mmmm Mum’s homemade Apple Pie mmmm
Mum lovingly baked an Apple Pie for my family
Tastes delicious when served hot with ice cream
This pie is gluten-free for my coeliac nephew
He had 2 servings because he was extra hungry
Mum bakes many gluten-free treats for him
This reminds me of special food mentioned in the Bible
I have been reading the Old Testament book of Esther recently
This book is set in the time during the Babylonian exile of the Jews
Mordecai and Esther were Jews from the tribe of Benjamin
They eventually settled in the Persian capital of Susa
King Xerxes was looking for a new queen
He ordered that many young girls be brought to his palace
Esther was one of these young girls
The young girls received beauty treatments and special food
The king was attracted to Esther more than any of the other women
He crowned Esther queen and gave a great banquet in celebration
Later on, a royal official named Haman plotted to destroy the Jews
He persuaded the king to sign a decree to exterminate the Jews
The king agreed not knowing the Esther was actually a Jew
This decree caused much mourning amongst the Jews
Mordecai asked Esther to speak to the king about this decree
The Law stated that anyone who approached the king uninvited must be put to death
This is how Esther responded to Mordecai:
“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me.
Do not eat or drink for 3 days, night or day.
I and my maids will fast as you do.
When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law.
And if I perish, I perish.”
Esther chapter 4 verse 16
Esther risked her own life to save her people
She approached the king and her life was spared
Esther told the king about Haman’s evil plot
The king was enraged and ordered Haman’s execution
Esther persuaded the king to sign a new decree
This decree gave the Jews the right to protect themselves against persecution
The Jews successfully fought against their enemies and won
Even though the book of Esther does not mention God:
God used Esther to save his people
This Easter, we remember an even greater saviour
At great cost to Himself, God sacrificed his own son Jesus to save us
God did not spare his own son from death on a cross
He spilt the blood of his son to cleanse and purify us
God opened up a new way for his people to have a relationship with Him
Through Jesus we now have forgiveness of our sins and the gift of eternal life
This forgiveness and eternal life is now available to all who trust in Jesus
We do not earn salvation through good works
God graciously forgives us and adopts us into his family through Jesus
This is truly amazing grace!
This Easter, who do you trust to save you?
Is Jesus your Lord and Saviour?
For believers: how is Jesus the king of your life?
mmmm bible mmmm
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Hi there mate, hope you’re safe and well. You are a most decent type and you are missed. Jeremy (from Barbados).