Sunday, May 18th, 2014
Beautiful! Like Esther (Part 21)
Beauty Ingredients: Power
Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority...
Esther 9:29 (NKJV)
Now all the acts of his power and his might, and the account of the greatness of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia?
Esther 10:2 (NKJV)
Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power; In holy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to You as the dew.
Psalms 110:3 (NASB)
Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy splendor, your young men will come to you like dew from the morning's womb.
Psalm 110:3 (NIV)
In the Old Testament, God gave His power to select men and women. Esther and Mordecai were two. Wars were frequent and frightening. Occasionally, God revealed the spiritual foundation of fighting--as He did to Elisha's servant when the Syrian army surrounded them:
'And his servant said to him, 'Alas, my master! What shall we do?' '
'So he answered, 'Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.' And Elisha prayed, and said, 'Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.' Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha' (2 Kings 6:15-17).
In the New Testament, Jesus offered His power to everyone. He not only removed the veil between God and man, but he unmasked the enemy. Satan was revealed as the spiritual foundation of every battle: personal, professional and national.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider Psalm 110.* It's a short one about Jesus, war and you: His volunteer army. You are new. You are beautiful. You are holy. Your destiny is to cover the earth like fresh dew, like a gentle flood: a flood that kisses and does not kill; a flood that cleans and does not condemn.
Because finger-pointing must stop. Because Satan, 'The accuser of our brethren' (Revelation 12:10), is the power behind every framing finger. Because Satan, 'That ancient serpent' (Revelation 12:9), is the power behind every hissing tongue.
Because Satan, 'The God of this world' (2 Corinthians 4:4), is the power behind every lovely idol. Because Satan, 'The tempter' (Matthew 4:3), is the power behind every deadly addiction. Because Satan, 'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2), controls media.
But God has stepped onto the set (or more specifically, set-up) for you! So, take your rightful positions in this righteous spiritual war. Jesus gave you the Power:
'Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you' (Luke 10:19).
To Be Continued...
* Psalm 110: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%20110&version=NKJV
* Psalm 110 commentaries are lengthy because of its importance, but also amazing--especially concerning Verse 3, which is about you! http://biblehub.com/commentaries/psalms/110-3.htm
Consider a few excerpts:
McClaren's Expositions: 'The King is going forth to conquest. But He goes not alone. Behind Him come His faithful followers, all pressing on with willing hearts and high courage. Then, to begin with, the warfare which He wages is one not confined to Him. Alone He offers the sacrifice by which He atones; but, as we shall see, we too are priests. He rules, and His servants rule with Him. But ere that time comes, they are to be joined with Him in the great warfare by which He wins the earth for Himself. ‘As Captain of the Lord’s host am I now come.’ He wins no conquests for Himself; and now that He is exalted at God’s right hand, He wins none by Himself. We have to do His work, we have to fight His battles as good soldiers of Jesus Christ ...'
' ‘Youth’ here is a collective noun, equivalent to ‘young men.’ The host of His soldier-subjects is described as a band of young warriors whom He leads, in their fresh strength and countless numbers and gleaming beauty, like the dew of the morning.'
Gill's Exposition: 'It is remarkable that the Hebrew words for 'dew' and 'a lamb' are near in sound. Young converts are Christ's lambs; they are Christ's youth, and the dew of it; they are regenerated by the grace of God, comparable to dew, of which they are begotten to a lively hope of heaven; and which, distilling upon them, makes them fruitful in good works; and who for their numbers, and which I take to be the thing chiefly designed by this figure, are like to the drops of the dew; which in great profusion is spread over trees, herbs, and plants, where it hangs in drops innumerable: and such a multitude of converts is here promised to Christ...'
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beautiful Like Esther series.