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每日灵修 | 3.15 以斯帖迫切的请求

以斯帖迫切的请求

Esther's Urgent Request

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以斯帖记 7

Esther 7

 

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王后以斯帖回答说:“我若在王眼前蒙恩……是愿王将我的性命赐给我……是求王将我的本族赐给我。”

—斯 7:3

Queen Esther answered, "If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty… grant me my life … and spare my people."

—Esther 7:3

哈曼已定下计谋去灭绝犹大人,(参看三月十四日的每日灵修)他已指定了一个日子来进行杀戮。(参斯 3:13)然而神却不容许哈曼的阴谋成事,听了末底改、犹大百姓和以斯帖王后的祈求后,神便让审判临到哈曼了。

听到哈曼的阴谋后,尽管可能会因王拒绝贸然觐见而被处死,以斯帖王后仍然决定要去觐见王,向王求恩惠和怜悯。(参斯 4:15-5:4)

在她预备的筵席上,她对王说:“我若在王眼前蒙恩,王若以为美,我所愿的,是愿王将我的性命赐给我;我所求的,是求王将我的本族赐给我。”这时王便看到哈曼的阴谋是多么恶毒,他便答允了以斯帖的请求。

哈曼虽定了邪恶的计谋,神却使他自食其果,就如诗篇第七篇十五至十六节所说的:“他掘了坑,又挖深了,竟掉在自己所挖的阱里。他的毒害必临到他自己的头上;他的强暴必落到他自己的脑袋上。”哈曼最终被挂在他先前为末底改预备的绞架上处死。

种瓜得瓜,种豆得豆。让我们求神帮助我们,叫我们所想的、所做的和所说的一切,都出自善良而不是邪恶的。

Haman had planned to destroy the Jews. (March 14) He had also set a day for the killing to take place. (Esther 3:13) But God did not allow Haman's scheme to unfold. Hearing the prayers of Mordecai, the people of Judah, and Queen Esther, God judged Haman.

When she heard the news about Haman's plot, Queen Esther resolved to approach the king for his favor and mercy, even if it meant that she might die if he refused her. (Esther 4:15-5:4)

And at a banquet she prepared, she said, "If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request." The king now realized how vicious Haman's plot was, and he agreed with Esther's request.

God brought Haman's evil scheme down on his own head. As Psalm 7:15-16 puts it, "Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made. The trouble they cause recoils on them; their violence comes down on their own heads." Haman was impaled to death on a pole that he had made for Mordecai.

People reap what they sow. Let us ask God to help us do good, and not evil, in all that we think, do, and say.

祷告 · Prayer

神啊,祢看到我们所作的一切,又知道我们的心思。求祢赦免我们的罪,帮助我们行善,天天去爱我们的邻舍。奉耶稣祈求,阿们。

摘自《每日箴言》

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