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“So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then was the king’s wrath pacified”. Esther 7:10 (KJV)

In the Bible days, when people are sitting down in the banqueting table they recline, the seats are positioned such that the occupant assumes a “resting” position. Esther called for a banquet and invited Haman, but Haman didn’t know it was a set up. When he came, Esther told the king about the plan to kill her and the Jews. On learning that it was Haman, the king walked out to the palace garden. Whilst pleading frantically for his life, Haman fell on that same bed where Esther was seated. By the time the king turned his face, he was further aggrieved, as it appeared that Haman tried to harass the Queen even in his presence. At that point, he was told that Haman had prepared gallows to hang the Jews, and he instructed that Haman be hanged on it. I declare that whoever has prepared gallows for you shall hang on it. Your adversary will make a mistake. You will not fall victim of their plans. Their evil plans will choke them.

Remember the story of Samson. Before he was born, there was a prophetic declaration over his life; that he was going to be a Nazarene; he wasn’t going to drink wine.  This is because he was going to deliver the children of Israel from their enemies. Samson grew to become very strong, such that the philistines could not stop him. Many times, they would try to trap him but they never succeeded. He carried the gate of a city and even used the jawbone of an ass to kill over one thousand Philistines. Even when he messed up, Samson was still powerful. You would have expected that his strength would diminish every time he erred. That is the power of Grace at work.

It seemed Samson was not qualified, but grace qualified him. I have always said that we should never to approach God on the basis of our qualifications. Approach Him based on what Jesus did, not what you did. There is nothing that you do, that can suffice. Our righteousness is dead works and like filthy rags before Him. Only His righteousness can make you stand.

Further reading: Esther 7:1-10; Judges 15 & 16

Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Proverbs 27-29; Evening- 2 Corinthians 10

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