An Ancient Evil Redivivus Anti-Semitism in Persia/Iran.
Esther. March 8, 2012.
March 7-8 marks the celebration of the Jewish festival Purim, a non-biblical feast day remembering God's deliverance of the Jewish people in ancient Persia. Today we face a revival of that ancient evil of anti-Semitism. In this overview of the book of Esther we can understand that principles from this ancient time are just as obvious and applicable in our time. Anti-Semitism during Esther’s time, manufactured by one man’s egomania, jealousy, and hate threatens to annihilate the entire Jewish population. Learn how circumstances under God’s control bring Esther to the throne as queen. Her courageous decision to become involved in the solution is instrumental in saving her people from complete destruction. Man may invent His own plans to counter God’s promises, but God is in control and His plans will be carried out.
We live in a time of the very real and dangerous threat of anti-Semitism. God’s plan to protect His people in order to bring about His plan will be realized in spite of man’s efforts to stop Him. While God will accomplish His purposes anyway, we have the opportunity to be used by God in an informed way in a political process that will cause our voices to be heard. Like Esther, we too may be put in a position to be used by God “in such a time as this.” In this lesson Pastor Dean also reports on his recent trip to the national AIPAC policy conference in Washington DC and provides some analysis of the anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in Iran and the world today.