ne of the most misquoted bible verses is Matthew 7:1. It’s used as a defense statement every time a Christian conduct is subjected to scrutiny. This term we want to uncover that falsehood by examining the biblical position. The term Relativism is applied to religious, ethic and cultural views, showing that such views are not to be judged right or wrong per se, rather in the context in which they occur. We have endeavored to answer the question, “Who sets the standards for the Christian today?” If the bible says one thing is wrong, is it wrong to all or does it depend on the circumstances? Read on to discover! We are excited to introduce the AP 2011 team to you that have worked so hard to bring TIMAZI to your school. “How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news.” we will invite applications for AP 2012 in 3rd term. Watch this space. You can invite us to come and speak in your Sunday service or Rally. Get in touch with the contacts below.
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Issue 8 | Salvation: Behind Enemy Lines
Dear Timazi crew, Hi guys, you are amazing and have extremely amazing ideas. On reading your magazine for the first time, I was really touched by the way you plot your ideas, experiences, fun page and most of all, chances for people to join you. I just pray to God that you continue with the same spirit and make good news reach everyone around you. I hope I can be part of you by the end of this year. All the glory and honor to God Almighty. Thanks a lot and God bless you. Belina Mutinda Musya St. Catherine’s’ Girls High School, Machakos Dear Belina, We are very delighted that you have learnt so much, yet it’s your first time to see Timazi! Please urge your C.U leaders or patron to subscribe to be receiving Timazi every term. Details of how to do that can be found in the magazine. We appreciate your desire to join the Timazi Apprenticeship Program and we’ll give you more information on how to do that in our third term issue. Share Timazi with others and keep giving us the feedback.
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“DO NOT JUDGE ME, ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE”
ne of the most commonly misquoted verses among teens is 1st Corinthians 7:17, “nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him.” Many Christian teens have taken this to mean that nothing much should change when they get born again. That all that we need to do is believe in our hearts, confess with our mouths but keep doing what you do best, whether it glorifies God or not. And anyone who tries to point out flaws and inconsistencies in the ‘Christian life’ is met with a lot of hostility and self defense. After all, ‘man looks at the outward while God looks at the heart.’ Behind this ‘Do not judge me’ attitude is a spirit of pride that keeps us insulated against corrections and paints a picture of an independent, out-going, modern Christian who can eat his cake and still have it. Self is at the center. Jesus did not preach this “Come as you are, God accepts you where you are” message. The condition for being born into the kingdom of God was to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance means a U-turn, a total change of thought and consequently lifestyle.
• To the rich young man in Matthew 19:21 Jesus said, If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven,. Then come, follow me.
• To Nicodemus in John 3:7 you should not be surprised at my saying, “you must be born again.” • To the woman caught in adultery in John 8:11 go, and sin no more.
We cannot come to God just as we are; with our sin unconfessed or ignored or draped all over us, and still expect his acceptance. We cannot drag our favorite worldly music, dress and language into the church. We must grow up and growth means change, change always includes loss, and loss is always painful. You cannot keep all your old habits and pleasures. This acceptance doctrine is so widespread among Christian youth that we no longer question each other’s behavior or personal preferences. If you confront another in love, you will be accused of judging them. If you dare quote a chapter and verse from the Bible, you will be called a holy Joe in school. Fellow students will even claim that a Christian must be “sinless” before he can declare a “judgment” concerning another’s conduct. Paul was not sinless yet he did not hesitate to “judge” the blatant fornicator who was disgracing the Corinthian church (1st Corinthians 5:3) Christian Union officials and members are finding themselves at a tight corner whenever they attempt to condemn certain behavior or actions in the CU. Those who do not want to subject themselves to authority, accountability or scru-
tiny using the scriptures, always chuck the verse in Matthew 7:4! Many musicians and celebrities are also fond of this phrase to wade off those pointing out unbiblical or ungodly trends in their music, dress code or lifestyle.
“Let’s stop judging people, only God can do that” Jimmy Gait, BUZZ magazine February 13, 2011.
Many students think ONLY God has the right to judge; but not fellow men who are prone to error. While that may sound true, it is not supported with scriptural evidence. The truth of the matter is, “judging” is both condemned and commended in the Bible. It is both prohibited and commanded. This is where most of the students go wrong in understanding how to respond to the different Bible verses. Reading your Bible, you will discover that there are two types of judging; “Righteous judgment” and “Unrighteous judgment”. The command to Judge others Jesus commands in John 7:24 “stop judging by mere appearances and make a right judgment.”
Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality
to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly (Leviticus 19:15). God clearly commands us to judge so we won’t be deceived. Why would the command to judge be so vehemently attacked in society? Obviously, if Christians stop judging, we will no longer be able to distinguish good from evil, we will buy into the deception of ‘what’s good for you may not be good for me’ Five guidelines in judging others
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. …so, when you a mere man pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? (Romans 2: 1-2) 1. Consider yourself equal to those you are tempted to judge. When you look or observe another person at fault, it reminds you of your own sinful nature and your own battle with sin. This calls for you to first fully identify with their infirmities and deal tenderly with them. The reality of acknowledging that we are in the same condition in our fight against sin is quite humbling. 2. Remain conscious that God is not a respecter of persons and so His judgment stands for all who break His law; that you are only able to draw nigh to Him through His mercy and grace. This way, you are compelled to be patient, kind and tolerant
enough to gather all facts concerning any given matter before developing an opinion.
those inside? God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked from among you. (1 Corinthians 5:12-13).
3. Treat the other person the way you would want them to treat you. Therefore since you wouldn’t want God to expose all your sins in public, you will also be motivated not to expose a brother in public with an intention of maligning or damaging him. You will seek to help him out just as you are being helped in other areas.
I urge you brothers to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching that you have learned. Keep away from them. (Romans 16:17).
4. Whenever you see a speck in someone’s eye there is a high likelihood that there is a plank in your own eye. Therefore you will be quick to examine yourself and deal with certain blind spots before you proceed to raise them with others. 5. Consider that others may be better than us in many ways. When we think of ourselves highly than we ought, then we fall into a pride trap. Who is to Judge Who? The Bible has clearly commanded church is to “judge” its wayward members. To those who are not born-again, God is the one who will judge. Therefore when you hear a person say that only God can judge them, then they mean that they do not belong to the body of Christ. God asks us not even to associate with those who claim to be Christians, yet their walk betray what they say
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you brothers to keep from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. (2 Thessalonians 3:6). Again, it’s interesting to note that everyone “judges” — if he lives noble standards — regardless of how carefully he may claim otherwise. When one holds his conduct to certain, divinely-prescribed standard, by his example, he judges those who refuse to yield to that standard. It is applied to the people of Nineveh; then it is used of the Queen of the South. In both instances, the example of these people “condemned” the Jews of Jesus’ day.
“But if we judged ourselves, we would not be judged” (v. 31) Meaning, if the Christian would “judge” his own conduct, i.e., evaluate it in the light of Scripture, draw proper conclusions relative to any misdeeds, and thus alter his actions, he would not be subject to the disciplinary judgment that could issue from Christ.
What business of mine is it to judge those who are outside the church? Are you not to judge
So whats the difference?
did. Sinners were stricken immediately, and began to cry for mercy under fearful conviction of sin, and soon after, in a moment, they were set at liberty, and filled with unspeakable joy in the knowledge of a present salvation.
Now, when they heard this they were pricked in their hearts, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, men, and brethren, “what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37).
RESPONSIBILITY FOR REVIVAL By Dr. Oswald Smith
s far back as I can remember, my heart has burned within me whenever I hear or read the accounts of the ministry of God in the great revivals of past years. The heroic missionaries of the cross in foreign lands, and the lonely men of God in the home field around whom these gracious visitations have centered, have always been a source of untold inspiration to my life. David Brainerd, Adoniram Judson, Chas. G. Finney, Robt. Murray Mccheyn — these and many others have been my bosom companions and friends.
your business to preach so many times, but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance, and in all your power to build them up in that holiness.
I have watched them, listened to them, until I have almost felt the spirit of the atmosphere in which they moved. Their trials and hardships, their prayers and victorious achievements have thrilled my very soul, and I have fallen upon my face and exclaimed with the prophet of old: “oh, that you would rend the heavens, and that thou would comest down.
But the more I pondered over it, the more I was convinced that in my ministry the work of God was not a fire, a hammer and a sword. It did not burn, break or pierce. There was no execution.
It is reported that there were 7,000 churches that did not win a single soul for Jesus Christ in an entire year. That means that 7,000 ministers preached the gospel for a whole year without reaching even one lost soul. Supposing that they preached, putting it at a low average, for forty Sundays, not including extra meetings, this would mean that these 7,000 ministers preached 560,000 sermons in a single year. Think of the work, the labor, the money expended in salaries, etc., to make this possible. And yet, 560,000 sermons, preached by 7,000 ministers in 7,000 churches to tens of thousands of hearers during a period of twelve months failed to bring a single soul to Christ. Now, my brethren, there’s something radically wrong somewhere. There’s either something the matter with these 7,000 ministers, or with their 560,000 sermons, or with both. In reading over the twelve Rules of the early Methodist church, I was struck with the fact that they aimed at and looked upon soul- winning as the supreme task. Let me quote from one of them: “you have nothing to do but save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. It is not 6
Then I compared the results of my ministry with the promises of God.
Is not my word like fire, saith the Lord; and like hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces. (Jeremiah 23:29). …The sword of the spirit, which is the word of God (Eph 4:7).
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 4:11). And I knew that this wonderful promise had not been fulfilled in my preaching. I had no evidence such as Paul, W.M Bramwell and Chas G. Finney that it did not return void many and many a time. And not only my preaching, but my praying as well. This also had to be challenged and tested by the outcome. And I was forced to admit that the confident assertion of “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, I will show thee great and mighty things, which thou not knowest” (Jeremiah 33:3), was not realized in my experience. My prayers were not definitely and daily answered. (John 14:13), was not real in my case. To me, these things were not vital since I asked for many things that I did not receive, and this was not according to the promise. Thus I came to realize that there was something radically wrong with my prayer-life. When John Wesley concluded his message, he cried to God to “confirm His word,” to “set to His seal,” and to “bear witness to His word.” And God
Then one day I read the Acts of the Apostles to find out if God’s servants in the early church got results wherever they went. And I found as I read that they aimed at, worked for and expected, and never failed to get, Fruits. Peter preached on the day of Pentecost and 3,000 responded to that first appeal. There was a definite outcome. Oh, how far short I fell. How fearfully I had failed, failed in the very thing for which God had called me into the ministry. George Whitefield sometimes received hundreds of letters after he had preached telling of blessings and conversions.
“Go into the public assembly with a design to strike, and persuade some souls there, into repentance and salvation. Go to open blind eyes, to unstop deaf ears, to make the lame walk, to make the foolish wise, to raise those that are dead in trespasses and sins to a heavenly and divine life, and to bring guilty rebels to return to the love and obedience of their maker, by Christ Jesus the great reconciler, that they may be pardoned and saved. Go to diffuse the savor of Christ and His Gospel through a whole assembly and to allure souls to partake of His grace and glory.”- Dr. Watts. God mercifully opened my eyes and showed me how far I was astray. There’s nothing that will deepen Christian experience, edify believers and build them up in the faith so rapidly and thoroughly as seeing souls saved. Deep Holy Spirit meetings, where the power of God is working mightily in the conviction and salvation of sinners, will do more for Christians than the teaching of years without it. Work among believers alone will not suffice. It matters not how spiritual a church may profess to be, if souls are not saved, something is radically wrong, and the professed spirituality is simply a false experience, a delusion of the devil. People who are satisfied with meeting together simply to have a good time among themselves are far away from God. Real spirituality usually has an outcome. There will be a yearning and a love for souls. Let us then challenge our spirituality and ask what it produces; for nothing less of a genuine Revival in the body of Christ, resulting in a true awakening among the unsaved will ever satisfy the heart of God.
2011 AP’s PROFILE
ANTONY MAKAU is the former C.U chairman of Machakos School.
YVONNE MAKENNA is a former C.U praise & worship leader at Mary Hill Girls’ - Thika.
I MBURU is CHARLES KIMANchairman of a former C.U ngema. Weithaga Boy- Ka
DENIS KIRANGA is the former C.U praise and worship leader of St. Mary’s Boys’- Nyeri.
CLARA NASERIAN LANYASUNYA is a former C.U prayer coordinator of Mary Hill Girls’ - Thika.
former C.U DICKSON MURUNGI is a Kiamaopraise & worship leader at goria. go Secondary School- Cho
PATRICK MAKERA C.U chairman of St.is the former Mary’s Boys’Nyeri.
JACKSON KIMURI is currently a student at Kagumo Teachers College
MICHAEL KIMANI is a former C.U chairman in Mugunda secondary School.
JOAQUIM NDUNG’U is a former student at St. Mary’s boys’- Nyeri.
COLLINS OPIYO is a student at Kirimara former High schoolKaratina
rmer OMBA is a fo KENNEDY CHC.U member in d an t en ud st gh School Nyahururu Hi
er student GRACE MACHARIA is a form currently a at Magomano Girls’. She is Thika. design student at Uzuri Institute,
TERESIAH WAMBUI is a former student and active C.U member at Ruchu Girls’ High School.
ANTONY WAWERU C.U chairman at St.is a former Secondary School- Lucy’s Mixed Olkalou.
Drawing the Line
The church is becoming more and more liberal. The word of God is not taken as absolute in its demands.
ABSOLUTE OR RELATIVE?
he term Relativism is applied to religious views, showing that such views are not to be judged true or false, or good or bad, based on overall criterion but in the context in which they occur. Thus what is right and good to one group might not be considered as so in another. The problem in our churches is wide. Who sets the standard for the Christian today? Are Christian rules relative? Does it all depend on “how I see it?” David at once lamented:
An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin. The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good. (Ps 36:1-3). Again in another Psalm, he says:
Help, LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men. Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception (Ps 12:1-2). Men are intrinsically wicked. We like to flatter ourselves that there is nothing wrong with what we do. We forget that our hearts are deceitful beyond cure. For that reason, the word of God, even when it seems oppressive to our desires, ought to be our guide. Man without God’s word as his standard is lost. A man who fears God will be careful how he conducts himself. There is only one way to cultivate Godly fear. God says how when addressing the requirements of kingship in Israel;
“When he [the king] takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is 12
to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees (Deuteronomy 17:18-19). The fear of God is learned. To fear God is simply to do what he directs. The Lordship of Christ is a neglected part of Christianity today. To simply say that you are saved without truly making Jesus your Lord and without living it out is deceptive.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Mt 7:21). In this matter, we cannot accommodate men at the expense of this truth. Christ ought to be Lord in all things: in your music; in your dancing; in your dressing; in your entertainment;
“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God (Col 1:10). It is possible to call on name of Jesus without a personal knowledge of him, or making him Lord. Some Jews had the habit of imitating the apostle Paul in casting out demons. At one time some sons of Sceva tried to do it with devastating consequences (Acts 19:13-16). Of course this bore positive results for the church, “When this became known to the Jews
and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honour. Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds. (Acts 19:17-18).
Men can reason over it and with it, to their own advantage of course. Liberation movements have given new meaning to biblical interpretation. The homosexual movement says that theirs is simply an alternative lifestyle, and there could be ‘holy alliance’ between two people of the same sex. They are claiming that the Bible does not condemn homosexuality per se! They therefore are demanding acceptance in the churches, and a number of churches are giving in. The new praise and worship movements say you can have ‘holy’ hip-hop. Today you can dress the way you feel like, as long as you claim salvation, after all is not Jesus interested with the heart? They forget that our external expression is an outcome of our hearts attitudes and values. That is why the scriptures command us,
“My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart…Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Pr 4:20-23). The written word of God cannot be changed without consequences. To allow immorality in the church today does not mean that God now honours immoral behaviour. To expose your nakedness in the congregation of the righteous does not mean that God today justifies it. As it has always been throughout the kingdom of God in all ages, nakedness is an expression of shame! That many will wander away from the faith is a constant warning in the scriptures: At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. (Mt 24:10) False teachers while making those around them happy, also destroy the faith of some. This is equally the condition of the church even today. It goes in the name of spiritual freedom. It is like the Swahili saying, “mtoto akililia wembe mpe”. This not withstanding that he may cut himself. A false teacher teaches many things against the truth. Now because of this increase of false teachers, there is an increase of ‘all kinds of truth.’ One must learn to distinguish which is the truth.
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The Bob Cat DISCERNMENT VS JUDGMENT
he Bobcat is a medium sized wildcat found only in North America. They are called Bobcats due to their short or bobbed tail. Bobcats are elusive and nocturnal, so they are rarely spotted by humans. Bobcats, sometimes called wildcats, are roughly twice as big as the average housecat. Most bobcats are brown or brownish red with a white underbelly and short, black-tipped tail. When they go hunting, they are very careful not to bump on their prey. Instead they are effective hunters. They are able to discern the intentions of its prey by evaluating its every movement. Then when very sure of its moves, they jump and catch the prey.
Definition Discernment is the ability to distinguish between good and evil, in order to make a wise decision.
The Importance of Discernment The theme verse that TIMAZI rides on is from the book of Ezekiel 44:33 where God commanded the priests of Israel to “teach my people the difference between the Holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” God requires us continually practice to discern good and evil. In the book of Hebrews 5:14, the mature in Christ are defined as “those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good and evil.” (ESV). We are required to discern good and evil because the God we serve is a Holy God and does not tolerate evil! The book of Leviticus is one of the books that explain clearly the boundaries of good and evil. It has several references to the word holy. Leviticus 11:44a for example says, “I am the Lord your God: Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be Holy for I am Holy...” In Scripture the opposite of holiness is uncleanness as indicated by 1st Thessalonians 4:7 and Romans
6:19. Defiling the Temple of the Holy Spirit, which is your body, brings upon us the judgment of God. “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and the God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him, for God’s temple is holy, and you are the temple of God.” It therefore remains critical that we develop this character quality because without it, we cannot tell good from evil! When Solomon became King, he made a very unique request to God. “Give thy Servant an understanding heart…that I may discern good and bad” (1 Kings 3:9). In other words, an understanding heart is a hearing heart; it listens to the conscience, the words of the scripture, and the prompting of the Holy Spirit. James also urges us to ask for wisdom in James 1:5 which gives an assurance that we will be granted our request if we ask in faith. It is in asking that we receive wisdom and in practicing that we grow in discernment. When we reject the truth on the other hand, the Bible says that we are deceived! 2nd Thessalonians 2:10-11 says, “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:”
How to differentiate Discernment and Judgment It is important to know that there is a major difference between when you judge and when you discern. Most of us have been caught up either in judging others, or in fear of failing to discern because we are afraid not to judge. Observation becomes judgmental when; • There is no desire to provide a loving solution. • We share the failures of another person with parties that are not part of the solution. • We fail to realize that we are who we are by the grace of God when discerning, we will be revealing a judgmental spirit.
Q. I’m not a C.U leader in our school but sometime I see behavior among the CU leaders that is not in line with the biblical teaching. When confronted, they say that they should not be judged since God sees the heart and not the body. What I’m I supposed to do if the people who are leading us are not good role models to the ones who are not saved? Answer: There are two natural tendencies when we see a wrong behavior in a CU leader; the first is to react angrily exposing them to public shame and the second is resign to the condition and do nothing. Both of these are unbiblical and damaging. Before you approach the CU leader or gossip about it in school please consider the following biblical steps in handling the situation. 1. Check your attitude in the presence of God and ascertain that you do not have a condemning, bitter or ungrateful spirit. That you have nothing personal against the CU leader. 2. Clear your own conscience before God, search your heart and see that you are not having a log in your eye before removing the plank in the leader’s eye. We are often quick to correct others before we examine our own life styles (Matthew 7:1-5). 3. Examine what is your motivation. Is it to further the kingdom of God or just point out a mistake or sin in another person’s life? (2nd timothy 2:15) 4. Design a creative alternative to what they are doing. Go ahead and demonstrate the correct path they should be walking in (1 Timothy 4:12). 5. Talk to the specific leader involved instead of gossiping (James 5:20) 6. Talk to a higher authority 7. Give God time to change them. If he is truly committed to serving God, his conscience will drive him to repentance and God will also exert pressure on him/ her. (1st John 5:16).
DEFINITIONS SLANDER: a false and damaging statement about a person GOSSIP: to talk about other people’s private lives especially with an intention to hurt them
baked and cooked with it, soothed her sore throat with it, smoothened her furniture with it and applied it to her body too. So, what was this myrrh, cosmetics and perfumes hullabaloo all about? But Mordecai had taught her obedience and perseverance. Whatever they were told to do, whether she understood the reason or not, she did. And she loved the outcome. The therapy was not only working on her skin, but also on the supervisor’s attitude. He was pleased with her obedience and resilience; he actually assigned seven maids to her alone!
Photo of Queen Esther as acted in the 2006 movie “One night with the king”
ESTHER THE ORPHAN QUEEN By Mercy Kambura
sther listened to the chatter and the excited giggles of the other girls at the well. The topic was the same in the whole town of Susa and beyond: Queen Vashti had defied the king! All he had asked is that he may flaunt her to his drunken guests. After all the affluence he had displayed, she was the icing on the cake. And she had refused! What arrogance! The king was indignant. She had been deposed pronto! “Understandably so,” Esther thought. “Which woman worth her salt would want to parade herself before drunken men’s devouring eyes?”
Back to the girls chatter. King Xerxes had declared the first lady’s position vacant, and all young virgins who dreamed and wished of being queen were welcome to contest. The air was wild with excitement! This was every girl’s fantasy. They were falling over themselves trying to outdo each other beauty-wise. Susa was definitely the place to be! Esther watched all the activity and excitement with mixed feelings. She wished she was as fortunate as these other girls, but as the scores were right then, she stood little chance. Her profile was embarrassing and hopeless, to say the least.
something more that she possessed if only to make it beyond the auditions, like charisma and a prominent father, better clothes and jewelry, maybe. But that didn’t matter. All that the king wanted was a beautiful virgin! “What’s there to lose?” she wondered. “I might as well take part if only for the adventure of stepping into the palace” Mordecai could see the desire in the girl’s eyes. He was apprehensive, but then, it’s worse to fail than not to try at all, right? He allowed the now eager girl to go for the auditions. “She has been through so much already; let her do something adventurous for once.” He thought. At the back of his mind, he had this anxious, weird notion that she may actually win. After all, he had brought her up well, hadn’t he? But he decided not to get ahead of himself; it would be a whole year before the king decided who would be his queen.
Sample this. She was an orphan and a slave, brought up by her cousin, Mordecai. Poverty was like her middle name and as if that was not enough, she was a Jewess, least of the least, from the tribe of Benjamin!
The moment Esther stepped into the palace; she didn’t want to go back. The couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry and marble made her head spin. The manicured lawns with hangings of white, blue and purple on silver rings and marble pillars were breathtaking. The flower gardens and fruit orchards complete with all kinds of flora and fauna, the pools and the goldfish shining in the sun… this must have been heaven!
All hope wasn’t lost though, she qualified for the competition since she possessed the two qualities that king Xerxes wanted: beauty and virginity. But honestly, there needed to be
Then the beauty therapy started. She didn’t know what the fuss wall about. She had survived on olive oil all her life. It was multi-purpose oil and she hadn’t known any other. She
As the days for her one night with the king approached, all Esther could think of was how far she had come. The fact that she was a Jew, - despised, an exile in a foreign land, the product of a different culture-could have made her feel awkward and uncomfortable. Orphaned so young meant she had had an unconventional upbringing. All this could have given her an enormous inferiority complex. She could have resented the events that had molded her life; she could have been withdrawn, aloof, with a big problem of low self esteem. But she did not allow these things to stand in her way. What was important was that the king was looking for a girl of purity and beauty. She had them both and she stood as much chance as the rest. It was time to be presented to the king. She didn’t trust her own judgment of what she thought right or wrong. True, she had undergone a whole 12 months of therapy, long enough to know what to take without seeking a second opinion, but she wouldn’t. She only wore what Hegai recommended. She might have not thought about it as thus, but Hegai knew the king well. Whatever he recommended would work to her advantage. Esther was still dazed as the king presented her to the people as the new queen. She was even more elated that the king was taking such pride in her, not smuggling her into the king’s quarters through the backdoor in the dead of the night. Her struggles were all behind her. The king was telling all and sundry she was his queen. She, Hadassah the orphaned slave was the new queen! As she watched Mordecai grin from ear to ear in joy and admiration, she vowed never disobey him. She would continue to follow his instruction as when he was bringing her up. But Mordecai had other thoughts in mind: “Hadassah, there must be a reason why the Lord made you queen in such time as this!
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And mercies continually renewed Then accepted, now contemptuously spewed.
And favor upon favor bequeathed Your very spirit in me breathed
Love unimaginable underfoot trampled Promises so well written now crumpled.
I’M SORRY I’m so ashamed As I think of the nails through you driven When your grace generously given,
Your patience painfully executed And justice by compassion prevented
Towards a heart bent on rebellion That denies your word that plays the clarion
I’m so ashamed Sin that by prayer is easily tamed
Now entertained, secretly enjoyed And pride daily buoyed A meaningless life daily spent By a heart that wont repent
I’m so ashamed, Millenniums after Jesus bled and died, I’m still wallowing in my pride.
I’m so ashamed, Forgive me please.
James said the rich people failed to do this for the
Charioteers do this furiously. (Jeremiah 46:9)
Joseph’s position in Egypt. (Genesis 42:6)
Solomon’s men worked with these servants of Hiram.
Birds will eat this at the great supper of God. [Singu-
lar] (Revelations 19:18)
(2nd chronicles 2:10) 7.
Paul made his appeal for whose decision? (Acts
Children of wicked men do this. (Psalms 109:10)
This will be cut off from Babylon; it will be done to her as she did to others. (Jeremiah 50:16)
11. When Jerusalem is made an immovable rock, every one of these ill be struck with madness. (Zechariah
Jesus made us to be a kingdom and these. (Revelations 1:6)
King Xerxes told these to serve each man in the citadel of Susa as he wished. (Esther 1:8)
12. Joseph was in charge of all men here. (Genesis 39:22)
10. Jesus’ father is this. (John 15:1)
13. James, Peter and John were reputed to be this.
14. Jehoiakim became this under Nebuchadnezzar. (2nd
(Galatians 2:9) 15. Gideon went up by this route and routed an army [singular]. (Judges 8:11) 16. When the master returns from the wedding banquet, he will dress himself to do this. (Luke 12:37) 21. This person in the church must be above reproach. (1st Timothy 3:2) 23. Christians receive the spirit of this (Romans 8: 15) 24. Jesus was led as a lamb before this. (Acts 8:32) 25. Amaziah told Amos to do this with bread in Judah. (Amos 7:12)
Kings 24:1) 17. To bury Gog, Israel will do this regularly with men. (Ezekiel 39:14) 18. Manasseh was a maker of these. (2nd Chronicles 33:22) 19. Naaman’s occupation. (2nd Kings 5:1) 20. Nehemiah warned these men not to spend the night outside Jerusalem or he would lay hands on them. (Nehemiah 13:20-21) 22. Jesus did this on the throne. (Revelations 3:21)
RHYMES What do I gain? Is following Christ vain? When from sin I abstain Cease to play the villain And follow not the example of Cain When I speak truth in sunshine and in rain, And tell of the love of God again and again. What virtue does it train? To pray whether in joy or in pain, What do I lose? If I let myself on the loose, The path of hatred and revenge I choose, And completely deny the path of truce? On the fast lane of sin I cruise, I and others endlessly abuse, Rendering myself more obtuse, Lies and truth each day confuse. What really do I lose? What really do I gain? In Christ I gain all. In sin, I lose all. Mercy
Solutions at the back.
NIV Bible Crosswords by Rick Jansen
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