“For unto us a child is born,
unto to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…” Isaiah 9:6-7
“You can hear the resolve in Esther’s voice: “If I die, I die.” She’s not resigning herself to her fate; she’s facing it head on.
She has just learned from her cousin Mordecai that Haman is more than scheming to kill the Jewish people. Haman has convinced the king to issue a decree that authorizes the governors to kill all Jews, young and old, women and children, in one day.
When Esther hears of the decree, she evaluates the situation. She remembers the fate of Vashti, another headstrong queen. Is it worth it to visit the king, uninvited, to see if she can do something about the decree?
Esther would be risking her life to appear before King Ahasuerus. The rule is that if anyone enters the king’s inner court without being called, that person will be put to death. And Esther knows it. Since entering the king’s harem, she has lost virtually all of her agency. Her life is not in her hands.
Esther’s life belongs to one who likewise gave himself up to save his people. Jesus did more than risk death. He actually died. By virtue of our baptisms, we have, too, which frees us to take risks the way Esther did. We can look past our own security and make sacrifices for others. The risks we take may very well bring life for other people.”
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First let me say, the tabernacle and the temple reveal God’s desire for relationship with His people.
Understanding how central these buildings were to Old Testament worship and New Testament symbolism, understanding the roles they played, understanding the way they were made, their function to Old Testament worship, and seeing the differences between them SHEDS light on so much of our Christian faith.
We better understand who we are when we understand these structures.
Consider that even before the tabernacle, there was the Garden of Eden, which in itself was a type of temple. God’s presence filled the Garden… He walked there with Adam and Eve.
There are incredible differences between the portable tabernacle God initiated with Moses and the building of Solomon’s Temple and later Herod’s Temple.
One startling difference I had not realized until recently was that God was not involved in the temple, per say. He does not initiate the construction of the temple, give any input, or oversee the construction.
Instead of being dominated by God and His verbal directions (as was in the building of the tabernacle with Moses) , the temple construction story is dominated by King Solomon and 2 Canaanites for Tyre.
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