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Study on Esther- Week 3- Day 3

September 17, 2014

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Scripture

Esther 3: 7-11

In the twelfth year of King Xerxes’ rule, in the first month, the month of Nisan, Haman ordered the lots to be cast (“purim,” they were called) to find out the right day and month to carry out his plot. The thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, was decided on. So Haman told the king, ” There is a certain race of people scattered all over your empire and found in every province. They observe customs that are not like those of any other people. Moreover, they do not obey the laws of the empire, so it is not in your best interest to tolerate them. If it please Your Majesty, issue a decree that they are to be put to death. If you do, I guarantee that I will be able to put 375 tons of silver into the royal treasury for the administration of the empire. The king took off his ring, which was used to stamp proclamations and make them official, and give it to the enemy of the Jewish people, Haman son of Hammedatha, the descendant of Agag. The king told him, ” The people and their money are yours; do as you like with them.”

Psalm 52:2

You make plans to ruin others; your tongue is like a sharp razor.

Observation

The tongue can be a vile weapon if we don’t use it properly. Even though there are saying that Sticks and Stone may harm me but words are the worst. Used improperly they can really pierce through a person’s heart and even cause death like in the case of Haman’s plot.

Application

We should be careful with the words that come out of our mouth. Words can certainly hurt others and to have a vicious and vile tongue is not what GOD wants us to use our gift of speech for. We need to use our words to help others and spread GODs teachings instead of doing otherwise.  We should also refrain from speaking bad or spreading rumors about other people as these are not the behaviours that we should cultivate.

Prayer

Dear GOD,

Please let me be wise in the use of my tongue. Never to dishonor you or harm others with my words. Make me an instrument to spread your GOOD word and through my tongue  sing praises of your good name.

AMEN.

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