Many at times I find it very hard to thoroughly read the Old Testament. Sometimes I read those books and chapters just to make myself feel content that being a Christian, I should have read the Old Testament at least once.
One of my major reasons to show less interest is the numerous wars that are mentioned. To read of them in one aspect is reading a language that is absolutely so unknown to me; and secondly deep down I felt that God was being strict and unkind.
Recently, I have been banked on the story of Esther like never before. An orphan girl made queen! The King knew her by name. Wow!
There was a solid rule in Persia then, until the King asks for someone they cannot enter his presence and if they do, that’s welcoming death in itself. But for Esther, she decided to go for the sake of her people. She didn’t then think, how much she struggled as an orphan. Now, she’s the queen and she’s having the best time of her life in the utmost form of honor. Who, would want to risk such a pleasure and place? She chose her comforts and pleasure to be oblivious in comparison for the love of her people. She paid respect and honor to the man that brought her up. Not for once was she ungrateful or forgot the from where she came. She risked it all for she knew the tribe and the people she belonged to was God’s chosen Ones.
Well, that’s the highlight of the story of Esther. However, I want to bring to your attention the man named Haman. Oh, yes! He plotted evil against the entire Jewish race in Persia. But, Why was he so caught with remorse for all of them? Mordecai, alone did not bow down to Haman but the rest of the Jews did. Just because Mordecai didn’t, Haman tricked the King to pass a law to annihilate the Jewish people from the land once and for all. Such despite and hatred! He could have just hanged Mordecai and acquit the Jews from such an atrocious decree. Let’s travel a little bit backward and see from where this venom got injected.
There is this portion in the bible in 1 Samuel, chapter 15. If you read this particular chapter God through Samuel has told Saul: “Now go and strike down Amalek and put all he has under the ban of destruction—so have no pity on him; but kill both men and women, children and nursing infants, oxen and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”” 1 Samuel 15:3
“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt.” – I Samuel 15:2
You see, this is the Justice of God towards those who have falsely tortured His chosen ones. When we pray, “God please reveal your justice for there is this false accusation toward me”, God can show up this way too. This isn’t evil, this is justice.
But, guess what? Saul, this anointed King with absolute power given to him, disobeyed this instruction.
“He also took Agag, king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.” I Samuel 15:8-9
Summarizing the Whole Story.
Saul justified his action to Samuel and Samuel clearly told that there isn’t any point in sacrificing to God, if he can’t obey Him. Prophet Samuel on the contrary, took the Sword and killed King Agag. His wife was pregnant, and she managed to flee when she saw her husband being killed.
“But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hacked Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.” I Samuel 15:33.
Saul definitely was dethroned. But, one disobedience caused a huge consequence to the Jews those were born later in the years to come. Like we discussed earlier, Agag’s wife fled, through her generational line came Haman. Now probably you would have got an idea to why God said not to spare anything of the Amalakites and their king. God is beyond time and He can see the whole picture. When He says obey now, He has something fixed in the future that will avoid a lot of chaos. Haman’s venom for selfish power and destruction of the Jews rooted from the conception of his forefather.
But, GOD! doesn’t stop with us disobeying Him. And, that doesn’t mean we can take the chance of disobedience. Because, disobedience toward Him has an irrevocable price to pay, like losing a throne and kingship. Whatever is our anointing towards for deteriorates if we don’t obey God wholly and willfully. Yes, repentance is a great deal. But, again consequences for an action can never be overlooked. Prodigal son’s Father forgave Him, but did that wipe away the consequence of him struggling without food in the pig’s pen? Guilt and shame covers us immediately when we fall. Yes, God lifts us up! But, why go through the pain of feeling like a worm when Your Son-ship had a demand on His life and blood?
What a King, with all His power failed to do, an orphan girl rose up by God with favour fulfilled.
Haman was hanged and the very next day, his entire clan was put to death with no mercy. Why? Because, His revenge dawdled against God by lingering against His children. – The Apple of His eyes. This doesn’t mean we have to wait and see people who hurt us die. Esther never asked the king to hang Haman. She only laid open a request before the king to save her people and her life. When the King realized that His beloved queen’s life was in danger, He was furious and took his own decision to hang Haman. Leave the vengeance to the King, once you have totally, wholly, willfully and faithfully obeyed Him.
God knows the end before you think of your start. Hence, He is faithful to bring to completion the very good work His Spirit has begun in each of our lives (see Philippians 1: 6). Obedience is a blessing to reaching your God ordained destiny. Yes, it’s a struggle! But, when you know the One who have beautifully painted your future on the canvas of Heaven, obedience becomes a pleasure. Whenever my husband raises a final word to follow, I see love. This love supersedes a doubt if he’s considering well for me. And, this love melts my heart to not go against him in any manner.
Let’s be children who are melted to obey because of the intimate love we have for our Maker.
Echo of His Voice