God is never explicitly mentioned in Esther, but we don't need to see miracles to see God at work.
Everyone in the story of Esther is flawed, but God orchestrated everything for his own glory and purposes.
We should celebrate God's grace for us on the cross, just as the Jews celebrated God's grace during the reign of King Xerxes.
God is good, wise, and in control.
Jonah and the Whale
If we look at old testament bible stories from a scientific lens, some things become hard to justify, but if we really believe God is the creator of the universe, these things should be nothing compared to the rest of what he has done.
We either have big problems and a small God, or small problems and a big God.
The fish that swallowed Jonah was salvation, not a punishment. It spit him back in his hometown to give him a second chance to follow God's command. God doesn't want to force us down a path.
When the Ninevites repented of their sins and God forgave them, Jonah was furious, even though his job is to bring people back to God.
If the Lord forgives us, and we don't take it into our hearts, we are blind to forgiving others for the same things.
Pastor Preston Lee
In the beginning God creates a paradise for Adam, but he sins, leading to the flood.
Noah is there at the start of the new world, but he falls into sin as well.
Noah is like the new Adam, starting in a new world, only to succumb to sin.
Knowing this, God still made a covenant with Noah, instead of starting all over. Why?
God made us in his image. To erase that would be erasing his mark on this world.
God gave Noah the covenant, knowing that he would sin.
This is similar to how Jesus washed his disciples feet, knowing they would all fail him when he was taken to the cross.
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