The Threat


The Threat

April 25, 2021

Ed Traverse

Faith in the face of the threat




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Life is full of compromising situations

Esther 3:1-4

After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman the Agagite, the son of Hammedatha, and advanced him and set his throne
above all the officials who were with him.  2  And all the king's servants who were at the king's gate bowed down and paid homage to Haman, for the
king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai did not bow down or pay homage.  3  Then the king's servants who were at the king's gate said
to Mordecai, “Why do you transgress the king's command?”  4  And when they spoke to him day after day and he would not listen to them, they told
Haman, in order to see whether Mordecai's words would stand, for he had told them that he was a Jew.

We all face unknown threats

Esther 3:5-6
5  And when Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow down or pay homage to him, Haman was filled with fury.  6  But he disdained [a]  to
lay hands on Mordecai alone. So, as they had made known to him the people of Mordecai, Haman sought to destroy [b]  all the Jews, the people of
Mordecai, throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.

Some threats are too big to fathom

Esther 3:13-15
13  Letters were sent by couriers to all the king's provinces with instruction to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all Jews, young
and old, women and children, in one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their goods.  14  A copy of
the document was to be issued as a decree in every province by proclamation to all the peoples to be ready for that day.  15  The couriers went out
hurriedly by order of the king, and the decree was issued in Susa the citadel. And the king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was
thrown into confusion.