Friday, August 7
Further Study: Ellen G. White, “In the Days of Queen Esther,” Prophets and Kings, pp. 598-606.
“The decree that will finally go forth against the remnant people of God will be very similar to that issued by Ahasuerus against the Jews. Today the enemies of the true church see in the little company keeping the Sabbath commandment a Mordecai at the gar. The reverence of God’s people for His law is a contestant rebuke to those who have cast off the fear of the Lord and are trampling on His Sabbath.” – Ellen G. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 605.
Discussion Questions :
1. What parallel can we draw between the edict that was brought against the Jews and what will happen in the last days as the issue of the: mark of the beast” comes to the forefront?
2. Both ancient Jews and Christians disputed the right of the book of Esther to have a place in the Old Testament canon. It did not appear in the Old Testament used by the community that produces the Dead Sea scrolls, nor in the Old Testament of the churches of ancient Turkey and Syria. The name of God does not appear in the book of Esther, while there are about 190 references to the heathen king. There are no references to prayer, sacrifice, temple, or worship, although fasting is mentioned. And yet, the Lord was fir to include tin in the canon. Why? What powerful spiritual lesson wan we take from it about how God can work in our lives for good even amid what appears to be very difficult circumstances?
3. Dwell more on the idea of times during which missionaries and others doing outreach do not openly talk about their identity and work. What are some valid reason (if any) for us to do that, especially in the context of mission? Sometimes, for instance, missionaries are very careful not to say who they are, especially in countries that are hostile to Christian witness. If we are impressed to not reveal right away who we are, how can we do it in a way that is not being dishonest of deceitful?