Yesterday’s message …
- Introduced the squirm-in-your-seat concept of a “sexual audition” from Esther 2;
- Meditated on both the nature of the bible — why such a story in holy writ? — and the activity of God — does he cause stuff, respond to it, or something else altogether?
- Recognized the persistence of God’s enemies;
- Landed at this bottom line, inspired by Pastor Strain of First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi: God makes his enemies serve his ends.
There is a reason this message is called Beauty & The Bleh. Because there’s a beauty – Esther – and there’s a whole lot of bleh – the situation she is in, the things people do to her and with her, the enemies on the prowl, and even, maybe, possibly, the ways she is a willing accomplice in some or all of it. Beauty. Bleh. And it’s one of those stories that as I dug into, I threw my hands up and was like, “how in the WORLD can I preach THIS?” I will leave it up to you to decide whether I actually do or not.