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Over Himself - by Michael Phillips
God is Sovereign - Part 7 of 7
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Proverbs 16:32
Apr 17, 2016 pm - Here's a name you don't hear every day: Ahasuerus. Do you know who he is? He was the king of Persia in the Sixth Century BC, and also the husband of Queen Esther, who, along with her relative, Mordecai, saved the Jews from annihilation. What kind of man was Ahasuerus? If all you knew about him was what the opening verse of Esther said, you'd think he was the mightiest man in the Ancient World. There he is introduced to us as not 'some other Ahasuerus', but- The Ahasuerus who reigned from India to Ethiopia, over one hundred-twenty seven provinces. If you look at a map, you'll see that even by today's standards, he ruled over a huge Empire; in fact, the largest Empire the world had ever known up until that time. Ahasuerus, therefore, was a very, very powerful man. That's the testimony of Esther 1:1. But, when you go on to read the rest of the book, you'll see this very powerful king wasn't so powerful after all. He ruled an Empire-the Bible says-but he couldn't rule himself. He couldn't rule himself. While he should have been sober and calm and principled, he was, in fact, drunk, angry, and impulsive. So, back to the original question: What kind of man was Ahasuerus? Was he a strong ... More >>>

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