06 Apr 2013 Service – Phil Pringle
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Rom 8:28
There are many miracles in history that God has turned around!
5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] Heb 13:5 [AMP]
20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. Gen 50:20 [NLT]
Haman was angry that Mordecai would not bow to him, and plotted a plan to destroy not only him, but all the Jews. He made the King sign such a decree, and the Jews began to mourn as the news spread. When Esther heard of Mordecai’s mourning and the news, she requested to have a banquet with the King and Haman [in an attempt to salvage the situation], and Haman was delighted, unaware. Meanwhile, he made a gallows, for Mordecai to be hanged on it.
That same night, the King could not sleep. So he went to read the records of the chronicles and found out about the plot of Bigthana and Teresh that Mordecai had exposed, saving the King Ahasuerus. He wanted to honor Mordecai, and asked Haman, who was outside waiting to tell the King to hang Mordecai on the gallows, what shall be done for the man whom the King delights to honor.
Haman thought he was referring to him, and replied “For the man whom the king delights to honor, let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head. Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king’s most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!’
Then the King said to him, do it for Mordecai, and he did so, while feeling furious inside. After doing so, he went to the banquet with Esther and the King. At the banquet, Esther exposed Haman of his wicked deeds, and the King sentenced Haman to be hanged, on the very gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.
Then, Esther told the King that Mordecai was related to her, and the King took his signet ring and gave it to Mordecai and appointed him over the house of Haman, and also gave him power to write a decree concerning the Jews, as he pleases in the King’s name and signet ring. So Mordecai wrote, and by these letters the king permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives—to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions.
The Jews had light and gladness, joy and honor. And in every province and city, wherever the king’s command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday. Then many of the people of the land became Jews, because fear of the Jews fell upon them.
Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because he was excellent, and the King Darius greatly favoured him, so they wanted to get rid of him but could find no fault in Daniel. So they devised a plan to make him fall, concerning the law of his God. They tricked the King into establishing a decree that no man shall pray to any god or man for thirty days except to the King, or shall be cast into the den of lions.
Then, they waited for Daniel to pray as they knew it was in his customs, and caught him red-handed. The King, although sad and reluctant, had to throw Daniel into the den of lions as the decree may not be changed.
The King could not sleep, and went out very early in the morning to check on Daniel. He was relieved when he found out that God had delivered Daniel and stopped the mouths of the lion. So Daniel was taken out of the lion’s den, and those who had accused Daniel were cast into the dens of lions, them, their children and their wives, and the lions devoured all of them instantly.
King Darius then wrote a letter to all nations under him, making a decree that all men shall worship the God of Daniel., for He is the living God. And thousands more came to know the Lord God and worshipped Him.
Know that regardless of your situation, God can turn it around! Because all things work together for good for those who love God!