Friday, September 21, 2018

Esther 1:1-22 (Daily Bread of 21/9/2018)

Book of ESTHER
Introduction
An anonymous author wrote this story which occurred during the time of Ahasuerus, known in Greek as Xerxes I, around 470 BC. He is Darius' son. Some Jews had already returned to Jerusalem, but the rest were taking care of their businesses in Persia. They were ignored and despised by the Persian natives. This story is about a woman of faith who came to save her people who were in danger because of a plot by a Haman enemy. It is the origin of the Jewish holiday is still celebrated. It's called Purim. Three themes are to be noted in this book: divine providence, human responsibility and the absurdity of evil. Esther is supposed to be the prefiguration of Christ.

VASTHI REFUSED TO BE PRESENT

Key Verse 1: 12
Proverbs 16:18 says that pride precedes one's disaster and an arrogant spirit precedes one's fall. Chapter 1 of Esther's book tells us a lot about Queen Vashti's action.             
1. A King's Feast (1-8)
The King threw a great feast. The role of this feast was to manifest  the King's greatness and the luxuriance of his kingdom. All the eunuchs, princes and satraps were gathered to celebrate it for 6 months. After this, the palace was opened for all the people of Suze during one week. It was really a huge national program. It was also the usual custom of the world's powers. Nevertheless, all the glory of the world is like the flower on a blade of grass that dries up and disappears (1P 1:24).

2. Pride Vasthi (9-22)
Besides the feast amongst the men, there was also a feast for the women. The princes' wives and others came to this one and gathered around the Queen. The King wanted to brag about the Queen's beauty and as a special program he called Vasthi before all. It was because of his vanity. Vasthi would have felt this and refused to go, not wanting to play like a doll. It is understandable nowadays. Moreover she was a Queen who wanted some autonomy as first lady. However, unfortunately, it is not nowadays. At that time, there was a strict protocol of the queens and even for the kings. According to the royal consultation, one of the princes Memoukin, the influence of the Queen's act on homes and women would be dangerous. God had this event in His hand and He used her mistake  set up Esther's coronation of Esther. We must remember how much pride is a factor that precedes destruction. Then we must take into account the influence we have on others. Jesus says that the higher someone is, the more God will ask them to be responsible.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Acts 9: 31-43 (Daily Bread of 14/9/2018)

TABITHA, GET UP
Key Verse 9: 40
Like Philip, and Paul was solitary, because even if he came and went with the disciples, he was an exceptional case as he was called alone on the way to Damascus. Pierre acted solo this time. Here are the two episodes of the miracles that he performed.        
1. Aeneas was healed (31-35)
After Paul's conversion, the cities were quiet. Paul was the leaders' target and served as a bulletproof device for their animosity. It was a favorable time for evangelization. Peace does not necessarily guarantee the advancement of the Gospel. Peter arrived at Lydda. There was a paralytic called Aeneas. Peter proclaimed his healing in the name of Jesus Christ and raised Aeneas from his paralysis. Aeneas even picked up the bed himself, without any dependence. This served as proof of inner healing itself. Many were converted because of this miracle.

2. Dorcas was resurrected (36-43)

Tabitha whose other name was Dorcas was a Jaffa woman living close to Lydda and she was full of kindness and magnanimity. She was selfless in welcoming the poor to her surroundings through her specialty, which was knitting. She died as a result of an illness. Being invited by the disciples of the Jaffa city, Peter went there and went up to the upper room where she was deposited. He prayed there. He said, "Tabitha, get up." She opened her eyes and sat down, yawning. Then she was presented alive. Amazed, many were converted. These two works in the pagan region became widerspread. Many people were surprised, but nothing is surprising to God, and those who depend on the Holy Spirit can do great works. Although external miracles are lessened in our modern times, their need being superfluous, healing and inner resurrection continue today, through the repentance of men. If we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, we can raise and resurrect sick and dead souls like Aeneas and Dorcas.       

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Acts 9: 31-43 (Daily Bread of 14/9/2018)

TABITHA, GET UP
Key Verse 9: 40
Like Philip, and Paul was solitary, because even if he came and went with the disciples, he was an exceptional case as he was called alone on the way to Damascus. Pierre acted solo this time. Here are the two episodes of the miracles that he performed.        
1. Aeneas was healed (31-35)
After Paul's conversion, the cities were quiet. Paul was the leaders' target and served as a bulletproof device for their animosity. It was a favorable time for evangelization. Peace does not necessarily guarantee the advancement of the Gospel. Peter arrived at Lydda. There was a paralytic called Aeneas. Peter proclaimed his healing in the name of Jesus Christ and raised Aeneas from his paralysis. Aeneas even picked up the bed himself, without any dependence. This served as proof of inner healing itself. Many were converted because of this miracle.

2. Dorcas was resurrected (36-43)

Tabitha whose other name was Dorcas was a Jaffa woman living close to Lydda and she was full of kindness and magnanimity. She was selfless in welcoming the poor to her surroundings through her specialty, which was knitting. She died as a result of an illness. Being invited by the disciples of the Jaffa city, Peter went there and went up to the upper room where she was deposited. He prayed there. He said, "Tabitha, get up." She opened her eyes and sat down, yawning. Then she was presented alive. Amazed, many were converted. These two works in the pagan region became widerspread. Many people were surprised, but nothing is surprising to God, and those who depend on the Holy Spirit can do great works. Although external miracles are lessened in our modern times, their need being superfluous, healing and inner resurrection continue today, through the repentance of men. If we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, we can raise and resurrect sick and dead souls like Aeneas and Dorcas.       

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Acts 4:23-31 (Daily Bread of 31/8/2018)

THEY CONFIDENTLY ANNOUNCED
Key Verse  4  31
The event presented in this text is something comparable with that of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit came down when they were praying. What were their prayer topics?         
1. Through David's mouth (23-26)
In light of the miracle, the fear of the crowd, and the ex-infirm's testimony, the religious powers were forced to release the apostles. Especially Peter and John were able to boldly testify  before the Sanhedrin, who finally accepted and released the apostles. It was a miracle from God. This was proof that God had not abandoned them, but always accompanied them. They then greatly worshipped God with all their hearts. They remembered David's prophecy of Psalm 2 and understood that the powers of the world were conspiring against the Holy One of God.
2. Give us to advertise with confidence (27-31)

The threat, although passed, was still present. Jesus was once crucified by the League of Politicians and Religious. It will be the same for his faithful ones. The powers of the world, political and religious will come together and kill the faithful. The servant cannot be greater than the master, Jesus once said. That is why these faithful, after praising, began to pray intensely. They said, "Pay attention to us , Lord. "They recognized their total helplessness. They asked God for mercy and protection. Their subject of prayer is twofold: first, to strengthen their interior, so that they may have the full assurance of Jesus. Insurance corresponding to faith is essential for witnessing and preaching. Peter and John's assurance was the locomotive behind the miracle of the lame's healing. Second of all subject on the prodigy is the result of the first. Without this assurance there is very little chance of success. What does it mean to have assurance? When the atmosphere is hostile and rejection is common one's assurance shrinks. Skepticism is an ideology of our times. The assurance  begins by saying "yes. "To say it louder say Amen.

Acts 3:1-11 (Daily Bread of 28/8/2018)

IN THE NAME OF JESUS, GET UP AND WALK
Verse Key 3  6
Here we see the first healing that the apostles performed. John and Peter were together as a team. The cripple had his own expectation, but God offered him something much more precious.    
1. Waiting for a lame person (1-5)
A lame man was brought to Peter and John. This man was quite well known by all, for he sat before one of the gates of the temple for almsgiving, for a very long time as he was crippled from birth. Surely he had been abandoned by his relatives. Begging was his job and his habit. He couldn't see the end of his fatalistic life. One day, everything changed. The people brought him to be healed by the apostles. However, the cripple had a rather mediocre expectation . He was looking for some material help. Indeed, even though he saw with his two eyes like the others, he was spiritually blind. The apostles asked him to fix his gaze on them.
2. In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, stand up and walk (6-11)

Peter understood the cripple. Peter saw a fundamental need which is of the spiritual order and which concerned his soul. For this, the cripple needed faith. Hence his preliminary request to look at him and Jean. His life was defeatist, but he needed to praise God, his Creator, and thus experience unspeakable joy. Peter admitted that he had no money. He knew that above all he had something in particular. It was the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. What's that name? He is the one who died on the cross, but rose again on the third day, crushing Satan's head. What a dear name for Peter, for all men and for this defeatist man in particular. Peter knew that this precious name has immeasurable power, and was able to deliver any imprisoned soul. When they had a clear conviction about the power of this name, the disciples were able to deliver a soul  from the incurable disease. Thank you for that powerful name that saves us!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

1 Samuel 20:1-21:1 (Daily Bread of 21/8/2018)

DAVID AND JONATHON SEPARATED
Key Verse  20: 16a
David's safety was in danger. He was running away. Today's Word tells us how David finally separated from Jonathon. They nevertheless established an inviolable alliance .

1. David went to Jonathon (1-8)
David was fleeing because even Samuel could not do anything for David when Saul was overrun by the demon of jealousy. He was in a dead end across from Saul's camp, which kept hugging him. Then David, as if he were drowning and forced to seize his last chance, went to Jonathon. He complained to him, for he had done nothing wrong against his father, the King. Jonathon still seemed to trust his father. David wanted to confirm his father's will for him. He did a test that would serve as a sign. David would be absent on the new moon festival. The sign should be manifested in the King's words, according to what was in his heart. 

2. Both cried and separated (9-24)

Jonathon carried David's message to the King. The King was furious and insulted Jonathon and this definitively changed his mind. It was clear that the King had decided to kill David. Jonathon did the sign that had been arranged before he went to the feast, for the King had decided to eliminate David. David understood that the King's heart was firm and irremediable and he had to flee. David and Jonathon cared for each other with a love stronger than that which can be found in any woman and they made a covenant. This covenant stated that since Jonathon had let or helped David go, his house and his descendants will not be destroyed by David. This covenant will always stand before God and David. David will not infringe the right of Jonathon's house, according to this perpetual covenant. Jonathon and David both got up, embraced each other and wept. David did so more than Jonathon. The close friends separated. Now David was absolutely alone, and the world before him was like a vast ocean on which his life sailed like a flickering wherry.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

1 Samuel 13:15-14:23 (Daily Bread of 14/8/2018)

JONATHAN
Key Verse  13:6

Jonathan makes his appearance today . He went up to the camp of the Philistines and overcame them. Who is this outstanding Jonathan? What can we learn from him in God's fight? 
                       
1. Israel in the state of depravation (15-22)
Israel's camp was in extreme poverty. There were only 600 men near Saul the king, and few of them had what could be called weapons. Moreover, all the blacksmiths of Israel were captured or returned to the Philistines, so that they had to sharpen their tools the Israelites had to go to the Philistines. Three troops  amongst the Philistines came out to ravage the Israelites. Truly, the nation of Israel was in great danger and under insurmountable threat.         

2. Jonathan infiltrated the enemy camp (14:1-23)

Without his father Saul knowing, Jonathan went out with his arm carrier, and went up to the enemy camp. Instead of having the usual acrimonious and delicate prince mentality, Jonathan had a firm character. He dared to save his nation from danger with his best efforts. God uses brave men or women to save His people. Jonathan sought the sign, and found that God would go up to the enemy camp with him. His soul bearer was an excellent collaborator, for he was entirely obedient to his master. God uses men or women who collaborate as one body. Jonathan's courage threw the enemy into panic and it was seen on another side of the ravine. Saul was superstitious about the religious ceremony, as there was some time to go. This one doesn't give victory. On the other hand, the courage of faith gives victory. Even the Israelites, who were afraid and hid themselves, went up and fought the enemy. God delivered His people with His power.