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Esther 1:3:15

(2 Timothy 2:15 AMP) Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.

Paul’s directive to Timothy is what I need to hear to remind myself that this book of Esther is a book within the Official Cannon, and as Mike so wonderfully reminded us two days ago, we must look at everything in the Word in context to the verses and chapters before and after, and look at how the book fits into the entire Bible. I don’t know how many times I’ve read through the Book of Esther, I know that I have read it more than 20 times, and probably studied it about five. However never before has this book hit me as it did this morning.

All of us going through this Bible Reading Plan for the year have approached the task for many different reasons. Even atheists read through and study the Bible to prove that it is contradictory and that God doesn’t exist, and some know the Bible better than Believers, though they cannot understand it. When a passage in the bible hits you and disturbs you then it is time to take note. For me it has been the first three chapters. Although at times, extremely painful memories are released, or the Word, like a mirror is reflecting back ugliness of sin, I’ve learned that I am either able to handle what is being stirred up, thus I’m going through a period of growth, or a hardened shell around my heart has been cracked and something painful and cancerous has been pierced and the poison has been released.

I grew up in households and churches where people went to church, quoted scripture yet did despicable things. They never took to heart Jesus’ reprimand to his disciples about children,

And whoever receives and accepts and welcomes one little child like this for My sake and in My name receives and accepts and welcomes Me. But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in and acknowledge and cleave to Me to stumble and sin [that is, who entices him or hinders him in right conduct or thought], it would be better (more expedient and profitable or advantageous) for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be sunk in the depth of the sea.
(Matthew 18:5-6 AMP)

The two households were loaded with abusive people. Since like attracts like, the churches attended were also abusive and used scripture to justify that abuse, thus the reference to 2 Timothy 2:15. One of the Books misused was the Book of Esther. The account of the pageant, Esther’s uncle placing her in the pageant, with the talent portion being how good you were in bad, was used by the “good” brothers in the church, with the consent of parents, single and otherwise, to prey on children.

This abusive policy was not an anomaly happening in a corner or a specifice place or time. Years latter, in my last year of school ,‘89/90, the head of Campus Ministry asked me to attend a bible study/group that had been given sanction to be one of the Student Organizations on Campus. She wanted me to evaluate what was going on within that group because, “Something didn’t seem right to her,” and she was right.

The same Book of Esther was being used in the same way in this supposed Bible Study. They were teaching that women were to be submissive to men, any man who was in this particular church/group. The men had a right to “try out” the women in bed because after all it was in the Bible. The organization was politely asked to cease and desist and their campus privileges were removed as well as their funding. The reason this craziness and deception worked is that most believers do not read the Word, thank you Mike for encouraging us to feed at God’s table.

I’m not sure if what I’ve written is off-topic, however I pray that my experience may be helpful to someone, anyone who has walked away from God, or declared Him dead because of people wrongly dividing the Word of Truth purposely.

2 Timothy 2:15 is a favourite verse of mine, which is committed to my memory and the memory of my children.
Thank you Ramona for sharing your story. What an excellent reminder to be a student of God's Word, asking the Holy Spirit to guide and teach you as you do so, so we can not be tricked or mislead by those who would deceive us about what God says in His word.

sexual perversion is a problem today passing through all facets of society including the church and church members....thank goodness that where sin abounds grace abounds more! thanks Ramona for sharing.

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