5/14/20 Never Give Up 永不放棄

Esther 以斯帖 5-7.

Esther 7:Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs in attendance on the king, said, “Moreover, the gallows that Haman has prepared for Mordecai, whose word saved the king, is standing at Haman’s house, fifty cubits high.” And the king said, “Hang him on that.”  10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the wrath of the king abated.

以斯帖 7:有一個伺候王名叫哈波拿的太監說:「看哪,哈曼還為那報告給王、救王有功的末底改做了一個五十肘高的木架,現今立在哈曼的家裏。」王說:「把哈曼掛在木架上。」 10 於是哈曼被掛在他為末底改所預備的木架上;王的憤怒才平息了。

Haman’s wicked scheme to kill the entire race of the Jews ended in humiliation as he was hanged “on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai”. What a dramatic turn in just a short two days! At first, “Esther’s wise and timely delay allow[ed] the Divine Director to stage Haman’s exit” (YourDailyWalk). Then God caused the king to be unable to sleep and to suddenly have the desire to read the chronicles which reminded him of the good deeds of Mordecai.(6:1) At the end, the whole situation turned an amazing 180-degree turn: the honor that Haman had planned for himself was given to Mordecai and he was killed by the very gallows he had built for Mordecai.

Indeed “God prepared a table for the Jews in the presence of their enemies”. (Psalm 23:5)  God is a God who “opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5) When God’s people humble themselves (4:16, the Jews fasted for three days), God will act to deliver His people. No matter what crisis we are facing,  “never, never, NEVER give up”  because God wants us to stay until “the last episode” to amaze us regarding how He will turn our Crisis to His Victory!

哈曼殺害整個猶太人的邪惡計劃以他被絞死在“他為末底改準備的絞架上”屈辱告終。在短短的兩天內發生了翻天覆地的變化!起初,“以斯帖的明智及時的拖延讓神導演哈曼的出場” (YourDailyWalk)。然後上帝使王無法入睡,並突然渴望閱讀使他想起末底改的善事的歷史書 (6:1)。最終,整個局勢發生了驚人的180度轉彎:哈曼為自己計劃的榮譽被授予了末底改,他自己被為末底改建造的絞架絞死了。

的確,“上帝為猶太人在仇敵面前準備了筵席”。(詩篇23:5)”神抵擋驕傲的人,
但賜恩給謙卑的人”。 (彼得前書5:5)當上帝的子民謙卑自己時(4:16,猶太人禁食三天),上帝將採取行動拯救祂的子民。無論我們面對何種危機,”永不, 永不, 永不放棄”,因為上帝要我們等到”最後一集”使我們驚奇,看祂如何將我們的危機化為祂的勝利!

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