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A Woman Ought To Know Her Place


A Woman Ought To Know Her Place by Julie McAllen

When you think of those whom God called to deliver His people, who comes to mind? Perhaps Moses or prophets such as Jeremiah or Isaiah? Have you ever considered that even during old covenant days, Jehovah had raised up a WOMAN to deliver His people?

When the man Haman was appointed to a noble position during the reign of king Ahasuerus in Persia, he persuaded the king to agree to his scheme of killing the Jews, and it was a woman, Queen Esther, who’d been put in position to say something about it.

Female warriorBoth Haman and Esther were considered to have some authority in the Persian kingdom over which Ahasuerus ruled. Haman had been promoted by man to his position and thus sought the glory from man, but Esther had been appointed by God for the glory of God. When king Ahasuerus commanded all subjects to bow to Haman and Mordecai refused to fall at his feet, Haman decided to do away with the Jews because he knew it was their dedication to Jehovah God that prohibited Mordecai from rendering worship to man (Ps 146:3). Haman, thus became known as “the enemy of the Jews” at that time (Est 3:10). But Esther had been promoted by God to have influence in the kingdom for “such a time as this” when she learned through her uncle Mordecai that her people were in danger.

“Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Est 4:13)

Like Haman, Esther had great privileges within the kingdom and her royal position as Queen. What would she do? Would she protect her privileged position and seek the glory of men or recognize her calling for the glory of God?

The reaction of these two people placed in authority over a worldly kingdom teaches us about our own position in the kingdoms over which we’ve been appointed.

Haman, knowing his favored position expected all in the kingdom to bow to him. He was not concerned with any other will than his own. And every time he saw that Jew Mordecai subjecting himself to God by the action of not bowing down to a man, it aggravated him to no end. He had it all, but the one thing he didn’t have was Mordecai’s act of worship. How did he respond to this?

9 Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits. But when he saw Mordecai at the king’s gate and observed that he neither rose nor showed fear in his presence, he was filled with rage against Mordecai. 10 Nevertheless, Haman restrained himself and went home.
Calling together his friends and Zeresh, his wife, 11 Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the king had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials. 12 “And that’s not all,” Haman added. “I’m the only person Queen Esther invited to accompany the king to the banquet she gave. And she has invited me along with the king tomorrow.
(Est 5:9-12)

This reminded me of oppressive rulers who seek glory for themselves and not God. When anyone doubts or questions their authority, they are compelled to promote themselves more and God less in an effort to protect their own empire like Haman who was appointed by man to receive honor by men. But not all bow to them when they say “kneel.”

13 But all this gives me no satisfaction as long as I see that Jew Mordecai sitting at the king’s gate.” (Est 5:13)

So what is their course? In the case of the religion I was once under, the Watchtower Society, it is to haul those who disagree with them into a judicial hearing, and if they refuse to obey them as the ultimate authority, they remove them from fellowship. And they don’t stop there, they also instill a fear of former members by calling them “mentally diseased” (7/15/11 Watchtower magazine) and feed the remaining enslaved flock with messages designed to keep them fearful and to “beware of apostates.” They are much like Haman who so desired the worship of Mordecai to be shifted from the true God Jehovah to himself that he would rather see an opponent dead than not bowing to him. Nothing delights a man more than that his enemies be put to death.

14 His wife Zeresh and all his friends said to him, “Have a pole set up, reaching to a height of fifty cubits, and ask the king in the morning to have Mordecai impaled on it. Then go with the king to the banquet and enjoy yourself.” This suggestion delighted Haman, and he had the pole set up. (Est 5:14)

How different the Spirit of God is from this, for He does not seek to kill those who do not bow to Him, rather He lays down His own life for them (Ro 5:6-11). This is how you can tell who is operating under the authority given by man or who has been promoted by God to a position of authority. God’s Spirit moved Esther to use her royal position in a different manner than Haman. When Mordecai sent word to Esther about the danger of God’s people, she did not protect her cushy position by remaining silent and allow her people to perish. She knew her time had come and therefore relied upon her God for strength in the dangerous assignment of confronting the worldly king knowing it could lead to her own death. Her first resource to be sought was prayer.

15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants 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.” (Est 4:15-16)

The faithful and discreet among them fasted and prayed trusting that a deliverer was being raised up while the followers of man supported the killing of God’s people. I thought about those among Jehovah’s Witnesses sitting in Kingdom Halls and Assemblies today who by their silence agree with policies that support unnecessary and harmful separation from friends and family and even death by not allowing blood in obedience to the Watchtower’s command. They do not trust the God they claim to follow enough to protect them in any confrontation with those they know to be wrong. They remain in a comfort zone thinking they are securing their place in the kingdom. In contrast, the followers of Jesus Christ are to be salt and light not hidden and trampled on by men. God’s people are called out to be as Mordecai who openly defied men who demanded worship for themselves (Matt 5:12-16).

The men of oppressive rule love it when their members tremble in fear before them, but neither Mordecai or Esther gave concern for their own lives in the face of ungodly worship directed at men. Though some who’ve been hurt by  the religion of the Watchtower Society may have silently faded away, that’s not what bothers the leaders there. It’s the one’s who in plain view worship the God of the universe and proclaim His reign instead of giving such an organization the praise that they are targeting. The men at the top of the Watchtower have trained their trembling and obedient flock to not only hate and fear such vocal apostates, but also to condemn and curse the spirit-born church who have been worshiping Jesus since He first made Himself known–which was long before any Bible students or Watchtower Bible and Tract Society appeared. While the Watchtower continues to brag up themselves to draw men to their religion, Christians lift up Jesus Christ to draw men to HIM (John 12:32) for He was the one who in humility gave up His royal position and laid down His life to become our Great Deliverer. Esther displayed this same Spirit in stepping out of her royal robes on behalf of her people. If we’ve been so privileged to be clothed in the royal garment of Christ, then we ought to know our place and proclaim by word and demonstration that we will not bow to oppressive, man-made religions either, for who knows, we may have attained royalty for such a time as this!

Keep yourself in God’s love, Julie

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June 29, 2013 - Posted by | According to Scripture, Expressions, Uncategorized, Watchtower Society | , , , , , , , , , ,

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