Skip to main content
#
FONTANA COMMUNITY CHURCH
Sunday, June 14 2020
For Such A Time As This

FOR SUCH A TME AS THIS…It all began with a government official who had an intense personal prejudice and hatred for a group of people who had become part of his nation. He used his position of governance to schedule their total annihilation. God intervened, prompting an unlikely savior of the people through these timeless words: "And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

The edict had gone out from the Persian Prime Minister Haman for the death of every single exiled person from the tribe of Judah who remained in Persia. “…The command was to kill all the Jews on a single day. The day was to be the 13th day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar. And the command was to take everything that belonged to the Jews.” Esther 3:13

In response, the beautiful young Jewish woman, Esther, chosen to marry the Persian King, Xerxes, was encouraged by her Cousin Mordecai to go to the King and intervene on behalf of her people. Mordecai sent her a letter penned with the legendary question which called her forth to save her people. "And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

Born with the Hebrew name Hadassah, which represents righteousness, Esther certainly lived up to her name when she went to King Xerxes without being summoned, an offense punishable by death. “So I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!" ( Esther 4:16)

Esther spent 3 days fasting and in prayer before stepping forward and interceding for the Jewish people, also setting a trap for the wicked Haman who had issued the edict. As it is with all evil, haughty schemers, Haman overlooked one crucial detail. Esther trusted God with her life and depended on Him alone for her deliverance.

Fearlessly, she revealed her hidden Jewish heritage, and begged for mercy for herself and her people. She successfully interceded with King Xerxes and secured the lives of the remnant Jewish nation "What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half my kingdom!" (Esther 5:3)

Esther didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to profit for herself. For her, there was only one course of action, and that was to submit to the will of God Almighty, whatever that might be. She began her fight to save her people by being willing to sacrifice her life. Does anyone see Jesus here?!?

A little over 2 months later, on the 23rd day of God’s 3rd month, the 15th day of June on our 2020 Gregorian calendar, an edict by King Xerxes that had previously doomed the remaining Jewish people to death, was reversed, and the very same King gave the Jews the royal right to defend themselves and to pay their enemies back.

“…on the 23rd day of the third month, the month of Sivan. They wrote out all of Mordecai’s commands to the Jews, and to the satraps, the governors, and officials of the 127 provinces…The king’s commands in the letters said this: The Jews in every city have the right to gather together to protect themselves. They have the right to ruin, kill, and completely destroy any army from any group who might attack them and their women and children. And the Jews have the right to take and destroy the property of their enemies. The day set for the Jews to do this was the 13th day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar. They were permitted to do this in all King Xerxes’ provinces. A copy of the letter with the king’s command was to be sent out. It became a law in every province. They announced it to all the people of every nation living in the kingdom. They did this so that the Jews would be ready for that special day. They would be allowed to pay their enemies back. The messengers hurried out, riding on the king’s horses. The king commanded them to hurry…” (Esther 8:9-14)

Less than 9 months following the King's announcement of the scheduled assault, the Jewish people routed their enemy when they attacked. Chapter 9 of Esther tells the story and this one sentence stands out. "...No one could stand against them, because the people of all other nationalities were afraid of them."

God intervened in the affairs of mankind, bringing his chosen servant, Esther, to the place where she would exalt Him by trusting Him with her life. As a result, the people of Israel defeated their enemies in 2 days. Esther became Queen of Persia, the largest empire on the earth during her lifetime. Mordecai became preeminent among the Jews, second in ruling rank to King Xerxes himself.

The most unlikely of saviors stepped forward and in just a few short months, delivered their nation from certain destruction. And the devilish Hamen was executed on the very gallows he had built for the public execution of Mordecai.

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS…

The song “Gallows” by Jess Ray closes today’s lesson perfectly.

"Someone’s on the prowl, trying to take us down

But we ain’t giving up now.

A liar and a thief, coming after you and me

But we ain’t giving up now,

The harder the wind will blow,

The deeper our roots will go.

And the devil is gonna hang,

Oh the devil is gonna hang,

The devil is gonna hang from his own gallows.

Though the waters try to drown,

And the flames they surround

Oh We ain’t giving up now.

Even though we may tread through the valley of death

Oh We ain’t giving up now.

The harder the wind will blow,

The deeper our roots will go.

And the devil is gonna hang,

Oh the devil is gonna hang,

The devil is gonna hang from his own gallows.

If you’re stumbling in the dark,

Run your hands against the walls

Find every window, and every door,

Throw them open, throw them open.

In will flood a blinding light,

And it will chase away the night

Even if you shield your eyes.

Let it pour in, let it pour in, LET IT POUR IN

The harder the wind blows,

The deeper our roots will go.

And the devil is gonna hang,

Oh the devil is gonna hang,

The devil is gonna hang from his own gallows.

THE DEVIL IS GONNA HANG FROM HIS OWN GALLOWS."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pupsopSaJ8&feature=share

Posted by: AT 03:55 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Saturday, May 30 2020
Bring Two Loaves Of Bread

BRING TWO LOAVES OF BREAD…There are two loaves of bread, side by side, on the offering table to the Lord today. This unusual offering was appointed at this time of the year, around the 6th to 9th day of God's 3rd month, May 29 to 31 on our Gregorian calendar. Since both loaves are leavened, they appear to be spiritually significant as sinful types of mankind. But this is a heavenly offering...

We are all at the feet of Jesus on this one, as our “Rabboni” instructs us on “heavenly” leaven through one of His shortest parables. “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” The Parable of the Leaven, repeated in Luke13:20–21, immediately follows the Parable of the Mustard Seed. Both share the spiritual theme of the Kingdom of God growing from small, even microscopic beginnings to incredible spiritual size and dimension in its fulfillment.

Why two loaves of leavened bread? 3500 years ago, on Mount Sinai, God’s Spirit descended on Israel in fire and thunder or “kolot”, which means voices or languages, when the nation covenanted with Him by accepting the Ten Commandments. At the same time of the year 2000 years ago, on Mount Zion, fiery tongues of the Holy Spirit enabled individual Jews and Gentiles who covenanted with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, to speak and understand other languages.

“On the first day of the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on that very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai.” Exodus 19:1 tells us the Israelites arrived approximately 44-45 days after the Exodus, which occurred on the fifteenth day of the first month (Numbers 33:3). Further timing in the chapter points to additional days before God thunderously spoke His covenant to His chosen people, putting us approximately 49-50 days from the beginning of their Exodus.

God’s Holy Days had not yet been appointed, but for millennia, Jews have celebrated this timing, calling it “Shavuot” which means “weeks”, and counting it to occur at the end of the 7-week +1 day counting period appointed by God. It represents a seven-week harvest period, the early harvest, and is sometimes also referred to as the Feast of Weeks.

The beginning counting of Weeks in the New Testament was initiated by Jesus when He was raised from the dead, “the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20) The gifting of the Holy Spirit to Christians 50 days later, known as Pentecost, empowered His followers to not only keep God’s Commandments, but to understand them in different languages, enabling them to teach them to ALL nations, greatly increasing their numbers and influence.

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”—Acts 2:1-4

The Almighty expressed Himself succinctly in His instructions on the offering He desired on this ancient appointed and anointed date. “‘From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the Lord. Present with this bread seven male lambs, each a year old and without defect, one young bull and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to the Lord, together with their grain offerings and drink offerings—a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord. Then sacrifice one male goat for a sin offering and two lambs, each a year old, for a fellowship offering. The priest is to wave the two lambs before the Lord as a wave offering, together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to the Lord for the priest. On that same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly and do no regular work. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.” Leviticus 23:15-22

Viewed through different eyes, and known by different names, this appointed time, birthed in the spoken and written Word of the Almighty on Mount Sinai, was exponentially enlarged and equipped through His Word Incarnate on Mount Zion, destined to reach the ends of the earth as Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:14. “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He replied, as He stood on Mount Zion, “The most important one…is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." Mark 2:29-31

Indeed, if one consolidates the Ten Commandments given in Deuteronomy 5, with the first 4 being about our relationship with God, and the last 6 being about our relationship with our neighbor, we have exactly the Words of Jesus.

Listen now to the identical words of the Almighty shortly after Israel was reminded of Him speaking the Ten Commandments in thunder to them on Mount Sinai: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.” Deuteronomy 6:4-6

Jesus was the plan all along. And He has been spiritually right beside us all this time, even during the Exodus. “For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:1-2

We close today's lesson with these powerful words about Jesus. “For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity." Ephesians 2:14-16

BRING TWO LOAVES OF BREAD…

Posted by: AT 05:36 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Share This Page
Site Mailing List  Sign Guest Book  View Guest Book 
THE LITTLE CHURCH IN THE WILDWOOD

Fontana Community Church
 20 Fontana Church Road, P.O. Box 93
Fontana Dam, NC 28733

828-479-2675 Leave Message

Email: mail@fontanacommunitychurch.org