the Jews, and Esther’s response was “If I perish, I perish

Esther 5, Esther prepared for a banquet with only her, the King and Haman in attendance. Meanwhile Haman’s rage against Mordecai was so great that he had built a seventy-five feet high gallows, on which to hang Mordecai.

Esther 6. As it so happened, the king had a case of insomnia. To become drowsy he had the annals read to him, which told that Mordecai had averted a coup. During the banquet the king wanted to honor somebody, so rather than Haman, Mordecai was honored.

Esther 7. And so it was, Haman was hanged on the gallows he had built for Mordecai.

 

Esther 7, Haman hanged.

Esther 7, Haman hanged.

God’s name is never mentioned in Esther, not even once! Neither is worship, prayer or sacrifice. The Name of God appears in code in the name of the main actors. Is this coincidence or is the book written to hide its true nature as a sacred writing?

The hand of God is everywhere in the book.

Back to the main script. Everything is proceeding matter-of -factly.