Esther 3

Are you ashamed of me?

8 Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom who keep themselves separate. Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them.

 

When I read this verse, I can’t help but think to myself, what is it about these Jews that Haman would single out compared to the other civilizations that the Persian empire had assimilated into their own. Surely the different peoples had their cultures and customs that were different as well. The key here is that the Jews deliberately do not obey the king’s laws. I do not think he was referring to acts of civil unrest but rather the Jews worship a true King, God, rather than see King Xerxes as their God.

This speaks volumes, through out times, where the Jews live out a holy life. That is, a life set apart for God. They, those that do, hold on to their God so rigidly that they are:

1) Noticeable

2) Sticks out like a sore thumb because it is counter-cultural

3) Clear that their God is not just anyone but the true God

4) Stirs animosity since serving the true God may be pungent to those who do not

So, if we as followers of Christ also are called to live a holy life, do we have the same effect as these Jews? Are we like the prophet Daniel? Or his three friends? Are we like Mordecai who refused to bow down to Haman, a mere human. Do people look at us puzzled? Do they know who we truly worship? Do they scorn at you for worshiping Jesus.

Worshiping God in our secular work place may not seem to be the natural thing to do. In fact, we may even be discouraged from openly worshiping our God and mocked. Do you find this an issue?

Think about some instances that you have had, and what your stand is. Challenge yourself to stand up for God.

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
Mark 8:37-38

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