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March 28, 2022

For Such A Time As This

Throughout the Bible, we see God placing His people in positions of power for specific times and purposes. God is still at work and wastes nothing – He has created YOU for such a time as this… how you respond to this fact is of the utmost importance!


Throughout the Bible, we see God placing His people in positions of power for specific times and purposes. God is still at work and wastes nothing – He has created YOU for such a time as this… how you respond to this fact is of the utmost importance!

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Real life presents the Jack Hibbs podcast with intention and boldness to proclaim truth, equip the saints and impact our culture. 

Do you see your life right now for such a time as this don't think for a moment that you're living and breathing right now by accident or by some sort of Fiat it's by the plan of God you're here right now. It's by the plan of God you're watching right now. And I believe that's so much that even if you don't believe in Jesus Christ, the plan of God that you hear this message, because God's got a plan for your life, 

You can get the outlines of this podcast to Jack hibbs.com/podcast. Today. If this podcast lifts you up and encourages you to live a more fulfilled life in Christ, then make sure you leave us one of those five star ratings to us. That's like saying amen, or yes, then that rating will encourage others to listen. Now, open your hearts to what God's word has to say to you here is Jack Hibbs. 

Esther, no stranger to some of the most romantic writing Esther. Her name actually in Hebrew is hada. Her name. Esther is the Babylonian name given to her by her captive us. Esther was one of those tens of thousands of Jews who were taken captive by the invading Babylonian forces and was raised up and born into a culture that had departed from God. And she is now in the palace. She's been elevated. She thinks by the powers of the empire because she's beautiful. Esther was very attractive. The Bible says that she was beautiful and we know that she was very bright. We know that Esther was young. We know that she was pleasant to look at. And the Bible tells us that when, uh, king ahas, the pagan king, uh, was hosting a ban. What if you remember, uh, him and his governors in generals got a little drunk and, uh, he wanted to show off the beauty of his wife, queen Vati. And so he called for queen Vati to come in. Probably the word means dance in front of all these drunk guy. That's not a good scenario. 

And so when the edict went out, Hey, queen come and dance for my guys. Uh, or, you know, we're having a great time. Queen Vashti said, Nope, not gonna come and no go G again, answer was still, I'm not coming. And so boy did that start a scandal. And so it put the king in a very uncomfortable situation. Plus he's probably a little bit, uh, off in his judgment, but he, he became angry and he banished queen Vati from the throne and fast forward him, uh, throughout all of the realm, uh, men were tapped to find the most beautiful candidate to take her place. And out of all the women of the kingdom, this one was found by the name of hada and her name, given Esther Esther Babylon name Essar there's the E tar gate and Babylon, which now you have to go to England to see the Essar gate part of it, by the way, is in Berlin. 

Uh, the Essar gate. We get the word Easter from Essar. Do you know the Easter's of pagan thing? The, the bunny, the chocolate, it, the eggs, you know that right? That it's paganism, it's ancient, ancient paganism. It's it's actually a fertility worship service. That's why the bunnies are involved. No, really I'm not kidding. They are a picture of fertility and, uh, Easter is that pagan worship. And, but you think, oh no, no, no. Easter is awesome. It's resurrection of Jesus. No, that's the resurrection of Jesus. It happens to fall at the same time as the pagan worship season of ETA. And that actually plays into our challenge this morning in our study about how we look at things for such a time as this, you either believe that in the Bible for you and your life or you don't, but happier, those who do that, your life's existence is not a drudgery. 

That is pre-programmed for you to experience boredom. Now, that's you doing that to you? God's plan for your life is to bring you. Now, if you can hear me, it means you're breathing. If you're breathing your heart's beating. If it means that God is a plan for your life right now, for such a time as this, as a believer that God wants to use you. And so when we think about the events of her life, this harrowing woman who became the savior in some ways of, of Israel, because, uh, as we'll see today, her people were Des into destruction. The fact that Esther was brought in, she was invited. She was allowed to come in. She made petition. She goes to see the king. The Bible tells us that for 30 days, they had not talked. She had been distanced from the king. We don't know why, but she knows that if I go in to speak to the king unannounced, even though am the queen without invitation, he has the power and the authority to kill me because I'm, I'm not allowed to be there. 

So she takes her life into her own hands for her people. She steps into the chamber. And if you were not going to die, in other words, if he wanted to talk to you, he would raise his Septer. And by submission, you would come and you would tap the edge of the scepter. And then you can speak to the king. She had to do all that. She didn't know how it was gonna go, but God had a plan. And so we'll glean a lot out of this, but the challenge today is for you and I to realize that God has you right now in the kingdom for such a time as this, amen. I hope you're not defeated by the days in which we're living in. I hope you're not discouraged. You need to realize that the overriding divine plan for your life is not thwarted in any way, shape or form that what you're living right now is the fact that God has brought you to this moment for such a time as this. 

And for that, you should be emboldened, but it's a, it's an amazing movie or Hollywood scene. You've got Esther, she's beautiful. She's the damsel. As it were in distress, you've got, uh, her being raised and adopted I, her uncle, her sweet uncle by the name of Mordecai. And, uh, he's a, he's a older man. He's, he's a man of great conviction. Uh, you've got king ahas, which is his title. His name is zees, and he's the ruler of a vast empire. One, one, the great empires of the world in that day. In fact, Esther chapter one verse one says, uh, now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus. This is the, the Ahasuerus who reigned over 127 provinces from listen to this from India to Ethiopia. And in those days, when king of Haus sat on the throne of his kingdom, this man is a massive, uh, power and power broker. He's a man of extreme wealth and influence, and he's part of the players. And then there's this guy by the name of Haman. And, oh, let me hear that again. 

Very good. I mentioned Haman. They all his, because in Israel, if you're Jewish, you always hiss when you hear the name Haman, because Haman, okay. I got it. Anyway. So Haman, so Haman was the one who, uh, desired engineered the Erata and the extermination of the Jewish people. Beginning with Mordecai, he was gonna have Mordecai killed and then commence a, a purge, a genocide of the Jews off the face of the earth. Haman is his name and he's a type of antichrist. He is a type of Satan in, uh, the storyline and God has got a plan for his life too, frankly. It's gonna end, not the way he planned that is Haman, but it's pretty cool for us the way it ends. Um, what else? Uh, in Esther, chapter three, verse two, the Bible tells us that Mord Kay, the Jew would not bow or pay homage to Haman. That's a good one. Haman had said that. I want everybody as I am second in command. I want everybody to listen to what the king said. I'm supposed to be worshiped and bowed down to. 

And everybody bows down in the kingdom to Haman, except one guy Mordecai would walk by. Can you imagine everybody's bowing and listen, this sick type of thinking, these Haman types of people. They think that it's really exciting to have people bowing down and worshiping them, even though it's all forced, because if you don't, you get your had cut off, but somehow they're so sick in their, in their megalomania that they like it look they're bowing, or you forced them to bow. It doesn't matter. They're bowing. And then you could see this guy with everybody bowing. There's this old man. I think he had like a squeaky Walker too. You know, it's just like, 

And, and Haman looks at him and he's just furious at this Jew that won't be. And that's part of the problem in the kingdom, those Jews, they won't bow. They've got this God in heaven that he's the only one they're supposed to bow to. And it just began to eat him up. The man's a, a narcissist it's it's it's on steroids. And he sees one guy that won't bow. And what do you think that's the guy that he's gotta deal with, but from that venture of hatred and envy, and all of that comes, one of the greatest stories ever told, but it's all to communicate that you and I like Esther have been brought into the kingdom for such a time as this. And we read it a moment ago. One more verse before, uh, we get ready to go into this. And that is Esther four verse 14. 

Mordecai says for if you remain completely silent at this time, Esther, if you don't step up relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place that old man knows his stuff, but you and your father's house will perish yet. Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this. And I believe that you and I are living in the opening throws of a very similar time. Christianity is being targeted. Christianity is being marked out just this week in Washington, DC in the house, the Bible was addressed and looked at and being, uh, considered a book of bigotry. That what the Bible says is absolutely outdated. That what the Bible says is now no longer applicable that we have advanced beyond that silly stuff. And that the Bible is not gender sensitive. This was been a wild week in Washington for this nation and for your faith and your freedoms. So I believe we're living at a time that is somewhat similar. And here's where we've began for such a time as this. We wanna make note of it for such a time as this, here you are here, you are. 

Esther's life was a life that had been brought up in a way in captivity, being a Jew in a strange land. And she's being raised in a world that is foreign to her belief system. She doesn't recognize so to speak anything that what she's been taught of as a good Jew, that what she would've learned at home and what form of synagogue, if any, that they had in Shushan, that now she is living this life. And from her looks, listen from her, looks to her place of becoming, uh, an orphan who she's adopted by Mordecai her, BR her bringing up to the fact that Vashti's Deron. And now there are those working for the king that selectively go through the kingdom to pick out attractive women that they think the king might be attracted to. She's one of them. And ladies listen up. This is amazing is the fact that she, I think it was a year or so. 

She, with the other women in the harem that are being prepared to be picked by the king, they're bathed, their fed certain diet. Their skin is oiled. Uh, they are perfumed. I mean, it is the spa of spas. Uh, there's, there's probably soft music playing in the corner. I don't know. I'm making that up. Just kidding. But all this stuff is going on and they just do everything. They can cosmetically to prepare women who are already beautiful to present before the king. He's gonna pick one to be the queen of the empire. And she gets picked. And she's the one, but listen, nobody knows she's a Jew. They don't know she's a Jew. And while she's living large, Mordecai is living this life that is humble and meek, but he's a man of convictions and he's a man, uh, who has a reputation and Haman is derailed by all this. 

Now here's, what's cool too, is Haman does not know Esther is a Jew, but he does know Mordecai is. And so he begins to ring his hands about how he can kill Mordecai and the Jewish people. Hey, listen up ladies and gentlemen, anybody who wants to kill the Jews and erratic them from off the face of the earth is from spirit of Haman. And the spirit of Haman you can read about in first, John is the spirit of antichrist be aware of that. Can, can a Jew drive you crazy? Yeah. Are Jews hard to talk to? Yep. Are they stubborn? Yep. Just know something. God chose them. 

Why'd he do that? I have no idea, except that he gives us a clue. He says in the, in the book of Deuteronomy, don't think I picked you because you guys are cool. He said, I picked you guys because you're the most stubborn people on earth. So what does that mean? I don't know, but if God can save a Jew, he can save a UEW right. That's encouraging. By the way, when a Jew does get saved, you better hang on because man, they, they just take off. They're amazing. But, um, when God came to earth, he decided to come as a Jew. Is that wild? He, I don't know. I would've come. I would've come as a Southern California and I would've, he could've come as a Canadian. He could've come as a Peruvian. God comes as a Jew to earth, born in Beth for him born in the house of David all by the plan of God. It quite remarkable. But here you are. God has not caught this strange time. Unaware. The Bible tells us in Psalm 91, verse 15, when you call on me, I will answer. I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. God's speaking about his people, not only the Jews, but that's for us. 

So in God's greatness, this very moment in the 21st century, you are here today and you are a believer and you're a follower of Christ for such a time as this. And I want that truth that just galvanize you into your everyday working life. In your, in your singleness, in your parenting, in your business, 24 7, God says of you, the believer for such a time as this I've brought you into this world right now, the day of your birthday and the age that you are right now, that's not a that's that wasn't lift up to your parents. God was in that. And the more you understand and believe that I think the more, uh, destined you'll be to be like a Mordecai, but maybe for some of us today, we need to be awakened to that reality, like an Esther, but you are here and it's for a purpose. 

And I love this because every day of every hour, according to God's word, he says to, to us, I'll rescue you church. I believe that I'll be with you. God's moving. In fact, we know from Psalm 91 15, we read it a moment ago that what's appears to be throughout the history of the Bible. When God works with his people, the prerequisite is you gotta get in trouble to see God move. You ever think about that. I, oh, I just love this. The amazing events of the Bible I do too. But remember how they happened. People got in trouble when God calls you to stand for him. And when God calls you to walk, as it were before the king and say, listen, I've got some news. And here it is, the God of heaven says thus. And so church, we all love that moment. And we wanna be part of that moment, but you gotta get in trouble before that moment comes. That's why God says, I will re you. You've got to need rescuing before he can rescue you. He's not gonna ride up on a white horse with a white hat. If you're sitting around eating Cheetos and watching TV. But if you're out on the front line and you're terrified, and the bombs and missiles and rockets are flying by, he says, I'll be there to protect you. Oh, I wanna see God move. Then get on the front line. Oh, I wanna see miracles. Then get up and get out and watch what he does. 

You gotta be willing to get into trouble. But the fact of the matter is for such a time as this, you are here and here you are, and God wants to commission you and God wants to use you. He has you ordained you and appointed you to this very time. God's moving. And he wants to establish his truth. God moves throughout the Bible with these divine appointments, we call them divine appointments, divine appointments. I believe happen to us all the time. If we're looking, if we're looking through, think of Franklin's bifocals, bifocal, they're funny, right? I mean, uh, they're kind of a pain, but I guess it's worse if you don't have them. 

But uh, in fact that's what they invented those progressive lenses. Right. But you can tell when somebody's wearing bifocal glasses, because if they wanna look, if they wanna look at something close, they'll go. Like, they'll go like this and you're and they look funny. If you don't know they're wearing glasses, it's like, what's wrong with that person? And they'll go like this. Hey, hang on a minute. Yeah. And they're reading through the lens cuz it brings it all up close. And then you say, did you get the answer? And they go like this? Yeah, I got it. Can you check again? Sure. Hang on. What is it again? Yeah. It's this 

And lives like that. We either look like that or we look like that. One thing brings everything in clarity and focus. The other one is a broad view. Not so clear, but it expands. It's thin, but it's wide. The closer look is narrow, but it's exact. That's how God moves in our lives. When we open the word of God, it takes life in its broad view, we open up the Bible and it brings it right into the exact in the moment. That's why we can come away from an ancient book. That's written 2,500 years ago and be able to read it and say, man, you know what? As I look at it through the bifocal lower part, I see this is applicable in my life today. Amen. God wants to move. God wants to work. In fact, didn't even Jesus say to us that when you're called before Kings and rulers, don't worry about what you're going to say for in that your father will give you what to say. That's going from looking broad to the thick lens of exactness acts chapter two, verse 22. The Bible says there, Peter is speaking. Now Rimmer Jesus has been crucified. Jesus has been resurrected. Jesus has ascended back to heaven. Now Peter is full of holy spirit 

And um, he's not the same. Peter acts chapter two verse 22. Peter says men of Israel, here are the, these words, Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested by God, to you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did through him in your midst. As you yourselves also know him being delivered by the determined purpose and for knowledge of God, you have taken by your lawless hands and have crucified and put to death. Listen to the lens, watch the lens. Broad speaking, Peter saying, you guys crucified Jesus Narrow bullet point focus. Ah, but God in his predetermined counsel and for knowledge appointed Christ to this divine appointment. And that is he was to in the cross. Somebody same into that. Amen. God's word said, Messiah will die in the cross. Man looks and says, let's kill him. They think they're doing their will. And they think they're doing what needs to be done. And God says my plan's being worked out perfectly. 

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