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Esther, Daniel | Episode 7

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February 13, 2018
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Max Lucado: Unshakable Hope

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Esther, Daniel | Episode 7

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  • (Max Lucado) They don't build things like they used to.
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  • Cathedrals, castles, and monuments
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  • still standing centuries after they were constructed,
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  • or buildings like this one.
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  • Cracks and creaks reveal the years,
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  • but it still stands.
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  • From the cathedrals of Rome to the Alamo near my own home,
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  • there is something special about a building
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  • that stands the test of time.
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  • Wars could not destroy them.
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  • Storms could not devastate them.
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  • You might even say they're unshakable.
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  • Hi, I'm Max Lucado, and I wonder,
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  • what kind of life are you building?
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  • We live in a shaky world.
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  • Promises break, stock markets crash,
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  • relationships crumble.
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  • The pillars of our faith will be tested.
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  • Want to be unshakable in a shaky world?
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  • You can build your life on the enduring promises of God.
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  • You have a problem?
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  • God has a promise, and these promises stand the test of time
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  • and they weather life's biggest storms.
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  • Today we're going to explore some of these great
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  • and precious promises found in God's Word.
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  • And when the world rages around you,
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  • you can stand with unshakable hope.
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  • Unshakable
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  • (female announcer) We are building our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Because his Word is unbreakable, our hope is unshakable.
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  • We do not stand on the problems of life or the pain in life,
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  • we stand on the great and precious promises of God.
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  • This is "Unshakable Hope."
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  • (Max Lucado) Have you ever had a situation that didn't go
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  • the way you expected it?
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  • It didn't look like anything good could come out of it.
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  • Well, I have an amazing promise for you.
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  • Romans 8:28, "In all things God works for the good
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  • of those who love him."
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  • My friend, Roy, was sitting on a park bench one morning
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  • as he watched a little guy
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  • struggling to get on the school bus
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  • that stopped just a few feet away.
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  • The boy was leaning down, frantically trying to unknot
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  • a knotted shoestring.
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  • All of a sudden it was too late.
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  • The bus door was closing.
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  • The little boy fell back on his haunches and sighed,
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  • and then he saw Roy.
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  • Tears in his eyes, he looked at the man on the bench
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  • and he asked, "Do you untie knots?"
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  • Sometimes it feels like life is filled with mean,
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  • mangled knots, doesn't it?
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  • You're "not" going to get out of this stuck place you're in.
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  • You're "not" getting the promotion.
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  • You're "not" accepted into the program.
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  • You did "not" make the team.
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  • You do "not" belong here.
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  • What "nots" are holding you down?
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  • Jesus loves the request of that little boy.
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  • Life gets tangled, we get stuck, we miss the bus,
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  • but Jesus has a way of appearing in such moments
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  • to untangle the knots of the impossible predicaments.
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  • Peter's boat was empty, Lazarus was six feet under,
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  • the disciples had several thousand people
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  • to feed and one basket of bread and fish,
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  • and just look who happened to show up.
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  • Have you ever noticed all the "just so happened"
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  • moments in the Bible?
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  • Joseph just so happened to end up in the same jail cell
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  • with the man who could plead his case to the king.
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  • Ruth just so happened to gather wheat from the field of Boaz,
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  • the man who would redeem her family.
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  • David just so happened to be sent to the battlefield
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  • when Goliath was making his threats.
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  • The fish Peter caught just so happened to have a coin
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  • in his mouth to pay the taxes, as Jesus said it would.
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  • And Jesus just so happened to rise from the dead
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  • on the third day after his crucifixion,
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  • exactly as Scripture foretold.
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  • In all of these scenarios, things weren't going so well
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  • until God showed up on the scene.
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  • But that's the God we serve, the one who can reach down
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  • and untangle our knots,
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  • no matter how mangled they may be.
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  • We all walk through dark seasons.
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  • David addressed it in Psalm 23,
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  • "Though I walk through the valley
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  • "of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
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  • for You are with me."
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  • We may not see why we are walking through this season,
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  • we may not know how long the path is to the light
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  • at the other end,
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  • but what we do know is this, he is with us.
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  • We are not walking it alone.
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  • We are not left to trudge through the messy places
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  • by ourselves.
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  • No, there is one who has walked the path before us
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  • and knows the way.
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  • He steps in and walks with us through it to the other side,
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  • and, I might add, is great company along the way,
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  • encouraging us and teaching us
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  • and strengthening us.
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  • God promises us in his Word,
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  • "In all things God works for the good of those who love him,"
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  • Romans 8:28.
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  • This gives us unshakable hope through every season
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  • that no matter what we are walking through,
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  • we can be confident he will work it for good.
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  • It was the 5th century B.C.
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  • The city was Susa, the capital city of the Persian Empire.
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  • The Israelites had been living in the area for over 100 years,
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  • once prisoners, now free.
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  • And here we found a beautiful, young Hebrew girl named Esther.
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  • Orphaned as a child
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  • and then raised by her uncle Mordecai,
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  • she soon found herself in the center role
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  • of an unfolding story of prejudice,
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  • heroism, and sacrifice.
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  • The villain of this story is Haman.
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  • Haman despised the Israelites who were spread out
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  • in the 127 provinces of the Persian Empire,
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  • but he had it out for one particular Israelite
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  • who refused to bow down to him when he passed,
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  • Esther's uncle, Mordecai.
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  • Haman went to King Xerxes and convinced him
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  • that the Israelites were bad people who needed
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  • to be eliminated in the best interests of the kingdom.
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  • He suggested that the king issue an official decree
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  • giving permission for the Persians to kill
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  • any Hebrew they came across on one particular day.
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  • To give incentive for such violence,
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  • the Persians could keep all possessions
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  • of the family they destroyed.
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  • It was legalized lynching and looting.
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  • Well, the king went along with the idea,
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  • sealing the deal with signet ring pressed into hot wax.
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  • It was an irreversible plan.
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  • Not even the king could change it now.
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  • Haman couldn't wipe the smile off his face,
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  • yet there was another storyline developing
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  • that would eventually collide with Haman's story in a big way.
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  • King Xerxes threw a huge, lavish party that lasted
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  • for seven full days to show off his wealth and power.
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  • The king, thoroughly drunk, decided to show off
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  • his beautiful queen.
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  • He summoned for her to come, dressed in her royal robe.
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  • Queen Vashti refused,
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  • and this greatly embarrassed the king.
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  • He burned with anger.
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  • He put out of a formal decree that Vashti be stripped
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  • of her status as queen
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  • and never enter his presence again.
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  • It was now time to find a new queen.
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  • All the young and beautiful women of the kingdom
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  • were brought to the palace one by one
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  • to spend the evening with the king.
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  • The young woman selected was Esther,
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  • the orphaned Hebrew girl raised by Mordecai.
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  • That's right, Mordecai,
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  • the same man that Haman had it in for.
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  • No one made the connection
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  • because Esther kept her nationality concealed.
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  • Esther was crowned as queen,
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  • but her people were soon to be destroyed,
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  • and time was running out.
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  • Mordecai sent word to his niece and told her that she must go
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  • before the king and plead for mercy
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  • for her people before it is too late.
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  • Well, she reminded her Uncle Mordecai
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  • that a queen cannot just go into the presence of the king,
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  • she must be summoned.
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  • A queen could lose her life
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  • and certainly her position for messing with this rule.
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  • Mordecai responded with a declaration that is worthy
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  • of a Hollywood film.
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  • He said, "Do not think that because you are
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  • "in the king's house, you alone of all the Jews will escape.
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  • "For if you remain silent at this time,
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  • "relief and deliverance for the Jews
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  • "will arise from another place,
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  • "but you and your father's family will perish.
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  • "And who knows but that you have come to your royal position
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  • for such a time as this?"
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  • The same is true for us.
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  • God's ultimate victory is certain.
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  • Isn't this the promise of Romans 8:28,
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  • "In all things God works for the good
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  • of those who love him"?
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  • There will be decrees and bullies along the way,
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  • but God will triumph.
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  • There will be dark times and battles.
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  • The question is not will he win,
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  • but will we suit up for his team.
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  • Esther made her choice.
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  • "I will go to the king,
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  • "even though it is against the law.
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  • And if I perish, I perish."
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  • Since the rule of the king was audience by invitation only,
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  • there was only one hope for someone who dared
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  • to enter without being invited.
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  • The king had to stretch out his gold scepter
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  • in favor of the visit.
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  • One queen had already been dismissed.
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  • Esther could be next.
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  • For three days Esther prayed for favor
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  • and then entered the throne room without being summoned.
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  • Maybe Xerxes was in a good mood.
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  • Maybe he was allured by her beauty.
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  • Maybe he genuinely loved Esther.
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  • Whatever the reason, he not only welcomed her
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  • with an outstretched scepter, he told her to ask
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  • for whatever she wanted, up to half the kingdom.
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  • Esther requested a small dinner party
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  • with the king and Haman.
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  • The king agreed, and it took place that very evening.
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  • Haman went home with a swagger.
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  • Feeling massive momentum, Haman decided to erect
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  • a 75-foot pole with the intention of securing
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  • the king's permission to impale Mordecai on it.
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  • So, the pole went up with full anticipation.
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  • It just so happened that the king
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  • had trouble sleeping that night.
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  • He had no sheep to count or Nyquil to take,
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  • so he had a servant read him a book
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  • that contained a daily log of all that had happened
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  • under his reign, "The Chronicles of Xerxes."
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  • In the reading, they just so happened to come across
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  • an entry that spoke of a time when none other than Mordecai
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  • blew the whistle on two villains in the king's court
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  • who were plotting his assassination.
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  • Well, Xerxes inquired as to whether or not
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  • he had done anything to honor Mordecai for this heroic act.
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  • He hadn't.
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  • The next morning, when Haman arrived at the palace
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  • to make his request, the king asked him a question.
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  • "What should the king do to honor someone
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  • who has brought great delight to the king?"
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  • Arrogant Haman assumed the king was referring to him,
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  • so he suggested that this person be put in royal robes
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  • and led through the city streets and praised.
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  • The king said, "Good idea.
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  • "I want you to go fetch Mordecai, put the robe on him,
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  • "and I want you to personally drive him through town
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  • in my stretched limo."
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  • Can you imagine the sick feeling in Haman's stomach?
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  • Haman left the palace to perform
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  • this hideous assignment.
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  • This didn't seem to be the best time to get permission
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  • to impale Mordecai on the 75-foot pole.
  • 00:11:28.090 --> 00:11:31.180
  • After the private parade of one,
  • 00:11:31.190 --> 00:11:33.290
  • it was time for dinner with the king.
  • 00:11:34.000 --> 00:11:36.010
  • At the meal, Esther made her request that her people,
  • 00:11:36.020 --> 00:11:38.290
  • the Israelites, be saved from coming extermination.
  • 00:11:39.000 --> 00:11:42.130
  • This was the first time she revealed
  • 00:11:42.140 --> 00:11:44.010
  • her nationality to anyone.
  • 00:11:44.020 --> 00:11:46.050
  • The king inquired about who would order
  • 00:11:46.060 --> 00:11:48.280
  • such an attack against his queen and her people,
  • 00:11:48.290 --> 00:11:52.100
  • and Esther said, "You're sitting next to him.
  • 00:11:52.110 --> 00:11:54.280
  • It is Haman."
  • 00:11:54.290 --> 00:11:56.290
  • The king decided to impale Haman on the very pole
  • 00:11:57.000 --> 00:12:01.000
  • that had been prepared for Mordecai.
  • 00:12:01.010 --> 00:12:03.120
  • Mordecai was given Haman's position and his estate.
  • 00:12:03.130 --> 00:12:07.070
  • Mordecai's first order of business
  • 00:12:07.080 --> 00:12:09.130
  • was the irreversible edict that Haman set in motion
  • 00:12:09.140 --> 00:12:13.180
  • to execute all the Jews.
  • 00:12:13.190 --> 00:12:15.220
  • He secured the king's blessing to send out another edict
  • 00:12:15.230 --> 00:12:20.000
  • that would allow the Jews to defend themselves.
  • 00:12:20.010 --> 00:12:22.010
  • It was the best he could do.
  • 00:12:22.020 --> 00:12:23.240
  • Non-Jewish people all over the 127 provinces
  • 00:12:23.250 --> 00:12:27.170
  • of the Persian Empire attacked individual Jewish families
  • 00:12:27.180 --> 00:12:31.060
  • in the greedy hope of looting their possessions.
  • 00:12:31.070 --> 00:12:34.140
  • The Israelites were ready, and over the next few days,
  • 00:12:34.150 --> 00:12:37.240
  • they defeated 75.800 people.
  • 00:12:37.250 --> 00:12:42.000
  • In the midst of a dark and shaky time,
  • 00:12:42.010 --> 00:12:44.140
  • God used Esther to turn it around.
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  • Are you facing a situation right now that seems dark,
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  • complicated, hopeless?
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  • Well, take a tip from Mordecai and Esther
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  • and put your hope in this promise.
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  • God will ultimately win.
  • 00:12:58.240 --> 00:13:01.100
  • "In all things God works for the good of those
  • 00:13:01.110 --> 00:13:04.020
  • who love him."
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  • Because of that promise, we can make our own.
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  • I will do what is right and trust God for the outcome.
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  • to your life if you have ears to hear it.
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  • 1 Peter 5:5 says, "God resists the proud,
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  • but He gives grace to the humble."
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  • When he wasn't flying his private jet across the Atlantic
  • 00:15:09.090 --> 00:15:12.280
  • or watching sunsets from the deck of one of their yachts,
  • 00:15:12.290 --> 00:15:16.060
  • he was living a life of luxury inside his
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  • 10.000-square-foot Lexington Avenue penthouse
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  • in New York City.
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  • His yacht cost $7 million.
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  • His jet cost $24 million.
  • 00:15:27.110 --> 00:15:31.070
  • He had a home in France, a beach home in Montauk,
  • 00:15:31.080 --> 00:15:34.270
  • a house in Palm Beach.
  • 00:15:34.280 --> 00:15:36.210
  • He had boats and cars.
  • 00:15:36.220 --> 00:15:38.190
  • Everyone wanted to know him.
  • 00:15:38.200 --> 00:15:40.210
  • People stood in line to shake his hand,
  • 00:15:40.220 --> 00:15:43.070
  • people like Steven Spielberg and Elie Wiesel.
  • 00:15:43.080 --> 00:15:47.030
  • To stand in his Manhattan office was to stand in the epicenter
  • 00:15:47.040 --> 00:15:51.040
  • of investment success, or so it seemed.
  • 00:15:51.050 --> 00:15:55.270
  • And then came the morning of December 10, 2008.
  • 00:15:55.280 --> 00:15:59.140
  • That's when the charade ended.
  • 00:15:59.150 --> 00:16:01.150
  • That's when Bernie Madoff knew he had been caught.
  • 00:16:01.160 --> 00:16:05.010
  • That's when this generation's most infamous scam artist
  • 00:16:05.020 --> 00:16:08.150
  • sat down with his wife and two sons and confessed,
  • 00:16:08.160 --> 00:16:11.170
  • "It's all a lie."
  • 00:16:11.180 --> 00:16:13.040
  • It was a giant Ponzi scheme.
  • 00:16:13.050 --> 00:16:15.180
  • Over the next days, weeks, and months,
  • 00:16:15.190 --> 00:16:17.250
  • the staggering details became public knowledge.
  • 00:16:17.260 --> 00:16:20.180
  • Madoff had masterminded a 20-year-long shell game,
  • 00:16:20.190 --> 00:16:24.230
  • the largest financial crime in US history.
  • 00:16:24.240 --> 00:16:27.270
  • He had swindled people, rich and poor alike,
  • 00:16:27.280 --> 00:16:30.120
  • out of billions of dollars.
  • 00:16:30.130 --> 00:16:32.090
  • His collapse was of biblical proportions.
  • 00:16:32.100 --> 00:16:35.070
  • Within short order, he was stripped of everything.
  • 00:16:35.080 --> 00:16:37.230
  • No money, no future, no family.
  • 00:16:37.240 --> 00:16:40.010
  • One of his sons committed suicide.
  • 00:16:40.020 --> 00:16:42.010
  • The other changed his last name.
  • 00:16:42.020 --> 00:16:44.050
  • His wife went into seclusion, and 74-year-old Bernie Madoff
  • 00:16:44.060 --> 00:16:48.110
  • was sentenced to spend the rest of his life
  • 00:16:48.120 --> 00:16:51.010
  • as prisoner number 61727-054
  • 00:16:51.020 --> 00:16:55.030
  • in the Federal Correction Complex
  • 00:16:55.040 --> 00:16:57.090
  • of Butner, North Carolina.
  • 00:16:57.100 --> 00:16:59.210
  • Now, why did he do it?
  • 00:16:59.220 --> 00:17:01.200
  • What makes a man live a lie for decades?
  • 00:17:01.210 --> 00:17:04.130
  • What was the trade-off for Madoff?
  • 00:17:04.140 --> 00:17:07.080
  • In a word: status.
  • 00:17:07.090 --> 00:17:09.290
  • According to one biographer, he was spurned and humiliated
  • 00:17:10.000 --> 00:17:13.180
  • as a kid for his inferior intellect,
  • 00:17:13.190 --> 00:17:16.070
  • rejected by one girl after another,
  • 00:17:16.080 --> 00:17:18.170
  • relegated to lesser classes and lesser schools.
  • 00:17:18.180 --> 00:17:21.230
  • But he excelled at making money,
  • 00:17:21.240 --> 00:17:24.080
  • and with it came the stature that once eluded him.
  • 00:17:24.090 --> 00:17:28.100
  • Stature.
  • 00:17:28.110 --> 00:17:30.000
  • Madoff was addicted to adulation.
  • 00:17:30.010 --> 00:17:32.210
  • He was hooked on recognition.
  • 00:17:32.220 --> 00:17:34.230
  • He wanted the applause of people,
  • 00:17:34.240 --> 00:17:37.080
  • and money was his way of earning it.
  • 00:17:37.090 --> 00:17:40.040
  • He elbowed and clawed his way to the top of the mountain
  • 00:17:40.050 --> 00:17:43.020
  • only to discover that its peak is greasy and crowded.
  • 00:17:43.030 --> 00:17:48.020
  • If only he had known this promise,
  • 00:17:48.030 --> 00:17:51.030
  • "God resists the proud,
  • 00:17:51.040 --> 00:17:53.070
  • but He gives grace to the humble."
  • 00:17:53.080 --> 00:17:56.210
  • Pride is deceptive, isn't it?
  • 00:17:56.220 --> 00:17:59.160
  • It gives tunnel vision so that we see everything
  • 00:17:59.170 --> 00:18:02.110
  • through the lens of me.
  • 00:18:02.120 --> 00:18:04.060
  • Our focus is on self.
  • 00:18:04.070 --> 00:18:06.020
  • The self-centered see everything through self.
  • 00:18:06.030 --> 00:18:09.160
  • Their motto, "It's all about me."
  • 00:18:09.170 --> 00:18:11.260
  • The flight schedule, the traffic, the dress styles,
  • 00:18:11.270 --> 00:18:14.140
  • the worship styles, the weather, the work,
  • 00:18:14.150 --> 00:18:16.250
  • everything is filtered through the mini-me in the eye.
  • 00:18:16.260 --> 00:18:21.010
  • We think that we are bigger than life
  • 00:18:21.020 --> 00:18:23.070
  • and know more than others.
  • 00:18:23.080 --> 00:18:25.030
  • God resists such pride,
  • 00:18:25.040 --> 00:18:28.000
  • but those who walk in humility he can use.
  • 00:18:28.010 --> 00:18:32.020
  • He loves humility.
  • 00:18:32.030 --> 00:18:34.030
  • Jesus told his followers, "Blessed are the humble,
  • 00:18:34.040 --> 00:18:37.050
  • for they shall inherit the earth."
  • 00:18:37.060 --> 00:18:39.280
  • God can do so much through someone who has
  • 00:18:39.290 --> 00:18:42.240
  • a humble heart before him.
  • 00:18:42.250 --> 00:18:45.070
  • Some time ago, I partnered with musician
  • 00:18:45.080 --> 00:18:47.060
  • Michael W. Smith for a ministry weekend
  • 00:18:47.070 --> 00:18:50.060
  • at a beautiful facility owned by the Billy Graham Association.
  • 00:18:50.070 --> 00:18:54.080
  • A few hours before the event, Michael and I met
  • 00:18:54.090 --> 00:18:56.230
  • to go over the weekend schedule,
  • 00:18:56.240 --> 00:18:58.280
  • but Michael was so moved by what he had just experienced
  • 00:18:58.290 --> 00:19:02.250
  • that he hardly discussed the retreat.
  • 00:19:02.260 --> 00:19:05.150
  • He had just met with Billy Graham
  • 00:19:05.160 --> 00:19:07.160
  • for the purpose of planning Reverend Graham's funeral.
  • 00:19:07.170 --> 00:19:11.230
  • The famous evangelist was, at the time, 94 years old.
  • 00:19:11.240 --> 00:19:16.170
  • He was confined to a wheelchair, on oxygen.
  • 00:19:16.180 --> 00:19:19.210
  • His mind was sharp, spirits were high,
  • 00:19:19.220 --> 00:19:22.000
  • but his body was seeing its final days,
  • 00:19:22.010 --> 00:19:24.150
  • so he called for Michael and he called for his pastor.
  • 00:19:24.160 --> 00:19:27.110
  • He wanted to discuss his funeral.
  • 00:19:27.120 --> 00:19:29.250
  • He told them that he had one request.
  • 00:19:29.260 --> 00:19:32.000
  • "Whatever you want," they assured him.
  • 00:19:32.010 --> 00:19:34.060
  • His request, "Would you not mention my name?"
  • 00:19:34.070 --> 00:19:38.190
  • What?
  • 00:19:38.200 --> 00:19:40.190
  • "Can you not mention my name?
  • 00:19:40.200 --> 00:19:43.060
  • Just mention the name of Jesus."
  • 00:19:43.070 --> 00:19:47.150
  • Billy Graham has preached to over a billion people.
  • 00:19:47.160 --> 00:19:50.180
  • He has filled stadiums on every continent.
  • 00:19:50.190 --> 00:19:52.260
  • He has advised nearly every president
  • 00:19:52.270 --> 00:19:54.250
  • of the last half century.
  • 00:19:54.260 --> 00:19:56.200
  • He was consistently at the top of every most admired list,
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:20:01.060
  • yet he wanted to be unmentioned at his own funeral.
  • 00:20:01.070 --> 00:20:04.210
  • He wanted all the glory and the attention to go to God.
  • 00:20:04.220 --> 00:20:09.150
  • That's a man of humility,
  • 00:20:09.160 --> 00:20:12.050
  • a man who puts God's kingdom first.
  • 00:20:12.060 --> 00:20:16.010
  • He's a picture of the promise God makes to us all.
  • 00:20:16.020 --> 00:20:18.160
  • 1 Peter 5:5, "God resists the proud,
  • 00:20:18.170 --> 00:20:22.090
  • but He gives grace to the humble."
  • 00:20:22.100 --> 00:20:26.040
  • 00:20:28.070 --> 00:20:32.210
  • In 609 BC, King Nebuchadnezzar overthrew Jerusalem,
  • 00:20:32.220 --> 00:20:36.260
  • taking many Hebrews into captivity.
  • 00:20:36.270 --> 00:20:39.130
  • Among his Hebrew captives was a young man named Daniel
  • 00:20:39.140 --> 00:20:43.210
  • and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
  • 00:20:43.220 --> 00:20:47.100
  • The Bible says that Daniel purposed in his heart
  • 00:20:47.110 --> 00:20:49.210
  • not to go down the same path as those around him
  • 00:20:49.220 --> 00:20:52.180
  • and he encouraged his friends to do likewise.
  • 00:20:52.190 --> 00:20:55.080
  • He was honoring to those in authority over him,
  • 00:20:55.090 --> 00:20:58.090
  • but he stood strong for what he believed.
  • 00:20:58.100 --> 00:21:00.280
  • Though he was a slave in the natural,
  • 00:21:00.290 --> 00:21:03.000
  • they could not chain or change his spirit.
  • 00:21:03.010 --> 00:21:06.080
  • Daniel 5:3 tell us he had favor because he was honoring
  • 00:21:06.090 --> 00:21:10.200
  • and had an excellent spirit.
  • 00:21:10.210 --> 00:21:13.050
  • Those in authority took notice,
  • 00:21:13.060 --> 00:21:15.050
  • and he began to gain respect from all who knew him.
  • 00:21:15.060 --> 00:21:18.070
  • King Nebuchadnezzar could have taken a lesson
  • 00:21:18.080 --> 00:21:20.100
  • from this young Hebrew boy.
  • 00:21:20.110 --> 00:21:22.040
  • The king was quite full of himself,
  • 00:21:22.050 --> 00:21:24.040
  • so much so that he built a 90-foot tall golden statue
  • 00:21:24.050 --> 00:21:28.210
  • of himself in his honor
  • 00:21:28.220 --> 00:21:31.110
  • and commanded the people to bow down before it.
  • 00:21:31.120 --> 00:21:33.290
  • You talk about an ego.
  • 00:21:34.000 --> 00:21:35.210
  • Well, the Jewish boys refused to bow to any God but theirs,
  • 00:21:35.220 --> 00:21:39.290
  • so the king heated the furnace to seven times its normal heat
  • 00:21:40.000 --> 00:21:43.200
  • and threw them into the fire.
  • 00:21:43.210 --> 00:21:45.200
  • When they came out unsinged, he was amazed.
  • 00:21:45.210 --> 00:21:48.250
  • But did King Nebuchadnezzar humble himself?
  • 00:21:48.260 --> 00:21:51.140
  • Sadly, no.
  • 00:21:51.150 --> 00:21:53.130
  • Twenty or thirty years passed, Nebuchadnezzar was enjoying
  • 00:21:53.140 --> 00:21:56.270
  • a time of peace and prosperity.
  • 00:21:56.280 --> 00:21:59.040
  • The city of Babylon was immense, his enemies were at bay,
  • 00:21:59.050 --> 00:22:02.280
  • his wealth was secure, yet in the midst of all this,
  • 00:22:02.290 --> 00:22:06.060
  • he had a dream.
  • 00:22:06.070 --> 00:22:07.250
  • His fortune-tellers could not explain it,
  • 00:22:07.260 --> 00:22:09.170
  • so he called on Daniel,
  • 00:22:09.180 --> 00:22:11.080
  • who had interpreted his dreams in the past.
  • 00:22:11.090 --> 00:22:14.060
  • He told Daniel that in his dream,
  • 00:22:14.070 --> 00:22:16.190
  • he had seen an enormous tree touching the sky,
  • 00:22:16.200 --> 00:22:20.290
  • a beautiful fruit-filled tree giving shelter
  • 00:22:21.000 --> 00:22:24.090
  • to all the animals and the birds in the land.
  • 00:22:24.100 --> 00:22:27.150
  • He went on to describe how the tree was cut down
  • 00:22:27.160 --> 00:22:30.100
  • by a messenger from heaven.
  • 00:22:30.110 --> 00:22:32.080
  • Its branches were trimmed and fruit scattered.
  • 00:22:32.090 --> 00:22:35.120
  • Only a stump remained.
  • 00:22:35.130 --> 00:22:38.130
  • The voice from heaven then made a pronouncement,
  • 00:22:38.140 --> 00:22:41.200
  • "Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven,
  • 00:22:41.210 --> 00:22:44.050
  • "and let him live with the animals
  • 00:22:44.060 --> 00:22:46.010
  • "among the plants of the earth.
  • 00:22:46.020 --> 00:22:47.210
  • "Let his mind be changed from that of a man
  • 00:22:47.220 --> 00:22:51.120
  • "and let him be given the mind of an animal,
  • 00:22:51.130 --> 00:22:54.160
  • till seven times pass for him."
  • 00:22:54.170 --> 00:22:57.240
  • Well, Daniel listened to the dream and gulped.
  • 00:22:57.250 --> 00:23:00.230
  • He was astonished and troubled by what he heard.
  • 00:23:00.240 --> 00:23:04.070
  • Daniel told him, "Your Majesty, you are that tree!
  • 00:23:04.080 --> 00:23:08.050
  • "You will be driven away from people
  • 00:23:08.060 --> 00:23:10.140
  • "and will live with the wild animals;
  • 00:23:10.150 --> 00:23:12.140
  • "you will eat grass like the ox
  • 00:23:12.150 --> 00:23:15.000
  • "and be drenched with the dew of heaven.
  • 00:23:15.010 --> 00:23:17.020
  • "Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge
  • 00:23:17.030 --> 00:23:21.000
  • "that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth
  • 00:23:21.010 --> 00:23:25.130
  • "and gives them to anyone he wishes.
  • 00:23:25.140 --> 00:23:28.140
  • "The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots
  • 00:23:28.150 --> 00:23:31.230
  • "means that your kingdom will be restored to you
  • 00:23:31.240 --> 00:23:34.160
  • when you acknowledge that Heaven rules."
  • 00:23:34.170 --> 00:23:37.180
  • Daniel urged the king to repent so that his kingdom
  • 00:23:37.190 --> 00:23:41.040
  • and prosperity could continue, but did Nebuchadnezzar change?
  • 00:23:41.050 --> 00:23:46.060
  • Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof
  • 00:23:46.070 --> 00:23:48.250
  • of the royal palace of Babylon, he looked at
  • 00:23:48.260 --> 00:23:51.120
  • the kingdom around him and bombastically proclaimed,
  • 00:23:51.130 --> 00:23:55.170
  • "Is not this the great Babylon that I, myself, have built
  • 00:23:55.180 --> 00:23:59.200
  • "as the royal residence, by my mighty power
  • 00:23:59.210 --> 00:24:02.280
  • for the glory of my majesty?"
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  • God had given the king a year to climb down
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  • from his pompous throne.
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  • It was obvious he had remained unmoved
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  • from his arrogant and prideful position,
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  • but a throne built on the foundation of pride
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  • is a shaky and a dangerous one.
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  • Daniel 4 tells us, "Even as the words were on his lips,
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  • "a voice came from heaven, 'This is what is decreed for you,
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  • "'King Nebuchadnezzar:
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  • "'Your royal authority has been taken away from you.
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  • "'You will be driven away from people and will live with
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  • the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox.'"
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  • The king became an ancient version of Howard Hughes,
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  • corkscrew fingernails, wild hair, animalistic.
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  • One minute he was on the cover of "Time Magazine,"
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  • the next he was banished like a caged creature.
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  • And we are left with a lesson, God hates pride.
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  • In Proverbs 26:12, we read,
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  • "Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?
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  • There is more hope for a fool than him."
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  • Pride not only prevents salvation from God,
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  • it prevents reconciliation with people.
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  • How many marriages have collapsed
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  • beneath the weight of foolish pride?
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  • How many apologies have gone unoffered
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  • borne to the lack of humility?
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  • How many wars have sprouted from the rocky soil of arrogance?
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  • Pride comes at a high price.
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  • Don't pay it.
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  • Choose instead to stand on the offer of grace.
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  • Stand on this promise, "God resists the proud,
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  • but He gives grace to the humble."
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  • Nebuchadnezzar finally learned this lesson.
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  • It took 7 years, but he got the point.
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  • At the end of that time, Nebuchadnezzar raised his eyes
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  • toward heaven and his sanity was restored.
  • 00:25:51.000 --> 00:25:54.060
  • Then he praised God, declaring, "Now I, Nebuchadnezzar,
  • 00:25:54.070 --> 00:25:58.180
  • "praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven,
  • 00:25:58.190 --> 00:26:03.030
  • "because everything he does is right
  • 00:26:03.040 --> 00:26:05.000
  • "and all his ways are just.
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  • And those who walk in pride he is able to humble."
  • 00:26:06.270 --> 00:26:10.290
  • The king finally learned what Daniel understood,
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  • God resists the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.
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  • You and I can be like Daniel as we answer God's promise to us
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  • with our own promise, "I will pursue humility."
  • 00:26:22.070 --> 00:26:27.010
  • 00:26:27.020 --> 00:26:29.070
  • What's shaking in your world?
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  • Your finances, your family, your faith?
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  • It's easy to lose hope when the storms of life come,
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  • but there is one thing we can stand on
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  • when everything around us is shaken.
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  • We can build our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Why?
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  • Well, God's Word is sure, and what he says happens.
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  • God will not, indeed, he cannot break his promises.
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  • His covenants won't collapse.
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  • His Word is his bond, and his bond won't break.
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  • What he says will happen.
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  • Won't you say it with me?
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  • We are building our lives on the promises of God.
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  • Because his Word is unbreakable, our hope is unshakable.
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  • We do not stand on the problems of life or the pain in life,
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