Friday, November 22, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 22 November 2019

The Gallows
Then the king Ahasuerus answered and said unto Esther the queen, Who is he, and where is he, that durst presume in his heart to do so? And Esther said, The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman. Then Haman was afraid before the king and the queen. And the king arising from the banquet of wine in his wrath went into the palace garden: and Haman stood up to make request for his life to Esther the queen; for he saw that there was evil determined against him by the king. Then the king returned out of the palace garden into the place of the banquet of wine; and Haman was fallen upon the bed whereon Esther was. Then said the king, Will he force the queen also before me in the house? As the word went out of the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face. And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon. So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king's wrath pacified.(Esther 7:5-10)

Today’s Morsel:  I’m afraid that if we are not careful, we can allow the media to taint us so badly that we start to think evil of others because of their wicked ways and methods. We are warned to not allow evil to get into our hearts less it destroys us (My wording).  We must let the mind of Christ always be in us.  Jesus did not come to destroy life, He came to save life.  And now we are the anointed ones for the same purpose.  We must have compassion on some and make a difference on others. Haman desired to destroy all the Jews because of one man, Mordecai, who would not bow to him.  He allowed his position and pride along with his hate to get into his heart.  And so he desired to hang Mordecai from the high gallows which he had built.  But his envy and hate destroyed himself on those very gallows.  James tells us, “But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.(James 3:14-16)  The quickest way to destroy yourself is to have hate in your heart against someone else.

Sing: We have heard the joyful sound, Jesus saves, Jesus save.  Spread the news across the land, Jesus saves, Jesus saves.

Thought For Today: Keep your heart pure.

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