Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 19, 2016

“That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ”

Today’s devotion comes from Esther chapter 3.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Esther+3&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 After these events King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and established his authority over all the princes who were with him. 2 All the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate bowed down and paid homage to Haman; for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage.

5 When Haman saw that Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage to him, Haman was filled with rage.  6 But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him who the people of Mordecai were;  therefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.

7 In the first month, which is the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, Pur, that is the lot, was cast before Haman from day to day and from month to month, until the twelfth month, that is the month Adar.  8 Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom;  their laws are different from those of all other people and they do not observe the king’s laws, so it is not in the king’s interest to let them remain.

13 Letters were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces to destroy, to kill and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, women and children, in one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to seize their possessions as plunder.”  Esther Chapter 3:  Verses 1-2 and 5-8 and 13.

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The Psalmist prays for protection in the following Psalm chapter 84 whose words could be used as a response to Haman’s plot to destroy all the Jews in today’s Scripture and could also be used as an appropriate response and prayer for protection at other times in history as well.

“1 O God, do not remain quiet;
Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.
2 For behold, Your enemies make an uproar,
And those who hate You have exalted themselves.
3 They make shrewd plans against Your people,
And conspire together against Your treasured ones.
4 They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation,
That the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
5 For they have conspired together with one mind;
Against You they make a covenant:

13 O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
Like chaff before the wind.
14 Like fire that burns the forest
And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire,
15 So pursue them with Your tempest
And terrify them with Your storm.
16 Fill their faces with dishonor,
That they may seek Your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever,
And let them be humiliated and perish,
18 That they may know that You alone, whose name is the Lord,
Are the Most High over all the earth.”  Psalm Chapter 84:  Verses 1-5 and 13-18.

Notice that the Psalmist identifies himself and his people as “Your people” and “Your treasured ones” in verse 3.  That is who we are in Christ.

And, notice that the Psalmist identifies his enemies as “Your enemies” (God’s enemies), “those who hate You”, and “Against You” in verses 2 and 5.

Some doctrine figuratively tries to pull us out of Christ to get us to examine ourselves under the Law and to deal whatever confronts us through our own alleged free-will and wisdom.

But, Reformed Doctrine continually hides us in God’s Unconditional Elect whom God placed in Christ as His people, His possession.

“Q. 1.  What is thy only comfort in life and death?

 A.  That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ;  who, with His precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil;  and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head;  yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.  Heidelberg Catechism.

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