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Sun, Nov 18, 2018

How to Avoid Being Victims of Holocaust or Genocide

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51 mins 46 secs
Last week, we saw how Haman’s extreme prejudice, hatred, and discrimination against the Jews led him to influence King Xerxes to accede to his request to destroy them. To that end, the king authorized him to issue a Decree of Extermination, and send it to all the provinces, for their destruction. However, the Jews avoided the fate that had been decreed for them. We can draw biblical principles from the way it happened that could guide us today. In the first place, the selfless and courageous action of some people from the persecuted group is required. God met the Jews’ desperate need for an intercessor, a deliverer, and a savior through the obedience and courage of Esther. God has a way of preparing people ahead of time to play the role of saviours or deliverers of their people from the hands of their enemies. Such people often occupy positions that give them the opportunity to know what is being planned against their people, and to do something about it. Unfortunately, some of them are more concerned about themselves than their people that they fail to do anything to prevent the destruction of their own people. Not so Mordecai and Esther.

Last week, we saw how Haman’s extreme prejudice, hatred, and discrimination against the Jews led him to influence King Xerxes to accede to his request to destroy them. To that end, the king authorized him to issue a Decree of Extermination, and send it to all the provinces, for their destruction. However, the Jews avoided the fate that had been decreed for them. We can draw biblical principles from the way it happened that could guide us today. In the first place, the selfless and courageous action of some people from the persecuted group is required.

God met the Jews’ desperate need for an intercessor, a deliverer, and a savior through the obedience and courage of Esther. God has a way of preparing people ahead of time to play the role of saviours or deliverers of their people from the hands of their enemies. Such people often occupy positions that give them the opportunity to know what is being planned against their people, and to do something about it. Unfortunately, some of them are more concerned about themselves than their people that they fail to do anything to prevent the destruction of their own people. Not so Mordecai and Esther.

Christians in the corridors of military and political power should know that God has placed them in such positions to serve as instruments in His hands for the protection and deliverance of His people, their brethren. This is the reason why Christians should vote their brethren who are truly committed to Christ into political offices. In the second place, the entire threatened community must be mobilized to fast and pray to God for His intervention. After Esther had responded to Mordecai’s challenge, she made the courageous decision to go to the king to plead for mercy for her people, the Jews (v.15).

But she also challenged to Mordecai to mobilize the Jews to fast and pray for her for three days, both night and day. She and her maids would join in the fast and, then, at the end of the three days, she would disobey the law of the land. Risking her life, she would go to the king and plead for him to seek a way to reverse the Decree of Extermination. Esther’s request for prayer and fasting was carried out by Mordecai (v.17). He sent word to all the Jews throughout the royal city of Susa to encourage and challenge them to fast and pray in behalf of Esther. In facing any desperate situation, there is a need for courage, prayer, and fasting.

In the third place, representatives of the threatened community must take necessary action for the preservation of their people, even at great personal cost to themselves. First, Haman’s wicked plans were revealed to the king, and mercy was sought from him. At the second banquet, Esther finally made known to the king Haman’s plot to exterminate her along with her people, the Jews. Haman’s wickedness was exposed and the king ordered his execution on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Second, since no decree issued by a Persian king could be revoked, Mordecai was authorized by the king to issue another decree that would guarantee the rights of the Jews to defend themselves.

The Jews were given the right to assemble and protect themselves against any armed force or nationality that might attack them (Esther 8:11). A copy of the Decree of Self-Defense was issued in every province or district throughout the empire (v.13). The Jews were allowed to band together to defend themselves against any citizen or group of citizens who attacked them. Anti-Semitism was everywhere throughout the empire, but this Decree of Self-Defense meant that the Jews would be able to stop the extermination of their race.

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