Daily Archives: June 14, 2017
This summer, we are looking to the women of the Bible for encouragement, advice, and examples of living life full with God. In June, we’re reading the books of Esther and Ruth. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Comments are always welcome on our website for questions, discussion, and accountability.
Esther 2:19-23 – Mordecai Uncovers a Conspiracy
19 When the virgins were assembled a second time, Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate. 20 But Esther had kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai’s instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up.
21 During the time Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, became angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. 22 But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai. 23 And when the report was investigated and found to be true, the two officials were impaled on poles. All this was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king.
Submitting | Rebecca Hoyt
My women’s Bible notes say that the biblical principle of the husband’s headship and the wife’s submission is embedded in the creation order and consistently woven throughout both Old and New Testaments, (including the pagan court of King Ahasuerus). The foundations laid by the Creator are not time-bound. These timeless principles are not superseded by what appear to be timely manifestations based on cultural trends; God’s principles should not be circumvented or ignored in any generation. Believers in every generation are responsible for understanding biblical principles and determining how they can be obedient in an appropriate outworking of God’s plan. Biblical submission is defined as putting all of yourself – your intellectual understandings, your acquired knowledge from every sphere of life, your personal opinions, your feelings and emotions, your energies and creativity – at the disposal of the divinely assigned Authority over you. Nothing in this definition or in the text of Scripture suggests that you subject yourself to tyranny or abuse or to mindless acquiescence to the whims of another person. There is no hint of inferiority or unworthiness. Both man and woman are created in the image of God. Jesus is the New Testament example of submission. When He submits to the Father, He loses neither His deity nor His worth.
This is a hard subject for many people, including me. But to be able for me to trust that my husband has my best interest in mind when making a decision, I need to be completely submissive to God, knowing He always knows exactly what I need.
Dear Lord, You know this is a time of big changes for my family and with change can come stress. Please let me submit everything I am to You, and see what wonderful plans You have for my life.
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