Thursday, September 25, 2008

Taking to much

September 24, 2008

Esther 9:16 MKJV
(16) But the rest of the Jews in the king's provinces gathered themselves and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and killed seventy-five thousand of their foes. But they did not lay their hands on the spoil.

This verse shows an important step in Christian growth. As a population, the Jewish people had the right to take the land and possessions of the people who hated and attacked them after they killed them. The King had decreed it. So why didn't they take what was rightfully theirs to take?

Sometimes in our life we have to use wisdom. Because someone else has done us wrong does not give us the right to wrong them worse. While it is true that they were attacked and had to defend themselves, it did not mean that they had to take what was not theirs.

You may have people who have wronged you in your life. Maybe it was the person that you were married to, maybe an old boss, could be anyone. You have a right to defend yourself against their accusations, but you do not have the right to ruin theirs. Deep inside you may want to but it is not the right thing to do. No one would fault you if you did it. But Gd knows and in the final judgment you would have to defend your actions.

Read through the Bible in historical order
Esther 6:1-10:3
Ezra 7:1-10:44
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