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Destination: Esther 1-10
Esther 1-10
Skip Heitzig

Esther 1 (NKJV™)
1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus (this was the Ahasuerus who reigned over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces, from India to Ethiopia),
2 in those days when King Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the citadel,
3 that in the third year of his reign he made a feast for all his officials and servants--the powers of Persia and Media, the nobles, and the princes of the provinces being before him--
4 when he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the splendor of his excellent majesty for many days, one hundred and eighty days in all.
5 And when these days were completed, the king made a feast lasting seven days for all the people who were present in Shushan the citadel, from great to small, in the court of the garden of the king's palace.
6 There were white and blue linen curtains fastened with cords of fine linen and purple on silver rods and marble pillars; and the couches were of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of alabaster, turquoise, and white and black marble.
7 And they served drinks in golden vessels, each vessel being different from the other, with royal wine in abundance, according to the generosity of the king.
8 In accordance with the law, the drinking was not compulsory; for so the king had ordered all the officers of his household, that they should do according to each man's pleasure.
9 Queen Vashti also made a feast for the women in the royal palace which belonged to King Ahasuerus.
10 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, seven eunuchs who served in the presence of King Ahasuerus,
11 to bring Queen Vashti before the king, wearing her royal crown, in order to show her beauty to the people and the officials, for she was beautiful to behold.
12 But Queen Vashti refused to come at the king's command brought by his eunuchs; therefore the king was furious, and his anger burned within him.
13 Then the king said to the wise men who understood the times (for this was the king's manner toward all who knew law and justice,
14 those closest to him being Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena, and Memucan, the seven princes of Persia and Media, who had access to the king's presence, and who ranked highest in the kingdom):
15 "What shall we do to Queen Vashti, according to law, because she did not obey the command of King Ahasuerus brought to her by the eunuchs?"
16 And Memucan answered before the king and the princes: "Queen Vashti has not only wronged the king, but also all the princes, and all the people who are in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus.
17 "For the queen's behavior will become known to all women, so that they will despise their husbands in their eyes, when they report, 'King Ahasuerus commanded Queen Vashti to be brought in before him, but she did not come.'
18 "This very day the noble ladies of Persia and Media will say to all the king's officials that they have heard of the behavior of the queen. Thus there will be excessive contempt and wrath.
19 "If it pleases the king, let a royal decree go out from him, and let it be recorded in the laws of the Persians and the Medes, so that it will not be altered, that Vashti shall come no more before King Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal position to another who is better than she.
20 "When the king's decree which he will make is proclaimed throughout all his empire (for it is great), all wives will honor their husbands, both great and small."
21 And the reply pleased the king and the princes, and the king did according to the word of Memucan.
22 Then he sent letters to all the king's provinces, to each province in its own script, and to every people in their own language, that each man should be master in his own house, and speak in the language of his own people.
Esther 2 (NKJV™)
1 After these things, when the wrath of King Ahasuerus subsided, he remembered Vashti, what she had done, and what had been decreed against her.
2 Then the king's servants who attended him said: "Let beautiful young virgins be sought for the king;
3 "and let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, that they may gather all the beautiful young virgins to Shushan the citadel, into the women's quarters, under the custody of Hegai the king's eunuch, custodian of the women. And let beauty preparations be given them.
4 "Then let the young woman who pleases the king be queen instead of Vashti." This thing pleased the king, and he did so.
5 In Shushan the citadel there was a certain Jew whose name was Mordecai the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite.
6 Kish had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captives who had been captured with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away.
7 And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.
8 So it was, when the king's command and decree were heard, and when many young women were gathered at Shushan the citadel, under the custody of Hegai, that Esther also was taken to the king's palace, into the care of Hegai the custodian of the women.
9 Now the young woman pleased him, and she obtained his favor; so he readily gave beauty preparations to her, besides her allowance. Then seven choice maidservants were provided for her from the king's palace, and he moved her and her maidservants to the best place in the house of the women.
10 Esther had not revealed her people or family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it.
11 And every day Mordecai paced in front of the court of the women's quarters, to learn of Esther's welfare and what was happening to her.
12 Each young woman's turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus after she had completed twelve months' preparation, according to the regulations for the women, for thus were the days of their preparation apportioned: six months with oil of myrrh, and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women.
13 Thus prepared, each young woman went to the king, and she was given whatever she desired to take with her from the women's quarters to the king's palace.
14 In the evening she went, and in the morning she returned to the second house of the women, to the custody of Shaashgaz, the king's eunuch who kept the concubines. She would not go in to the king again unless the king delighted in her and called for her by name.
15 Now when the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his daughter, to go in to the king, she requested nothing but what Hegai the king's eunuch, the custodian of the women, advised. And Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her.
16 So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus, into his royal palace, in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign.
17 The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.
18 Then the king made a great feast, the Feast of Esther, for all his officials and servants; and he proclaimed a holiday in the provinces and gave gifts according to the generosity of a king.
19 When virgins were gathered together a second time, Mordecai sat within the king's gate.
20 Now Esther had not revealed her family and her people, just as Mordecai had charged her, for Esther obeyed the command of Mordecai as when she was brought up by him.
21 In those days, while Mordecai sat within the king's gate, two of the king's eunuchs, Bigthan and Teresh, doorkeepers, became furious and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.
22 So the matter became known to Mordecai, who told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai's name.
23 And when an inquiry was made into the matter, it was confirmed, and both were hanged on a gallows; and it was written in the book of the chronicles in the presence of the king.
Esther 3 (NKJV™)
1 After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and set his seat above all the princes who were with him.
2 And all the king's servants who were within the king's gate bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage.
3 Then the king's servants who were within the king's gate said to Mordecai, "Why do you transgress the king's command?"
4 Now it happened, when they spoke to him daily and he would not listen to them, that they told it to Haman, to see whether Mordecai's words would stand; for Mordecai had told them that he was a Jew.
5 When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath.
6 But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus--the people of Mordecai.
7 In the first month, which is the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast Pur (that is, the lot), before Haman to determine the day and the month, until it fell on the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar.
8 Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, "There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from all other people's, and they do not keep the king's laws. Therefore it is not fitting for the king to let them remain.
9 "If it pleases the king, let a decree be written that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who do the work, to bring it into the king's treasuries."
10 So the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews.
11 And the king said to Haman, "The money and the people are given to you, to do with them as seems good to you."
12 Then the king's scribes were called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and a decree was written according to all that Haman commanded--to the king's satraps, to the governors who were over each province, to the officials of all people, to every province according to its script, and to every people in their language. In the name of King Ahasuerus it was written, and sealed with the king's signet ring.
13 And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king's provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their possessions.
14 A copy of the document was to be issued as law in every province, being published for all people, that they should be ready for that day.
15 The couriers went out, hastened by the king's command; and the decree was proclaimed in Shushan the citadel. So the king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Shushan was perplexed.
Esther 4 (NKJV™)
1 When Mordecai learned all that had happened, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city. He cried out with a loud and bitter cry.
2 He went as far as the front of the king's gate, for no one might enter the king's gate clothed with sackcloth.
3 And in every province where the king's command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
4 So Esther's maids and eunuchs came and told her, and the queen was deeply distressed. Then she sent garments to clothe Mordecai and take his sackcloth away from him, but he would not accept them.
5 Then Esther called Hathach, one of the king's eunuchs whom he had appointed to attend her, and she gave him a command concerning Mordecai, to learn what and why this was.
6 So Hathach went out to Mordecai in the city square that was in front of the king's gate.
7 And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king's treasuries to destroy the Jews.
8 He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.
9 So Hathach returned and told Esther the words of Mordecai.
10 Then Esther spoke to Hathach, and gave him a command for Mordecai:
11 "All the king's servants and the people of the king's provinces know that any man or woman who goes into the inner court to the king, who has not been called, he has but one law: put all to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter, that he may live. Yet I myself have not been called to go in to the king these thirty days."
12 So they told Mordecai Esther's words.
13 And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: "Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king's palace any more than all the other Jews.
14 "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, 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?"
15 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai:
16 "Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!"
17 So Mordecai went his way and did according to all that Esther commanded him.
Esther 5 (NKJV™)
1 Now it happened on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king's palace, across from the king's house, while the king sat on his royal throne in the royal house, facing the entrance of the house.
2 So it was, when the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, that she found favor in his sight, and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand. Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.
3 And the king said to her, "What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you--up to half the kingdom!"
4 So Esther answered, "If it pleases the king, let the king and Haman come today to the banquet that I have prepared for him."
5 Then the king said, "Bring Haman quickly, that he may do as Esther has said." So the king and Haman went to the banquet that Esther had prepared.
6 At the banquet of wine the king said to Esther, "What is your petition? It shall be granted you. What is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!"
7 Then Esther answered and said, "My petition and request is this:
8 "If I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and fulfill my request, then let the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king has said."
9 So Haman went out that day joyful and with a glad heart; but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate, and that he did not stand or tremble before him, he was filled with indignation against Mordecai.
10 Nevertheless Haman restrained himself and went home, and he sent and called for his friends and his wife Zeresh.
11 Then Haman told them of his great riches, the multitude of his children, everything in which the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the officials and servants of the king.
12 Moreover Haman said, "Besides, Queen Esther invited no one but me to come in with the king to the banquet that she prepared; and tomorrow I am again invited by her, along with the king.
13 "Yet all this avails me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king's gate."
14 Then his wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, "Let a gallows be made, fifty cubits high, and in the morning suggest to the king that Mordecai be hanged on it; then go merrily with the king to the banquet." And the thing pleased Haman; so he had the gallows made.
Esther 6 (NKJV™)
1 That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.
2 And it was found written that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's eunuchs, the doorkeepers who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.
3 Then the king said, "What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?" And the king's servants who attended him said, "Nothing has been done for him."
4 So the king said, "Who is in the court?" Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king's palace to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him.
5 The king's servants said to him, "Haman is there, standing in the court." And the king said, "Let him come in."
6 So Haman came in, and the king asked him, "What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?" Now Haman thought in his heart, "Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?"
7 And Haman answered the king, "For the man whom the king delights to honor,
8 "let a royal robe be brought which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head.
9 "Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes, that he may array the man whom the king delights to honor. Then parade him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him: 'Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!'"
10 Then the king said to Haman, "Hurry, take the robe and the horse, as you have suggested, and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sits within the king's gate! Leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken."
11 So Haman took the robe and the horse, arrayed Mordecai and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, "Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor!"
12 Afterward Mordecai went back to the king's gate. But Haman hurried to his house, mourning and with his head covered.
13 When Haman told his wife Zeresh and all his friends everything that had happened to him, his wise men and his wife Zeresh said to him, "If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish descent, you will not prevail against him but will surely fall before him."
14 While they were still talking with him, the king's eunuchs came, and hastened to bring Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared.
Esther 7 (NKJV™)
1 So the king and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther.
2 And on the second day, at the banquet of wine, the king again said to Esther, "What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request, up to half the kingdom? It shall be done!"
3 Then Queen Esther answered and said, "If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request.
4 "For we have been sold, my people and I, to be destroyed, to be killed, and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and female slaves, I would have held my tongue, although the enemy could never compensate for the king's loss."
5 So King Ahasuerus answered and said to Queen Esther, "Who is he, and where is he, who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?"
6 And Esther said, "The adversary and enemy is this wicked Haman!" So Haman was terrified before the king and queen.
7 Then the king arose in his wrath from the banquet of wine and went into the palace garden; but Haman stood before Queen Esther, pleading for his life, for he saw that evil was determined against him by the king.
8 When the king returned from the palace garden to the place of the banquet of wine, Haman had fallen across the couch where Esther was. Then the king said, "Will he also assault the queen while I am in the house?" As the word left the king's mouth, they covered Haman's face.
9 Now Harbonah, one of the eunuchs, said to the king, "Look! The gallows, fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai, who spoke good on the king's behalf, is standing at the house of Haman." Then the king said, "Hang him on it!"
10 So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the king's wrath subsided.
Esther 8 (NKJV™)
1 On that day King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews. And Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her.
2 So the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai; and Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman.
3 Now Esther spoke again to the king, fell down at his feet, and implored him with tears to counteract the evil of Haman the Agagite, and the scheme which he had devised against the Jews.
4 And the king held out the golden scepter toward Esther. So Esther arose and stood before the king,
5 and said, "If it pleases the king, and if I have found favor in his sight and the thing seems right to the king and I am pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to annihilate the Jews who are in all the king's provinces.
6 "For how can I endure to see the evil that will come to my people? Or how can I endure to see the destruction of my countrymen?"
7 Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, "Indeed, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews.
8 "You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king's name, and seal it with the king's signet ring; for whatever is written in the king's name and sealed with the king's signet ring no one can revoke."
9 So the king's scribes were called at that time, in the third month, which is the month of Sivan, on the twenty-third day; and it was written, according to all that Mordecai commanded, to the Jews, the satraps, the governors, and the princes of the provinces from India to Ethiopia, one hundred and twenty-seven provinces in all, to every province in its own script, to every people in their own language, and to the Jews in their own script and language.
10 And he wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus, sealed it with the king's signet ring, and sent letters by couriers on horseback, riding on royal horses bred from swift steeds.
11 By these letters the king permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives--to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions,
12 on one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar.
13 A copy of the document was to be issued as a decree in every province and published for all people, so that the Jews would be ready on that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.
14 The couriers who rode on royal horses went out, hastened and pressed on by the king's command. And the decree was issued in Shushan the citadel.
15 So Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, with a great crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.
16 The Jews had light and gladness, joy and honor.
17 And in every province and city, wherever the king's command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday. Then many of the people of the land became Jews, because fear of the Jews fell upon them.
Esther 9 (NKJV™)
1 Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month of Adar, on the thirteenth day, the time came for the king's command and his decree to be executed. On the day that the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, the opposite occurred, in that the Jews themselves overpowered those who hated them.
2 The Jews gathered together in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to lay hands on those who sought their harm. And no one could withstand them, because fear of them fell upon all people.
3 And all the officials of the provinces, the satraps, the governors, and all those doing the king's work, helped the Jews, because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them.
4 For Mordecai was great in the king's palace, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces; for this man Mordecai became increasingly prominent.
5 Thus the Jews defeated all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, with slaughter and destruction, and did what they pleased with those who hated them.
6 And in Shushan the citadel the Jews killed and destroyed five hundred men.
7 Also Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha,
8 Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha,
9 Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai, and Vajezatha--
10 the ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews--they killed; but they did not lay a hand on the plunder.
11 On that day the number of those who were killed in Shushan the citadel was brought to the king.
12 And the king said to Queen Esther, "The Jews have killed and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the citadel, and the ten sons of Haman. What have they done in the rest of the king's provinces? Now what is your petition? It shall be granted to you. Or what is your further request? It shall be done."
13 Then Esther said, "If it pleases the king, let it be granted to the Jews who are in Shushan to do again tomorrow according to today's decree, and let Haman's ten sons be hanged on the gallows."
14 So the king commanded this to be done; the decree was issued in Shushan, and they hanged Haman's ten sons.
15 And the Jews who were in Shushan gathered together again on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar and killed three hundred men at Shushan; but they did not lay a hand on the plunder.
16 The remainder of the Jews in the king's provinces gathered together and protected their lives, had rest from their enemies, and killed seventy-five thousand of their enemies; but they did not lay a hand on the plunder.
17 This was on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar. And on the fourteenth day of the month they rested and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
18 But the Jews who were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day, as well as on the fourteenth; and on the fifteenth of the month they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness.
19 Therefore the Jews of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adar with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another.
20 And Mordecai wrote these things and sent letters to all the Jews, near and far, who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus,
21 to establish among them that they should celebrate yearly the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar,
22 as the days on which the Jews had rest from their enemies, as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them, and from mourning to a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor.
23 So the Jews accepted the custom which they had begun, as Mordecai had written to them,
24 because Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to annihilate them, and had cast Pur (that is, the lot), to consume them and destroy them;
25 but when Esther came before the king, he commanded by letter that this wicked plot which Haman had devised against the Jews should return on his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.
26 So they called these days Purim, after the name Pur. Therefore, because of all the words of this letter, what they had seen concerning this matter, and what had happened to them,
27 the Jews established and imposed it upon themselves and their descendants and all who would join them, that without fail they should celebrate these two days every year, according to the written instructions and according to the prescribed time,
28 that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city, that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews, and that the memory of them should not perish among their descendants.
29 Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter about Purim.
30 And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews, to the one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth,
31 to confirm these days of Purim at their appointed time, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had prescribed for them, and as they had decreed for themselves and their descendants concerning matters of their fasting and lamenting.
32 So the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim, and it was written in the book.
Esther 10 (NKJV™)
1 And King Ahasuerus imposed tribute on the land and on the islands of the sea.
2 Now all the acts of his power and his might, and the account of the greatness of Mordecai, to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia?
3 For Mordecai the Jew was second to King Ahasuerus, and was great among the Jews and well received by the multitude of his brethren, seeking the good of his people and speaking peace to all his countrymen.

New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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DESTINATION: Esther 1-10

The Book of Esther is the last of the Historical Books of the Old Testament. Chronologically, the events of this story fall between Ezra chapters 6 and 7, after the return of Zerubbabel and before the return of Ezra to Jerusalem. In this short book we see clearly God's providence and faithfulness in dealing with His people Israel, though the name of God is not mentioned once.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

538 B.C.
The return of the Jews from captivity begins under Cyrus

521-486 B.C.
Darius 1 reigns in Persia

486-465 B.C.
Ahasuerus reigns in Persia during the time of Esther

464-424 B.C.
Artaxerxes Longimanus reigns in Persia

458 B.C.
Ezra leads a group of returnees back from captivity

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The purpose of the Book of Esther is the recording of the institution of the Feast of Purim and the obligation of its perpetual observation. The Book of Esther was read at the Feast of Purim to commemorate the great deliverance of the Jewish nation brought about by God through Esther.

At the center of this story is the ongoing divergence between the Jews and the Amalakites, which was recorded to have begun in the Book of Exodus. Haman's goal is the final effort recorded in the Old Testament period of the complete eradication of the Jews. His plans eventually end up with his own demise, and the elevation of his enemy Mordecai to his own position, as well as the salvation of the Jews.

The book of Esther reads much like a fairy tale. The Maiden is the fairest of them all and becomes the queen of the kingdom of Persia. The Villain Haman launches his attack to destroy the Jews, but his plot is thwarted by the Hero Mordecai and his beautiful and brave cousin-daughter, Esther who risks her life to save her people.

The Book of Esther can be divided into two parts:

The threat to the Jews (Chapter 1- 4)
The Triumph of the Jews (Chapter 5-10)

PLACES OF INTEREST:

Citadel of Shushan - The kings of Persia had more than one royal palace and more than one royal city. The events in Esther take place in Shushan (Susa), which is located in present-day southwestern Iran.

Susa (Šušim) - Ancient capital of Elam, favorite residence of the Persian king Darius I the Great. Alternate name for Shushan.

The King's Gate - The gate of a city was the main area of commerce, and the entrance was available for anyone to sit and dialogue. Other gates led to the entrance of the royal courtyard. The palace area had several outer courts with various levels of access. The King's gate was likely the closest a citizen could get to the king.

127 Provinces of the Kingdom of Persia - A description of the size and complexity of the Persian kingdom – including multiple languages and scripts (3:12). Each province acted on its own to control and service the needs of the people.

PEOPLE OF INTEREST:

Ahasuerus - Persian king, identical with Xerxes (486-465 B.C.) and husband of Esther. He signed the decree written by Haman allowing him to destroy all the Jews within the Empire.

Bigthana & Teresh - Two eunuchs who were doorkeepers for the King. They were angry with King Ahasuerus, and Mordecai overheard their plot to overthrow him. Through Esther, the message was brought to the king and both men were executed. Mordecai is later rewarded for his heroic deed.

Esther - The main character in the book named for her. She was a
Jewish orphan adopted by Mordecai, her cousin. Also known as Hadassah, which means "myrtle." Her Persian name, Esther, means "star." She may have been named after the goddess Ishtar, or she could have been named for her glowing beauty.

Haddassah - Esther's Hebrew name.

Haman - He was the son of Hammedatha and was the chief minister of King Ahasuerus. He was known as Haman the Agagite, a descendant of Agag, king of the Amalekites. On account of his attempt to exterminate the Jews in the kingdom of Ahasuerus, he is frequently called "the persecutor of the Jews." His crimes against the Jews and his downfall
are remembered during the Jewish Feast of Purim.

Hathach - One of the king's eunuchs who was assigned to attend to Esther. He was used as a messenger between Esther inside the palace and Mordecai on the outside (chapter 4).

Mordecai - Son of Jair, son of Shimei, son of Kish, a Benjamite. When his uncle and aunt died, he raised Esther, his cousin, as his own daughter. They were Jewish exiles who continued to live in Persia. Mordecai was probably some type of lower official in the king's royal palace.

Queen Vashti - First queen of King Ahasuerus. When she refused to appear before the king and his court, she was deposed from her royal office.

Seven Chamberlains - They were ordered to present Queen Vashti with her crown and royal garments to all the people. They were:

1. Mehuman 5. Abagtha
2. Biztha 6. Zethar
3. Harbona7. Carcas
4. Bigtha


Seven wise men - The King's closest advisors. They advised the king on what to do with the disobedient Queen Vashti:
1. Carshena 5. Meres
2. Shethar6. Marsena
3. Admatha 7. Memucan
4. Tarshish


FUN FACTS:

Seven-Day Banquet - This was a feast for everyone in the Persian capital held in the court of the king's palace. It celebrated the completion of a 180-day display of the Kingdom's riches and royal splendor, showing all the dignitaries of his kingdom and surrounding areas the wealth of the Persians.

Twelve Month Beauty Treatment - Each of the women being considered as a replacement for Queen Vashti was put into a 12-month program. The first six months were for treatments with oils of myrrh, followed by six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying the women. The text indicates that all of these women were virgins (2:19).

Gallows - Haman ordered gallows to be built upon which he inteneded to hang Mordecai. He ordered them to be built 75 feet high (50 cubits). The gallows themselves may have been built on a structure already in place to add to their height and to make it very visible as a public display.

Pur - The word is Persian for the casting of lots. They could have been sticks of various lengths, flat stones like coins, or some kind of dice; but their exact nature is unknown. The closest modern practice to casting lots is likely flipping a coin. The Pur determine a "lucky" day for Haman to exterminate the Jews.

Feast of Purim - The festival of Purim derives its name from the lots cast by Haman. This new holiday was instituted on the day Haman had designated for the Jews' destruction - which instead became their day of liberation. It is the most joyous of all Jewish holidays and involves the mutual giving of gifts of food and drink, giving charity to the poor, and a celebratory meal (9:22); other modern-day customs include drinking alcohol, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration.

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Pastor Skip Heitzig: Heavenly Father, we are not just coming to You to fill time and to adjust our seat, we are coming to You as needy people talking to the King of the Universe, the Creator, and the one Lord who has reached out, the one with whom we have a love relationship. You are the lover of our soul and I pray Lord that we would get a deeper glimpse of Your care for us through this Book of Esther tonight that we would grow just a little bit as believers. Some of us Lord are weary, maybe we had expectations or maybe things just haven't gone well this week or month. We invite You Lord to deal with our hearts, our situation and strengthen us and encourage us. And I just pray your blessing upon these Your people here tonight, as they have taken time out of their week, their schedule, they have gotten in cars and come here and here we are seated. Lord I pray that You would reward those who diligently seek You in Jesus name. Amen!

The Book of Esther, one of only two books in the entire Bible named after a woman. The other is The Book of Ruth. Esther, in the Persian language, which is interestingly similar to Spanish, means star, estrella. How many of you knew that already? Yeah. I found that out a few years ago. Estrella Star, Esther Star in Persian. That is her name. Her Hebrew name, as we will see, is Hadassah, which means something entirely different. It means immortal tree, but she has given a Persian name in this book.

There is a question a lot of people live with as they go through life. Questions like, why do I have this crummy job? What is the purpose of life? Getting up going to work, I work cutting hair or I work as an engineer or I work in an office or I work doing law, what great purpose is there in that? How could God use that? Well I hope that Esther will answer that question once and for all, because we see somebody who was just another Jewish girl in an empire being placed strategically by God to be, as we heard even earlier, in the right place at the right time.

God never wastes a life, and when a life is dedicated to Him, when a life is converted, when you say, Lord I give You my life. God takes you up on His word and He molds you and shapes you, but He will make sure that your life once given to Him is never wasted. You may never see dramatic, overt, miraculous visible things happen. But, God can strategically move you for his kingdom sake, as we will see tonight in this book.

The Book of Esther is part of a little section of Hebrew literature called, and if you have a pen I will spell it, Meggiloth. That looks like Mega Loth M-E-G-G-I-L-O-T-H. And it means the Five Scrolls. These are five little books or scrolls in the original that are of special importance to the Jewish nation. In fact, on five different occasions throughout the year, the Jews will recite, read one of these books. So, every year it pass over, the book The Song of Solomon is read.

Every year at Pentecost, the Book of Ruth is read and recited in the synagogue. The Book of Lamentations is read once a year on a very special date called Tisha B'Av, which is the celebration annually or the commemoration of the destruction of the Jewish temple. Every Feast of Tabernacles, The Book of Ecclesiastes is read. And this book, the fifth book, the book of Esther is read at a feast called Purim. How many of you have heard of that feast, Purim?

Okay, hands down. I am going to ask you just get real honest. How many of you have never heard of that feast before, Purim? Okay, great, a lot of you, hands down. We are going to change that tonight. The introduction and the explanation of that feast is found in this book. In fact at the very end of the book, it will explain how that feast came about? Without this book, we would absolutely no idea what the captives who stayed back and didn't go to Jerusalem under Ezra, Zarubabel, and Nehemiah, we wouldn't have known what life was like for them. But, now when reading this book, we have a little snapshot of life in Persia, in the Persian Court especially.

We don't know who wrote the Book of Esther, we can only guess, there are three good guesses. I would say it's either, Mordecai, a relative of her who is mentioned in book, Ezra or Nehemiah, simply because whoever wrote it had to be Jewish, because there are a lot of references to Jewish dates and the calendar, the Hebrew calendar, and had to have knowledge of the Persian Court. And Nehemiah and Mordecai had enough knowledge of that. So, I would say one of those two in my opinion wrote this book.

Esther is a book of crises. The book unfolds a crises and the resolution of that crises. And what's great about that to me is that God isn't just the God of calm. Oh! God is in this, it's call calm and peaceful. As if to say, it's a crisis, God can't be in this and I often hear people say, God is not a God of confusion. I know He is not the author of confusion, but understand God can hop right in the middle of your crises and confusion and give you peace even though you don't see it outwardly.

There are still moorings and bearings and a great sense of peace and calm in the midst of a crisis. Interesting thing about this book is we mentioned this last weekend is the name of God is not mentioned is not mentioned in this book, not even once, although the Pagan King is mentioned a 192 times in this book. Prayer is never mentioned in this book. Obviously if God isn't mentioned nobody is praying to Him. And so it has a book that has puzzled people. Martin Luther even said, he wish this book never would have been written. He really had problems with this at first. But, to me that's what makes it so special, because you don't have to have the name of God, but as may we have even said earlier on, you have the thumbprint or the fingerprint, the evidence of the working of God.

One of the reasons you don't see God in this book is because we are dealing with Israel and their backsliding state. They are not really thinking about God, they are not obeying God in Persia. Remember they didn't go back; only 50,000 went back, the rest of them stayed back in Babylon and now taken over by Persia. So, they are not interested in furthering the kingdom, they are not interested in Jerusalem, they are not interested in God's program, they have largely stayed back and forgotten all about God and become very much like the world around them. But, here is the beauty of the book. Though they may have forgotten about God, God hasn't forgotten about them. And this is where providence comes in. If you have never thought about that word or that concept, I want you really to get that message tonight. This book shows the providence of God.

How God moves ordinary events and strings them together just perfectly so that His will, will ultimately be done, and I think God moves that way most of the times the God is moving. There are a lot of different ways God has acted in the past. As it says in Hebrew 1:1, "God who at sundry times and in diverse manners spoken times past to our fathers to the prophets." For example, number one, appearance. God made the Heaven and the Earth appear out of nothing. He just made it happen, and then to Adam and Eve, God appeared. It says, "God walked with them in the cool of the day." And then throughout Biblical history you have certain times where God will speak to His people, speak to a prophet or have an apparition of sorts. That's very rare; that is not a common everyday occurrence.

Second way God moves is an appearance but maintenance. He maintains what He created. In Colossians Chapter 1, "He, Jesus, is before all things and in Him all things are held together." He is the superglue that keeps everything running like clock work in this universe.

So appearance, maintenance, here is the third way God works historically, interference. Sometimes God will decide and it is rare, but He will do it, and throughout the Bible He did it a lot, interference. God will interrupt or supersede natural law with a miraculous event.

But, forth and this would bring us to Esther, this is by and large, how God moves most of the time is by providence, not appearance, maintenance all the time, not always by interference, but providence. So, here we are going God show me a miracle and God doesn't have to do the miracle. He can if He chooses to, but by and large, He just takes natural events and puts them together in such a way that His will, will ultimately be done.

John Nelson Darby put it this way, "God's ways are behind the scenes but He moves all of the scenes which He is behind." See, God isn't always overt, always visible, always audible. Jesus said the kingdom of God does not come with outward observation, but He is all over this book providentially.

Now, a quick outline and we are going to be reading probably more in the front and summing up more in the back, but there is only ten chapters, no problem, we will cover it. Chapters 1 and 2 form a unit; chapters 3, 4 and 5 form a second unit; and the rest of the book is the third division. So, first of all we have supernatural providence, and I will explain more as we go. supernatural providence, God is going to set things up. They ever walked into a situation say, this is a setup, that's what God does; it is a setup, supernatural providence.

Chapters 3, 4 and 5 division number 2, Satanic plot. We see a countermove like a chess game. In fact I believe that Satan thought he was saying, check to God. Of course you will see how God does a checkmate. And after the satanic plot, the third division the rest of the book is sovereign protection, sovereign protection; how God protects the Jewish people.

So, let's go to Chapter 1:1, supernatural providence. "It came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus." This is was the Ahasuerus who rained over 127 provinces, from India to Ethiopia. So, if you are wondering, well I wonder which Ahasuerus he means. That's the one, that guy. He was the ruler over the Empire. Ahasuerus or Xerxes, his Greek name will be the father of Artaxerxes, the guy who gives a command to Nehemiah to go back.

The border of the Empire on the East India, the border of the Empire on the West Ethiopia at that time, in those days when King Ahasuerus -- by the way, it means Mighty, his name means Mighty or Lion. So, this is the first Lion King. This is the Lion King, this is Ahasuerus, the Lion King, he said on the throne of his kingdom which was in Shushan, the citadel.

Then in the third year of his reign he made a feast for all of his officials and servants, the powers of Persia and Media, the nobles, the princesses of the provinces, being before him, when he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the splendor of his excellent majesty for many days. Yes, I would say 180 days in all. I would like and say, this guy knew how to party. This is six month party, a six month festival and here is why he is doing it, we know historically.

He is trying to sell these guys on a war plan. He is getting a hundred and twenty seven provinces, all the leaders, we don't know how many from each province. It could have been two thousand people in his banquet hall and for six months he is getting them together, he is wining them, he is dining them and he is trying to sell them on a war plan and here is why, over in the west at that time a new Empire is gaining strength, it is called Greece. Philip of Macedon and his son, Alexander who thought he was really great and he was, starting to gain power and influence and will eventually take over the world. So, what we are seeing here already is providence. There is going to be a power shift in the world, a power shift from the East to the West. Right now the East, Persia, they are in-charge, pretty soon Alexander the Great will conquer the world and there will be a great power shift from East to West.

The Greeks will build roads, the Romans will expand them. By the New Testament time, the whole world will speak the most exact language ever produced, the Greek language, so that the New Testament will be given to us in Greek. It's all a perfect setup for the coming of the Messiah. I did a whole study on this in Galatians 4:4, "And when the fullness of the time had come or it was just the perfect time, God sent forth his Son, born of a virgin, born under the law." So, God is starting here to setup the players for not just what is eminent, but what is ultimate in the future.

In Verses Five and following, after the six month party, he throws party number two. This is a seven day feast thanking all of his palace officials for all of their help on the first party. I mean I am telling you this guy is just like Mr. Party animal, party-hardy dude all the way. Well we are done with that party; let's have a party for the people who threw the party, who is much smaller.

Verse Nine, Queen Vashti, that's his wife, also made a feast for the women in the Royal Palace, which belonged to King Ahasuerus. Now according to social custom, men and women did it separately, there were separate gatherings. A few years ago, I was in Thailand, I didn't know protocol, I didn't know protocol. It was at a leader's conference, we are in Northern Thailand, we are out on the field, I am used to pulling out a chair for a women to sit down, the women, you serve first and then the men set. Oh no, not there.

The men eat first and are served by the women and the younger folks and I am sitting around and I invite some of the young folks and some of the women to have a seat next to me and next to us and, boy, did I get in trouble for that. It's just a very different protocol. Well, that's how Persia was run, separate different events going on.

Verse 12, "But Vashti refused to come at the King's command, brought by his eunuchs. Therefore the king was furious and his anger burned with him." The men are having a feast, feast number two, the women are having a feast, the kings says, I want to show you my beautiful trophy wife. Way to you get a load of her. Calls for Queen Vashti. Now, we don't exactly know why she refuses to come.

Possibility number one, the King wanted her to perform some lewd, sensual act, she refused to do it. Or number two, she was pregnant at the time with little Xerxes, Artaxerxes and she didn't want to go, she refused to go. Queen Vashti refuses to come at the King's command. It says notice at the end of Verse12, "his anger burned within him". History tells us this guy had an anger problem. First of all he is the king, so he can get angry whenever he feels like, right. Who is going to say, don't do that. But, he really flew off the handle. There is a story in history that says he had 300 men of Persia build a bridge somewhere down by the Persian Gulf. A huge storm came in and destroyed the bridge that the 300 had built.

He flew into a rage, went out to the water, and started hitting, beating the water. I don't know why, but he is King, he can beat water whenever he wants. So, he is hitting the water. Then he goes and kills the 300 men who build him the bridge, because it wasn't good enough. Just crazy kind of out there and so when it says, he became angry it's like, Oh-o! King is mad, what do we do?

Now, Ahasuerus had never faced this before. He had never faced feminism in the Persian Empire. He never had his wife or anybody say; no I am not going to do that. And he doesn't exactly know what to do. So, he calls in a few of the wise guys and one of them who is named here Memucan says, this is what you got to do, you got to put an end to this right now, you got to take her, kick her off the throne, get her out of the palace and put out an edict throughout all of the Empire that says, "Women don't do that to their husbands", we have to set order her. So, he does exactly that and the first women's liberation movement was stopped by the Persian Empire.

Now, there is a gap between Chapter 1 and 2. Notice how Chapter 2 begins after these things. Let me tell you what these things are, what is going on. There is a gap between Chapter 1 and 2, where king Ahasuerus aka Xerxes goes and fights a battle out West with the Greeks. It's one of the most famous battles in history, some of you have heard of it, The Battle of Thermopylae. He is defeated in this battle, even though he has a lot more men than the Greeks. Thermopylae is a little canyon area and only a few people can get through this little kind of an eyelet of a land at a time.

When the Greeks trained their soldiers they put stock in the individual and they had a saying, one Greek soldier is worth ten Persian soldiers. And so though they had a lot more men on the Persian side, the Greeks were better trained and though they had a smaller army, the Greeks defeated the Persians. It was humiliating. And so now Ahasuerus comes back home, he is back home, he didn't have his wife anymore, he can't reverse the edict, because it's a Persian edict, the law of the Medes and Persians is irrevocable. So, he is pouting around the palace, doesn't know what to do. So, after these things when the wrath of King Ahasuerus subsided, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what had been decreed against her.

Then the King's servant who attended him said, let beautiful young virgins beside for the king. So, now we have the first recorded beauty contest ever, and it takes place here. Now, there is a guy around the palace in those days named Mordecai, the uncle of Esther. Her Dad and Mom died, she is orphaned. Uncle Mordecai raised her. There is a beauty contest to get the most beautiful young woman. Verse 7, "And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, her name means myrtle, that is Esther, which means star by the way; it's possible that Babylonian Ishtar and Esther are similar. There is a gate in Babylon, I have a picture of ir, it's called Ishtar Gate and there is one of their Goddesses. So it could be that in taking over the Babylonian kingdom that these names got put together.

"Mordecai brought up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncle's daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young women was lovely and beautiful." Interesting, both of those words together lovely, probably in her personality and beautiful in her physical appearance. "When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter."

We have a problem. Mordecai is going to let Hadassah aka Esther get into this beauty contest. The Mosaic Law, the Jewish Law of Mosses forbade pagan marriages. But, Mordecai, Esther all of these Jews are not really walking close with the Lord. There is no mention of God in the book; there is no mention of prayer in the book. It's just very pragmatic at that time. But, again God is behind the scenes.

Verse 12, "Each young woman's turn came to go into King Ahasuerus after", now get this, "after" -- you couldn't go see the king right away and just say, what do you think? Look at this, "after she had completed twelve months preparation according to the regulations for women. For thus were the days of their preparation a portion of six months with oil of myrrh and six months with perfumes and preparations for beautifying women."

Okay, heads-up men. Don't complaint if your wife, spends a few hours at the salon or half-a-day at a spa. This was a year; this is twelve months at the spa. Six months was all about oil, spa day, six months of smelling good perfumes, then you can see the King, it's interesting.

It's interesting how much value the Persians put on outward beauty and it's interesting how much our culture puts on outward beauty and it's not just our culture, practically every culture in the world had some value on making the best out of what we have. Sometimes, there are legalistic Christians who say, women should never wear makeup and men and women should dress plain and whatever. I think you do the best with what you have got. J. Vernon McGee used to -- somebody asked J. Vernon McGee, I was reading this week he was a Pastor who speak here, but he was out in Los Angeles years ago and somebody came up to him and says, "Do you think women should wear make up?" It was a trick question. And he said, "It depends what woman it is." That's a good answer.

I am not going to touch that or even go any further with that, I am just giving you his answer. But, women don't feel bad if you make yourself look nice, but I am going to ask you for something. Okay, this isn't too unreasonable, equal time not for me or for the Church, but for God, whatever time you spend in getting ready in getting prepared to make yourself beautiful just maybe calculate that and give God at least equal time. That's how much time you are going to spend in prayer and in the word and in fellowship and seeking Him. That's not too much to ask. Peter said in, 1 Peter, Chapter 3, "Do not let your adornment be merely outward arranging of the hair and putting on gold and putting on fine apparel, but let it be of the hidden person of the heart." So give God at least equal time.

Verse 16, "So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus into his Royal Palace in the tenth month, which is the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign." "The King loved Esther more than all the other women. She obtained grace and favor and a site more than of all of the virgins, so he set the Royal Crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti." Here is the setup, okay. Here is the supernatural providence. God is setting all of the places on the chessboard in just the right place.

Now, she is Jewish. The King doesn't know she is Jewish and won't know she is Jewish for quite a while. Mordecai, her uncle says, "Whatever you do, don't tell the King you are Jewish, we keep it a secret here." So, it's going to be at a very providential strategic time that she lets that out.

Now she must have used her position as the new queen to put Mordecai into a prominent position because suddenly it says, "Mordecai was at the gate of the palace", and that means he was in a position of authority, he was like an elder at the palace, a bigwig, Uncle Mordecai. Mordecai being at the palace gate overhears a plot by two guys to kill the King to overthrow the government. He hears about it, he puts an end to it, but he gets no reward for it yet, yet. And this is what I want to say about that, because it was a long time before anybody found out. He did something good and honorable, nobody saw it, nobody give him a reward yet.

When you decide to do something good and honorable and obedient to God, don't live for the accolades, don't live for the applause, don't say, nobody saw me. Good God saw you. And interestingly his deed is recorded in the Persian chronicles and the King will find out about it soon enough, it's written down. But the King, at this point, doesn't know anything about it.

So, Chapter 3 now through 5, here is the second part of the book, a satanic plot. This is where the story gets really good. Verse 1, Chapter 3, "After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman", bad dude, "the son of Hammedatha the Agagite", say that twenty times Agagite. "and advance him and said and sat his seat above all the princesses who were with him". "And all the king's servants who were within the king's gate bowed and paid homage to Haman; for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or not pay homage."

Question: Why would the scripture -- and now let me give attribution, why would the Holy Spirit think it's important the readers of this book find out that this guy was an Agagite? To show you how far disobedience can take you. Let me explain. The Agagite family was the royal family of a group called the Amalekites. Heard of the Amalekites, right, they were the group that when Moses and the children of Israel were going through the land and trying to get in, the Amalekites chased them down and killed the old people and the weak people and really it was an enemy of Israel for a longtime.

Amalek was the son of Esau from way back; they have always been against the Jewish people. King Agag was the King that so refused to dispose off when the Lord gave a command to Saul to go wipe out the Amalekites, he wouldn't do it. He brought the best of the spoil and brought King Agag back right and Samuel said, "Did you obey God?" "Oh, yes, praised God, I obeyed God." "Well then how come I hear sheep noises and you have got Agag here?" "Oh, well you know he is the King and I wanted to bring the best animals to sacrifice to the Lord." It was just smoking mirrors; it was a skin of a reasons stuffed with a lie, that's what an excuse is.

He didn't kill him; he didn't wipe out all of the Amalekites as God had said. Now, in hearing that command you might think what a mean God to order the extermination of this people group. Had Saul obeyed, we never would be reading this, there wouldn't be an Agagite. They would have been gone. They posed a perpetual threat even in another kingdom. This guy turns out to be a hater of all things Jewish and wants to exterminate them.

Verse 6, "He destained to lay hands on Mordecai alone", get this, "for they had told him of the people of Mordecai instead Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus", the people of Mordecai. Now he goes to the king and he says, "King I just want you to know, I am Haman, you love me, I am good guy you have promoted me. So there is a group of people, there are problem, we have the solve the Jewish problem, we have a group of people in the kingdom they are Jewish people and they are rebels, if you just give me the permission I will give you the whole lot of money to let me carry it out. Let's kill them all."

So look at Verse 9, "If it pleases the King let a decree be written that they be destroyed and I will pay 10,000 talons of silver into the hands of those who do the work to bring it into the king's treasuries." Now may be about now you are thinking I don't know if I buy this. I mean it sounds a little fishy that a guy could just to the king and say, "Hey, we have got several thousand people in this kingdom, can we just kill them all?" "Well, sure dude here is my signet ring, get it done." You would think, well, may be he will do a little bit of investigation first right before he makes that order, until you understand he had just lost the Battle of Thermopylae, he is down a lot of troops, down a lot of money, down a lot of resources, very despondent, he has just suffered defeat and now his finances are way down, if you eliminate a group of people that are taking some of the resources away from your people will survive maybe. It would make sense if he did that.

So he sends a letter out to a 127 different leaders in these provinces and says, "On a certain day of the month let's exterminate every single Jew in the entire Kingdom." And what makes this amazing is now you have antisemitism legalized, legalized. This is pretty easy to see a satanic plot, right. It's a satanic plot, because if his plot is carried out it will change the course of redemptive history. There is not going to be a bible, there is not going to be savior; there has to be a nation of Israel for those two things to come about, right. So think of this as a battle plan from Satan's own little weird head. If God's plan of salvation depended on the existence of a nation of a people group, if His plan of salvation depends on the existence of a group, if you eliminate that group, you will have afforded God's plan.

Now when you understand that a lot of the Bible makes sense, you understand the satanic battle plot in the scripture, you understand why Pharaoh says kill every Jew in this kingdom, every boy who is born kill him, it's a girl drown it. Why so harsh? It's a satanic plot, destroy the nation, destroy redemptive history, may a God liar. Now it's easy to understand why you have a folia. In II King's Chapter 8, it says "destroy all of the Royal Seed of David" or King Herrick, "Kill all the babies in Bethlehem." It's part of that satanic plot. So Mordecai hears the news and he reacts, he is reactive and proactive. He reacts emotionally, but he is proactive decisively. He tears his cloths, it's horrible, but he has a plan by God.

Verse 13, Mordecai told them to answer Esther, go tell this to the queen.
"Do not think in your heart that you will escape the in the King's palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this." Now God has not mentioned but certainly implied in this verse.

Hmm, who knows, but this is in a set up and you happen to be here at just the right time for this purpose may be the whole reason God allowed you to be Queen is save the Jewish people.

So number one, Mordecai is saying the plan of God will not be forded. If you say no to getting involved Queen Esther to stop this vicious plot if you say not to it God's plan will be forded, deliverance will come from some where else, I don't know where else but that is the statement of faith; it's a statement of faith. And all I can imagine is maybe he was thinking, may be he -- I don't remember much scripture but I remember Genesis 12 God said if you touch my people you touch the apple of my eye and I may promises to them and I am going to stand up for them, may be he remember that. So this is a statement of faith you say no to what god want you to do or just going to the king, deliverance will come from some where else.

Number two, being queen, he would intimate here, is not accidental it's providential. Who knows but may be you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this. "Esther, sweetheart, this could be your finest hour, you got to do something; you got to talk to the King," Well, she gives the response. Verse 16, to Mordecai her uncle.

"Go gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan. Fast for me" notice not pray but fast for me "neither eat nor drink for three days day or night. My maids and I will fast likewise so I will go to the king, which is against the law and if I perish, I perish." Do you hear what she is saying? Okay, I am going to go the king it's against the law, and the story tells you that is you walk in to a Persian king and he didn't hold out of his Golden sceptre they just cut your head off, you are just dead, you have to invited, she hadn't been invited for over a month. So she knows, this is a risky business, just to go into the King, but she says, "I will do it, and if perish, I perish."

Now it's really good reasoning, because she is thinking, okay, he is right I am Jewish, they are going to find out eventually; they are going to kill me because I am Jewish. So if I don't do anything, they will kill me because I am Jewish. If I go in and he didn't find favor and didn't lift up his sceptre, he will kill me. Either way I am going to die. It's do or die. I will die because I am Jewish I will die because he is not placed. Here it goes, if I perish, I perish. Now God is behind the scenes, moving the players, setting up the events providentially so that it's a predetermined outcome. That's providence. There are two words that are put together for the English word providence: Pro means before and then Video, which means to see. Providence is simply is a word that means to see something before it happens, providence.

So, in your own personal life picture it this way. God has, I can't say a film strip, I can't even say a VCR or video of your life, but he has the DVD of your life, and he has got the Macintosh program, all set up, and he can cut and splice, so here is your life and God goes, "I don't want that; I am going to cut that piece out and add this little piece right here. I am going to set it up as I want it to happen, because I see everything in advance."

So Chapter 5 Esther goes to the King and ask for favor, and the king said to her, "What do you wish Queen Esther; what is your request?" Get this. "It shall be given to you the half of the kingdom." She might be attempted to say, "I will take half of the kingdom." So Esther answered, "If it pleases the king let the king and Haman come today to the banquet that I have prepared for him." What do you want, let us have a party. Now he is into parties as we can see. He is like, dude good idea.

But she didn't tell him the whole thing. Let's just have a party and I will tell you the rest later. So Haman feels very special, gets invited, but hates seeing Mordecai. He is just obsessed that Mordecai guy won't bow down to me. Verse 9, "So Haman went out that day joyful with the glad heart", he is going to the party, "but Haman saw Mordecai in the king's gate and that he did not stand or tremble before him, he was filled with indignation against Mordecai." So he goes home talk to his wife, I can't stand the Mordecai guy, but I get invited to do a party. I am so happy because I got a party; I am going to be with the King, I am special, but I hate that Mordecai guy. So she gives really warped advice, built a huge gallows, 75 feet tall, so you can hang Mordecai and then go to dinner.

Verse 14, "His wife Zarish and all of the friends to him, "Let the gallows be made 50 cubic high" that is 75 feet "and in the morning suggest to the king that Mordecai be hanged on it, and then go merely with the king to the banquet." And the thing pleased Haman. So he had a gallows made."

Probably on a public building already may be like on a city wall with a gallows on top of it so that the total height was 75 feet, interesting. The word for gallows could be translated a stake for impaling a person on, not just hang those, but impaling a person on or crucify. This is interesting, crucifiction was invented not by the Roman, but by the Persians. It is thought that this was some kind of stake to either impale of crucify Mordecai the Jew.

So Chapter 6 through 10, we have the third and final swath of this. We have a sovereign protection. Chapter 6:1. Gallows is made, he is going to come into the king and ask for permission to hang Mordecai. Get this, this is providence, Chapter 6 Verse 1, "That night the king could not sleep providentially." So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles, and they were read before the king. That's how you cure insomnia; you read legal briefs right, you read board minutes, Chronicles of the Kingdom. "And it was found written that Mordecai had told Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king's eunuchs doorkeepers, who had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus."

So he is reading this and he discovered, wait a minute, this Mordecai dude is a hero, an unsung hero, nobody had rewarded him. So he said and thinking, what can I do to reward Mordecai, and he is thinking, I will ask somebody who is in the palace, and so he says, who is in the palace. It happened to be Haman just walks right in the palace, as he is thinking that.

Now he is going into the palace thinking I am going to get permission to kill Mordecai; I am going to hang him, not knowing what the king has discovered.

So Verse 6, "Haman came in and the king asked him, "What shall be done for the man to whom the king delights to honor?" And Haman thought in his heart, "Whom of the king delight to honor then me?" He is totally unaware that the king is referring to Mordecai, his enemy. So he says, "Let a royal robe be brought, which the king has worn, and a horse on which the king has ridden, which has a royal crest placed on its head."

"Then let this robe and horse be delivered to the hand of one of the king's most noble princes that he may array the man whom the king decides to honor, and then preyed them on horseback throughout the city square and proclaim before him, "Thus it shall be done to the man to whom the king delights to honor." Let him be king for a day. That's what you do, let him be king for a day.

"King said to Haman, "Hurry, and take the robe and horse as you have suggested and do so for Mordecai the Jew who sets within the King's gate leave nothing undone of all that you have spoken." How did he feel at that moment? His heart just went.

Now it's time for the feast. Esther has a feast. King comes in Ahasuerus, Haman comes in, he is the honor guest. She hadn't told the king what she wants yet.

Chapter 7 Verse 2, the king says, "Okay, what do you want, ask anything up to half of my kingdom." Now the king didn't know she was Jewish, Haman did not know she was Jewish, she is about right to drop that bomb. Chapter 7 Verse 4, "For we have been sold my people and I to be destroyed to be killed and to be annihilated. Had we been sold as male and females slaves, I would have held my tongue although the enemy could never compensate for the King's loss."

"So Ahasuerus answered and said to Queen Esther, "Who is he and where is he, who would dare presume in his heart to do such a thing?"
"And Esther said, "The advisory and enemy is this wicked Haman." So Haman was terrified before the king and the Queen." Remember this king kills 300 dudes who didn't build the bridge right. Now he hears this going, oh, this is the like the worst day of my life.

In terms of chess, we call this checkmate. Whatever say it and try to do go, check there is Haman, God goes, oh really Mordecai Esther checkmate. It's over, it really is. God had just said it in. So king hears this, it's too much to handle, he goes to the garden to process what he just heard, he comes back in the palace and that time Haman who is like begging for his life has leaned over and is fallen over on the couch toward or the bed toward Queen Esther. The King sees this, and like this guy is trying to make a pass of my wife.

So they arrested him. Verse 10, "So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai and the king's wrath subsided." So this Haman guy was a pain in the neck and he got one, right, a lot of hang ups.

Okay so we still have major problem, we still have a major problem to solve in 9 minutes, 8 minutes. And chapter 8, 9 and 10 show this sovereign protection of God. Here is the problem. The King has already sent out an order an edict to 127 different provinces in his kingdom, kill all the Jews on a certain day, it's an irrevocable edict. How do you revoke that? Chapter 8 is the first time in record where this king goes out and supersedes that command with another command stating that it was done in ignorance, because of Haman. So in Chapter 8 he gives a ring, I just took up my ring as a prop, I don't know why, but he took of his signet ring and he gave his ring to Mordecai.

Now the ring of a king wasn't a wedding ring, it was a signet ring, and wherever that ring was push into wax, it was an official statement that you do whatever this thing says, because the king had sealed it with his own seal, the signet ring. He had already given his ring once to Haman who made the first edict, and then now he is giving it to Mordecai. This guy was pretty free with handling his ring out to people, right, sort of like the Lord Of the Rings. And Haman is like, he is like I am sniggle, he is like the bad guy. It's all about the power of the ring. So Mordecai now has -- he is the good guy he has the ring and Haman is going precious. He is not out at here. Sorry, my mind needs little work tonight. Okay so what he does in Chapter 8 forgive me.

Chapter 8, he sends out his fastest steeds, his fastest horses, and another edict to cancel out the first one. Chapter 8 Verse 17, "And in every province in city where ever the king's command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness a feast and a holiday then many of the people of the land became Jews, they proselytize into the Jewish religion, because the fear of the Jews fell upon them." Please understand the importance of that statement. We are talking about Persia. Iran, on that day a whole bunch of Iranians became Jews. That's monumental; that's a piece of Middle Eastern history you rarely here. It happened, but in Chapter 9 there is still a problem back at head quarters Shushan, the Palace. There are 500 conspirators, because of Haman that want to carry out the plot of killing the Jews, plus there are the family members of Haman.

So Mordecai has given all of the goods all of the house, all of the palace of Haman and they take and they kill his ten sons they are hanged on the same gallows that he had made for Mordecai. In chapter 9 Verse 20, "And Mordecai wrote, and now here is a letter to the Jews everywhere in the kingdom." "To establish among them" Verse 21, "To establish among them that they should celebrate yearly the 14th and 15th days of the month of Adar as the days on which the Jews had rest from their enemies as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them from mourning to a holiday that they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor." Verse 26, "So they called these days, Purim." Purim is the pleural. Now you understand now you have heard of feast to Purim. So next time I ask that those hands won't go up. Here it is; you read it.

So they call these days Purim. after the Pur, the name Pur, which is -- it's an Arcadian word, it's a Ancient Persian for the lot that was cast. "Therefore because all of the words of this letter what they had seem concerning this matter and what it happened to them." Chapter 10 Verse 3, notice it's a very short chapter. "For Mordecai the Jew was second to King Ahasuerus and was great among the Jews and well received by the multitude of his brethren, seeking the good of his people and speaking peace to all of his countrymen." To this day Purim is still celebrated.

I first went to Israel when I was young and living on a cabots, and I went around the month is somewhere between late February and March to this year Purim is celebrated March 21st. That's the celebration this month 2008 for Purim. It's still celebrated. When I walked into the dining hall on my cabots in Israel, and I saw this kind of girlish figure of a man hanging there. I said, who is that? They said, that's Haman. Kids beat him like Pinyadas, and they poke, they calls name out to him and have a big celebration. They have a candy and sweets, they gave a portion to poor. It's a huge celebration today in Israel a lot of fun.

Now I had planned and tried Tracy and couple of others on staff try to get the little pastries that they have on Purim to get him here for tonight, but we couldn't get a main in time. So in a few weeks to celebrate Purim, we will have special treats that are available; we will have them here on the Wednesday night. So tell out your friends, we get lot more people on Wednesday night to come.

By the little pastries are called Haman's ears, Haman Tashan, and the Haman Tash or the Haman ears, it's a beautiful little triangular pastries with fruit and nuts and the resins etcetera, and that we will have some for you in a few weeks. Anyway here is the feast of Purim. and that's how its celebrated and why.

God delivered the Jews from an attempted annihilation like with Pharaoh years earlier and set them high and honored them. He was providential. They may not be praying to Him, they may not be concerned with Him, but God will give His word keep His covenant today that honor His people and work in such a way that…

The drama, look at it this way, the drama of Esther is over but the blessings continue. The blessing of, we have the bible, the blessing of we have a savior. I tell you what, the fitting closing is to the Book of Esther allow me to read to you just a couple of verses out of Romans Chapter 9. He talks about the Israelites.

Listen to these two verses, "Who are Israelites. To whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, the promises. Whose are the fathers and of whom concerning the flesh Christ came who is over all God blessed forever. Amen." God was preserving His people so as to provide the lineage so that the books could be written from this book and the Messiah could come to save the world. That is how Christ is seen in the Book at Esther.

So picture the book like -- again that chess game, and the two invisible players are God and savior and they are moving real kings and queens and nobles on the chessboard. And so Satan sets up Haman and says, check, and God puts in Mordecai and Esther and says, checkmate, and the story of redemption goes on.

Let's pray together. Heavenly Father thank you for survey over this very unique and dramatic gripping tale of an unknown Jewish girl, and how You used her physical beauty to attract the attention of a very powerful dictator. And now all of these things were set up providentially so that Your will would be enacted, Your will in their lives, Your will for your people, Your will for the salvation history of the entire world, all hinging upon the events that take place here in the Book of Esther. No wonder it is to be a prominent record that Your people know and understand.

Lord I just would simply pray in closing, if any one is come here tonight weary and broken and beaten up by the world, maybe they have tasted religion in the past, they have tasted church going in the past, they have tasted spirituality in the past, but there is still an emptiness and there is not a relationship with God. They haven't surrendered themselves as Your servant, and they haven't asked You to forgive all of their sins and become their Lord and savior. Esther shows how important it was for You to preserve Your people, so that Your Messiah, Your Son could be born. That's Your active love, that's You behind the scenes of history moving different players.

Lord, I pray that this tale would touch certain hearts and those who don't know You yet would give their hearts to Christ. Our heads are bowed and we are praying. You are thinking about your future and you are thinking about your life and maybe you admit, I haven't really surrendered my life yet to Christ. I have come, I am interested, I am curious, but now I want to do something about it. I want to give the Lord my life. If that's you, I want you to raise your hand up right now, just keep it up for a moment. I bless you and you toward the back right up front, toward the back in the middle. Lord I pray for those around the auditorium that have raised their hand and I pray that You do a deep and abiding and internal work in their lives in Jesus name. Amen.

Would you all stand? Nick and the band, they we are going to do one final song, and I am going to ask you just to hold on and not bolt out of the door. This is the best part. Those of you who raised your hands tonight, you give him the pink slip, you give him the control of your life. You are saying, I am going to follow you, I am going to repent as the Bible calls it, turn from my path and turn from my sin and give you my life.

So I am going to ask you to say a prayer out loud after me, say this prayer from your heart, okay, mean it from your heart. Let's pray together.

Lord I give You my life. I know I am a sinner. Please forgive me. I turn from my sin, from my past, and I turn to You. I give You my life. Be my Savior and my Lord. Help me to follow You in Jesus name. Amen.

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Destination: Genesis 1-11
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We begin The Bible from 30,000 Feet with a tour of Genesis Chapters 1-11. On this flight we'll travel all the way back to the very beginning - The Creation. We'll meet the first man and woman and their deceiver - the Serpent. We'll fly over God's new creation and meet a man named Noah, who God saved from His judgment - the Flood. We'll also take a look at "beginnings," the first time things are mentioned in the Bible a special significance should be given to them. The word Genesis itself is a Greek word that means "origin," the book describes the origins of creation.
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Destination: Genesis 12-50
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This week's flight is going to take us over the second section of Genesis, which is biographical in nature and focuses on the lives of four key people. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. We'll travel through the time era known as the Age of the Patriarchs. If you look at your window, we'll be passing over Canaan and Egypt, Canaan is modern day Israel.
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7/25/2007
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Destination: Exodus 1-18
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In our third tour, we'll be visiting the book of Exodus chapters 1-18. We'll get an overview of the central historical event contained in the book, the redemption of God's people from the bondage of Egypt. The setting for our journey is the nation of Egypt and Israel's wanderings through the wilderness. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 12 and 14.
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8/1/2007
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Destination: Exodus 19-40
Exodus 19-40
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In our fourth tour, we'll again visit the book of Exodus, visiting chapters 19-40. The setting for this week's journey is the Sinai Peninsula where God reveals the Ten Commandments to the nation of Israel and gives specific instructions on how He is to be worshiped. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 20, 25, 26, 27, 29 and 32.
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8/8/2007
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Destination: Leviticus 1-17
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In our fifth flight from 30,000 Feet, we fly over the first seventeen chapters of the book of Leviticus. This is a book on worship and describes the worship life of the nation of Israel. In this first tour of Leviticus, we'll see how the first part of the book focuses on the way to God through sacrifice and lays down the law - literally - on how man was designed to live and how man can be atoned for his sins. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus: 1-5, 10, 16, 17.
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8/15/2007
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Destination: Leviticus 18-27
Leviticus 18-27
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This week's study will take us through Leviticus chapters 18-27. The theme of Leviticus could be summed up in one word - holiness. The second section of Leviticus focuses on our walk with God through sanctification. Sanctification is the process by which we become holy or set apart for God's purposes. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus 18-20, 22, 23, and 25.
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8/22/2007
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Destination: Numbers 1-14
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Our seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through Numbers chapters 1-14. Numbers is the fourth of the Pentateuch. In the Hebrew it is called ba-midbar, "in the wilderness." In the Septuagint version it is called Arithmoi or "numbers," and this name is now the usual title of the book. It is so called because it contains a record of the numbering of the people in the wilderness of Sinai (1-4), and of their numbering afterwards on the plain of Moab (26). The key chapters to review in advance are: Numbers 3, 6, 9, 11, 13 & 14.
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Destination: Numbers 15-36
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In our eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give us a tour of Numbers chapters 15-36. We'll see that the second section of Numbers covers the failure of one generation to enter the Promised Land and the reorganization of a new generation that enters into the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, and 27.
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9/5/2007
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Destination: Deuteronomy 1-34
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In our ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us on a tour through the entire book of Deuteronomy. The Hebrews called it "Elleh Haddevarim," "These are the Words," or "Devarim," (words). Deuteronomy can be organized around three messages given by Moses while the Israelites were on the plains east of the Jordan River. It occurs after the 40 years of wandering and the Israelites are now ready to enter the Promised Land. The key word of this book is covenant and speaks of the special relationship that God has established with His people. Key chapters for this flight are: 6, 7, 31, 32, 33 and 34.
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9/12/2007
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Destination: Joshua 1-12
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Pastor Skip Heitzig will be our tour guide during our tenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week's journey will take us through Joshua 1-12. We'll get to know Joshua, son of Nun, who shared in all the events of the Exodus, and held the place of commander of the host of the Israelites. The book of Joshua describes Israel's conquest of Canaan and the first section describe how Joshua conquered the land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10.
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Destination: Joshua 13-24
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In our eleventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the Promised Land. We will see how Joshua divides the land "as an inheritance to Israel," and we'll see different tribes and where they settle, both in and out of the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 13 and 20-24.
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Destination: Judges 1-10
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In our twelfth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will once again be our tour guide as we take our first look at the book of Judges. We'll see on this tour how the nation of Israel is caught in the cycle of sin and how each cycle results in ever worsening conditions for them. We'll meet some of the characters that God divinely appointed to the office of Judge. The key chapters to review for this flight are Judges 1–3 and 6–8.
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Destination: Judges 11-21
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Flight thirteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over Judges chapters 11-21. Pastor Skip Heitzig will guide us as we complete this overview of Judges. We will see that the second part of Judges shows the fragile nature of these Judges and a people who, "did what was right in their own eyes," that kept them in their sin cycle.
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10/24/2007
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Destination: Ruth 1-4
Ruth 1-4
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In our fourteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the little romantic book of Ruth. We'll see how the book of Ruth shows the godly courage and love of two very different women from very different backgrounds. We'll meet some amazing characters on this flight who become key people in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
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11/7/2007
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Destination: 1 Samuel 1-15
1 Samuel 1-15
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The fifteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on journey through 1 Samuel chapters 1-15. Join our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig for this exciting tour on which we'll meet a man who would be become King. This man's good looks, physical size and success in war made him an obvious choice from a human perspective, but the book of 1 Samuel highlights his tragic flaw - he disobeyed God's commands. From the ashes of Saul's tragedy God raises up another man who would become King, a man after His own heart, King David. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 8-10 and 15.
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11/14/2007
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Destination: 1 Samuel 16-31
1 Samuel 16-31
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will complete our tour of the book of 1 Samuel, covering chapters 16-31. On this flight we'll meet the man who God calls, "a man after my own heart (Acts 13:22)," David son of Jesse. We'll see David as a young shepherd boy who defeats Goliath and rises to national prominence overnight. His instant popularity arouses the jealousy of King Saul and forces David into hiding.
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11/21/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 1-10
2 Samuel 1-10
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Flight Seventeen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over 2 Samuel chapters 1-10. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will show us David's triumphs as King over Israel, after the death of Saul. Join us as we see how David's faith in God leads him to be victorious politically and militarily as one by one he defeats his enemies. We will also see how David's obedience leads to a new promise from God. The key chapters to review for this flight are 1-3, 5, 7 and 9.
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12/5/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 11-24
2 Samuel 11-24
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In our eighteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us to our next destination, 2 Samuel 11-24. On this flight we'll see David's transgressions and the troubles that resulted from them. By presenting both the strengths and weaknesses of David, we see a complete picture of a very real person who was described as being "a man after God's own heart." The key chapters to review are 2 Samuel 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 23, and 24.
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Destination: 1 Kings 1-22
1 Kings 1-22
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Get your travel planner out for flight nineteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over 1 Kings 1-22. On this flight we will see the transition that Israel undertakes as it moves from the rule of King David to the rule of his son King Solomon after his death. After Solomon turns from the Lord, we will see how Israel is divided and moved in and out of the power of many kings such as Ahab, Jehoshaphat, and Ahaziah. These chapters will reveal a story of true loyalty and disobedience to God. The key chapters to review are 1 Kings 1-3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 18, and 19.
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Destination: 2 Kings 1-25
2 Kings 1-25
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Flight twenty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of 2 Kings. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will continue to lead us through the history of the divided nation of Israel, and how in spite of the many kings who took control of the land, we will still see a nation without true leadership. As we soar over this book, we will see first how Israel comes into captivity by Assyria, and then the triumph of Babylon over Judah. The key chapters to review are 2 Kings 1-4, and 18-21.
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1/23/2008
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Destination: 1 Chronicles 1-29
1 Chronicles 1-29
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of 1 Chronicles. On this flight we look back once again at God's promise that He would establish His reign on earth through King David. Chapters 1-9 of 1 Chronicles will look in-depth at the the royal line of David and then we will see again the reign of David in chapters 10-29. Join us as we fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet and see how God fulfilled His promises to David and how that presents a witness of His faithfulness to us as well. The key chapters to review are 1 Chronicles 17-18, 21-22, 25, and 28-29
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1/30/2008
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Destination: 2 Chronicles 1-36
2 Chronicles 1-36
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Get ready for our twenty-second departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us soaring over the entire book of 2 Chronicles to see the beginning of the reign of King Solomon all the way to the spiritual roller coaster after Solomon's death and the separation of the kingdoms. From the building of the temple (2 Chronicles 1-9), to the decline of the temple (2 Chronicles 10-36:16), to the destruction of the temple (2 Chronicles 36:17-23), we see a parallel to 1 and 2 Kings from a spiritual viewpoint. The key chapters to review are 2 Chronicles 17-20, and 29-32.
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2/6/2008
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Destination: Ezra 1-10
Ezra 1-10
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Flight twenty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Ezra. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will point out two very important sections of this book; the restoration of the temple (chapters 1-6), and the reformation of the people (chapters 7-10). This book will continue the narrative of 2 Chronicles by showing God's faithfulness to keep His promises by returning His people to their homeland. The key chapters to review are Ezra 1-10.
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2/13/2008
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Destination: Nehemiah 1-13
Nehemiah 1-13
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Get ready for our twenty-fourth departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the entire book of Nehemiah with our pilot, Pastor Skip Heitzig. In this book, Nehemiah, the king's cupbearer, is given permission to lead third and final return to Jerusalem to repair and rebuild the city's walls. This book will show us a political construction (chapters 1-7), and a spiritual instruction (chapters 8-13). Join us as we see how Nehemiah gathers his spiritual strength from God during a time of great opposition.
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3/5/2008
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Destination: Job 1-42
Job 1-42
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Our twenty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us over the entire book of Job, the first book in the section of poetical books. This is a powerful story of a man who has everything taken from him; his health, wealth, and even his beloved family. Yet as we see God allowing Satan to test Job, God's faithfulness to those he loves is clear and Job's steadfast faith prevails. Join us this week as we see Job's dilemma (ch.1-2), the debate with his four friends (ch. 3-37), and his final deliverance (ch. 38-42). The key chapters to review are Job1-4, 8,11-12, and 29.
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3/12/2008
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Destination: Psalms 1-72
Psalms 1-72
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Psalms 1-72. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us through the first seventy-two chapters of Psalms, which is divided into five books of songs, prayers, and poetry. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 1, 14, 23, 40, and 63.
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3/19/2008
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Destination: Psalms 73-150
Psalms 73-150
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Get ready for our twenty-eighth departure of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the last three books in Psalms as we read through chapters 73-150. We will see beautiful writings of gladness and grief, pleading and prayers, and reverence and worship. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 119, and 146-150.
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Destination: Proverbs 1-31
Proverbs 1-31
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Flight twenty-nine over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Proverbs. Known for the wisdom it contains, Proverbs reveals to us how to deal with every day situations; be it love and lust, life and death, friends and enemies, and what our God loves and hates. On this flight, Pastor Skip will point out some of the most noted chapters and verses of one of the most read books of the Old Testament. The key chapters to review are Proverbs 1-2, 5, 14, 22, and 31.
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Destination: Ecclesiastes 1-12
Ecclesiastes 1-12
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Join us as we continue The Bible From 30,000 Feet, taking our thirtieth flight high above the book of Ecclesiastes. This book reveals some startling truths about how King Solomon felt about finding meaning and fulfillment in life through the things of this world, and ultimately his conclusion that "all is vanity" in a life lived without God. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 5, 8, and 12.
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Destination: Song of Solomon 1-8
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Song of Solomon. This poetic book gives us a glimpse into the true love that Solomon has for a shepherdess, and the love and fulfillment they share in a marriage relationship. At an altitude of 30,000 feet we will be able to see the strong tie into the fulfillment and joy seen in the love of God for His people. The key chapters to review are Song of Solomon 1-8.
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Destination: Isaiah 1-39
Isaiah 1-39
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Our thirty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us soaring over the entire book of Isaiah. Thought to be the greatest of all the Prophets of the Old Testament, Isaiah's ministry lasted around fifty years, and his prophecies are quoted in the New Testament more often than any other Prophet. This book shows us a mix of both prophecies of condemnation (chapters 1-39), as well as prophecies of comfort (chapters 40-66). The key chapters to review are Isaiah 1-2, 6, 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Isaiah 40-66
Isaiah 40-66
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In our thirty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the second half of Isaiah. As we look through chapters 40-66, we will see the continued work of Isaiah, and how God used his gift of prophecy, both comforting and condemning, to generate change in the individuals he encountered. The key chapters to review are Isaiah 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Jeremiah 1-52
Jeremiah 1-52
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-four over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the entire book of Jeremiah. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us at an altitude of 30,000 feet to see the three writings of the book of Jeremiah. From the warning of judgment, to the promise of restoration, and finally the protective hand of God over those He loves, we will catch a glimpse of a man who openly allowed God to speak through him in unusual and sometimes bizarre ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Jeremiah 13, 18-20, 25, 31, and 52.
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Destination: Lamentations 1-5
Lamentations 1-5
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-five over the Bible From 30,000 Feet. On this departure, we will look once again at Jeremiah in the book of Lamentations. We will learn why Jeremiah is referred to as "the weeping prophet," as we see him lament over the destruction of Jerusalem. This poetic book begins by revealing a man who is distressed for a nation under the consequences of its own sin, and ends with a prayer for the restoration of the nation from captivity. The key chapters to review are Lamentations 1-5.
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Destination: Ezekiel 1-48
Ezekiel 1-48
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In our thirty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the book of Ezekiel. We will witness prophecies we've seen in past books being fulfilled as we see Jerusalem at the time of the Second Babylonian Deportation. As Ezekiel the Priest is deported alongside his people, we see God continue to offer promises of restoration through him, bringing the people a sense of hope in spite of their current tribulations. The key chapters to review are Ezekiel 1-3, 7, 33-34, and 38-39.
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Destination: Daniel 1-6
Daniel 1-6
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Flight thirty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on a tour of Daniel 1-6. In these chapters, we will see the first of the deportations of the Israelites to Babylon, and witness both the prophetic history of the book, as well as the four prophetic visions of Daniel. Ultimately, the powerful stories in Daniel reveal a man of God; unwilling to compromise and full of faith. The key chapters to review are Daniel 1-2.
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Destination: Daniel 7-12
Daniel 7-12
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Our thirty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through the second part of Daniel. As we look at chapters 7-12, we will see the four prophetic visions of Daniel, and observe how his faith in God's fulfillment of prophecies led him to fervent prayer for the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Daniel 9-12.
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Destination: Hosea 1-14
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our thirty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the entire book of Hosea, a man called to prophesy to the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam. As Hosea addresses the sins of the nation, we will see how God used the graphic parallel between his adulterous wife and the unfaithfulness of Israel. The key chapters to review are Hosea 1-4, 6, 9, and 11.
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Destination: Joel; Amos; Obadiah
Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah
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Get ready for flight forty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us soaring over Joel, Amos, and Obadiah. In these three books, we take a look at the strong warnings that God gives His people against greed, injustice, false worship, and self-righteousness. We'll see God's use of these ordinary men to give extraordinary messages; we'll witness His patience, and at the end, we'll see how He stands ready to forgive and restore all who turn away from their sin. The key chapters to review are Joel 1-3, Amos 1, 3 and 7, and Obadiah 1.
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Destination: Jonah 1-4
Jonah 1-4
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Our forty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us to the well known book of Jonah. In this book, we will see what God can do in the life of a prophet, even one who is blatantly disobedient. Despite Jonah's defiance, God strongly redirects his path and brings him to repentance through a very unique situation. By the end of the book, we will see Jonah right back where he started and bringing God glory by doing exactly what He had originally asked of him. The key chapters to review are Jonah 1-4.
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Destination: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk
Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our forty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk, three prophets used by God to criticize, comfort, and encourage the people of Judah. Through these prophets, God's people confess their sins and are confident in the salvation of God's mighty acts. The key chapters to review are Micah 1-7, Nahum 1-3, and Habakkuk 1-3.
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Destination: Zephaniah & Haggai
Zephaniah; Haggai
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Prepare yourself for our forty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This flight will take us soaring over the entirety of both Zephaniah and Haggai. The two books cover five chapters which speak of the coming Day of the Lord, His wrath upon Judah and her neighbors, and an encouragement after their return from exile to rejoice and rebuild the Temple. The key chapters to review are Zephaniah 1-3 and Haggai 1-2.
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Destination: Zechariah and Malachi
Zechariah; Malachi
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We are about to take our forty-forth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, journeying over the final two books of the Old Testament. In ending the Minor Prophets, we'll first look at the expanded message of rebuilding the temple as Zechariah encourages the people to look to the future reign of the Messiah. We will then speed forward 100 years after the temple was rebuilt to the book of Malachi, where God's chosen people had once again slid back into their sinful practices. After 400 years of prophetic silence, Malachi brings a message of exhortation to the people who had resettled in Jerusalem. The key chapters to review are Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi 1-4.
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Destination: Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Matthew, Mark; Luke
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Get your travel planner out for our opening tour of the New Testament and flight forty-five of the Bible from 30,000 Feet! This flight will take us on a sky-high tour over the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke. These three synoptic gospels give us our first glimpses of Jesus' life and death here on earth. We'll see the service, sermons, sacrifices, and sovereignty of our King as we witness the fulfillment of many of the Old Testament prophecies we have previously studied. The key chapters to review are Matthew 1-5 and 17, Mark, and Luke.
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Destination: John
John
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of John, written by the Apostle John from Ephesus between A.D. 80-90. The spiritual depth of this book and its presentation of the incarnation through the God-man Jesus Christ sets it apart from the other gospels.
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Destination: Acts
Acts
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On our forty-seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give a tour of the entire book of Acts. Acts is the history of how Christianity was founded and organized and solved its problems. The gospel writer Luke tells the story of how the community of believers began by faith in the risen Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, the promised Counselor and Guide, who enabled them to witness, to love, and to serve.
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Destination: Romans
Romans
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We are about to take our forty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Join us as we soar over the entire book of Romans, Paul's letter to the church in Rome. This letter primarily focuses on the basic gospel message along with God's plan of salvation and righteousness for all humankind, Jew and Gentile alike. In our broad overview, we'll take a look at Paul's strong emphasis of Christian doctrine and his concern for Israel. The key chapters to review are 1, 3, 4, and 9-11.
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10/8/2008
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Destination: 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! As we look at 1 Corinthians, we'll see Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. His letters to the influential church confront their "religious" and arrogant mindsets and defend his ability to be an apostle of Christ. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the turnaround and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 1 Corinthians 2-3 & 12-13.
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10/15/2008
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Destination: 2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
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Our fiftieth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us on a flight over the second of Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. Between 1 & 2 Corinthians, the congregation was influenced by false teachers who spread opposition to Paul. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the repentance of the people to God and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 2 Corinthians 4 & 12.
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10/22/2008
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Destination: Galatians
Galatians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of Galatians, a clear letter to the church in Galatia about the importance of remembering grace through faith and not the law. Paul's forceful letter addresses issues of legalism in the church and the false gospel of works. The key chapters to review are Galatians 1-6.
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11/5/2008
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Destination: Ephesians
Ephesians
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Who are we in Christ? Grab your travel planner for flight fifty-two as we look at the book of Ephesians, Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus. In this book, Paul explains how we are the bride of Christ, a temple, and a soldier for the gospel. The unity that Paul emphasizes is described as a body working together for a common goal. The key chapters to review are Ephesians 1-6.
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11/19/2008
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Destination: Philippians
Philippians
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In our fifty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us through the book of Philippians, another of Paul's letters to the church. Referred to as "the epistle of joy," the message contained in these pages is one of long suffering and joy in the midst of Paul's time in prison. Despite his trials, we will see Paul rejoice over the church in Philippi and encourage them in unity, humility, and prayer. The key chapters to review are Philippians 1-4.
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1/7/2009
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Destination: Colossians
Colossians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-fourth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! On this flight, we will take a look at the young church in Colosse, and how they became the target of a heretical attack. The main theme in the book of Colossians is the complete adequacy of Christ as contrasted with the emptiness of mere human philosophy. The key chapters to review are Colossians 1-4.
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1/14/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Thessalonians
1 Thessalonians 1-5;2 Thessalonians 1-3:18
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In our fifty-fifth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Both books are written as an encouragement to the church in Thessalonica, exhorting them in the word, warning them against pagan immorality, and urging them to remain steadfast in the truth of the Lord. The key chapters to review are 1 Thessalonians 1-5 and 2 Thessalonians 1-3.
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1/21/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Timothy
1 Timothy 1-6;2 Timothy 1-4:22
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Join us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Timothy as we take our fifty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. These loving letters to Timothy, a young pastor in Ephesus, reveal Paul's true love for his brother in Christ and desire to encourage him in the Word and warn against false teachings. In these letters, Paul exhorts Timothy to stand strong and "preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:2). The key chapters to review are 1 Timothy 1-6 and 2 Timothy 1-4.
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1/28/2009
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Destination: Titus and Philemon
Titus 1-3:15;Philemon 1:1-25
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Get your travel planner out for flight fifty-seven of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the books of Titus and Philemon. While the letter to Titus focuses on the importance of sound doctrine and the elements of the church order, Philemon takes a more personal approach and speaks on the application of the great principles of Christian brotherhood to social life. The key chapters to review are Titus 1-3 and Philemon 1.
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2/4/2009
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Destination: Hebrews
Hebrews
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In our fifty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the book of Hebrews. Although the author of the book is not fully known, this well written letter reveals a man with a great desire to encourage Jewish believers to continue in the grace of Jesus Christ, instead of trying to escape persecution by bowing to the rites and rituals of Judaism. The key chapters to review are Hebrews 1-2, 6, 11, and 13.
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2/11/2009
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Destination: James
James
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Our fifty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the distinctive book of James. Although grace through faith in the cross was vital for Jewish believer to understand, James addresses the issue of faith without a consistent lifestyle. This epistle adamantly declares that, "Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead, also." (James 2:26) The key chapters to review are James 1-5.
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2/18/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Peter
1 Peter 1-5; 2 Peter 1-3
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us on a tour of the books of 1 & 2 Peter. Peter's first letter to the church exhorts Christians to remain steadfast in their faith when under persecution, and his second letter tackles the issue of false teachers and a need for discernment against the spreading apostasy. Both books contain a level of warmth in Peter's expressions, making them a great source of encouragement. The key chapters to review are 1 Peter 1-5 and 2 Peter 1-3.
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2/25/2009
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Destination: 1 John
1 John
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In our sixty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the book of 1 John. John writes to define and defend the nature of the person of Christ against heretical teachings affecting the early church. As John addresses the heretical teachings of the time, he also addresses the preeminence of God's love for us, and our duty to love others in return. The key chapters to review are 1 John 1-5.
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3/25/2009
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Destination: 2, 3 John and Jude
2 John, 3 John; Jude
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Flight sixty-two over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will give a sky high view over three small but concise books, 2 & 3 John and Jude. While all three books have a different primary focus, all are written with the purpose to encourage the church to keep a strong biblical foundation. This study will take us through the importance of biblical discernment, the need to be in fellowship with other believers, as well as the vital need to keep strong in the faith. The key chapters to review are 2 & 3 John, and Jude.
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4/1/2009
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Destination: Revelation 1-11
Revelation 1-11
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With only two more flights to go, we welcome you to get your travel planner ready for the first half of the book of Revelation and flight sixty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Considered to be one of the most powerful books in Scripture, Revelation is a direct vision from God, to John, which he was asked to record for future generations. Revelation 1:19, "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later." As the final warning to the world of the tribulation to come, it also serves as a source of hope for the Church. The key chapters to review are 1-4, 7, and 11.
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4/8/2009
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Destination: Revelation 12-22
Revelation 12-22
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Flight sixty-four brings us to the end of the scriptures and the second and final part of the book of Revelation. Chapters 12-22 lead us into some of the most thrilling text in the entire Bible, giving us a glimpse into the seven bowl judgments, the Beast, and the future tribulation, but also bringing us great hope for God's Church. The key chapters to review are Revelation 12-14, 18, and 20-22.
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4/15/2009
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Bible from 30k Final Q&A
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We have landed our flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. As we touch down and head to pick up the final baggage from our 65 flight series, our last sky-high view of the scriptures will includes this final Q&A Celebration. Pastor Skip and others answer questions from the last year, as well as on the spot questions from the audience.
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There are 64 additional messages in this series.