Scripture Reading: Esther chapter 4

“ For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this? “

Mordecai, uncle to Queen Esther

“Such a time as this”……  if we are to keep quiet, another generation, perhaps another time when things are far worse, those other generations will rise up.  In our study today, we go back again to the Persian kings before we can move forward. In Daniel we learned of this king. His name was Xerxes. He was married to Esther, a Jewish girl. To dig a little deeper, read the whole book of Esther, to find out how their marriage came to be. But most important to our study, is the fact that Esther had to challenge herself and stand up against the powerful and save her people. Her uncle Mordecai reminded her that it was her turn to stand up and fight for her nation, and not to be silent. I believe it is our turn also. 

In order to fight for our nation, and not the nation you may call your homeland , but a nation of believers  in Christ,; black or white., gay or straight, orthodox or evangelical. We must learn to stand up against a war tatic  called , “bread and circuses”. King Nebuchadnezzar himself used this tactic with the nation of Israel, thankfully Daniel stood his ground. And this week we will learn how this technique was perfected by the Roman Empire during Jesus’s time here on earth. 

According to Levi Luscko, author of the book “Through the Eyes of a Lion”, a Roman writer named Juvenal explained the concept of “bread and circuses”, when he wrote “ For the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions- everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses. “  Luscko states that that ⅔ of year the Roman Empire orchestrated gladiator matches, elaborate games, and feasts and as long as the People were entertained and fed well,  the rulers could do what ever they pleased and no one ever questioned them. Does this sound familiar? We don’t want to ignore the signs, and repeat history. With the first coming of the Messiah, so many missed the first coming because of this panacea. We cannot allow this to happen to us again.  

This week we will look a little closer at this tactic of war, learn how to fight the dark one, learn more about history, and of course study God’s. Word, pulling it all together.  Hang on for the ride. 

P.s. One may wonder how this study fits in to the theme of Hope for Pain and it’s platform, Healing with Food and Faith. I stand firm in my beliefs that we can fight our battles: physical, emotional, and spiritual if we are healthy, using healthy foods and fitness, battling chronic illness, chronic pain, and anything that ails us. The battle is ours, little by little we can all join this fight.