DELIVERANCE

As Moses stood before the burning bush located on the backside of the desert near Mt. Horeb in the Sinai Peninsula, he was told by God the cries of His people under bondage in Egypt had reached His ear. He had seen their affliction; He knew of their sorrows. God told Moses He observed the oppression the Children of Israel were under and He was come to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptian Pharaoh and their cruel taskmasters, and bring them into a land that flowed with milk and honey (Exodus 3).

A millennia later the Jewish people who were living in exile in Persia under King Ahasuerus during the Babylonian Captivity found themselves decreed to be destroyed throughout the entire province by the hand of wicked Haman on the thirteenth day of the month Adar (March). The Persian people were to rise up and destroy “all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day.” The cry of God’s people once again reached His ear and deliverance was orchestrated by the hand of God through the efforts of Queen Esther and her cousin, Mordecai, by a subsequent decree issued in King Ahasuerus’ name allowing the Jews to defend themselves on that fateful day (Esther 3:8-4:3; 8:1-9:22).

The deliverance of God’s people from both the Egyptians and the Persians caused great rejoicing as evidenced by Moses’ song of praise to God in Exodus 15 and the celebration of the Feast of Purim which continues to this day found in Esther chapter nine. But both of those events were temporary deliverances, for each and every person longs for a permanent deliverance and a peace that endures. As Mordecai sent letters to every village and town “both nigh and far” establishing the days of rejoicing to be observed yearly, the LORD promises “Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near,” (Isaiah 57:18-19). The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus in Asia Minor of Christ being our Peace, “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ… that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross… came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh,” (Ephesians 2:13-18). Christ has become our eternal Deliverance through the shedding of His blood for our sin, “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being,” (Acts 17:28).

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