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Monday, October 6 2014

Esther 8: Your Right Of Self Defense

"The Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them"

The natural, God-given right of self defense is not a man-made "right" that is granted or permitted by any human-led government. While having the inalienable right of self defense formally legislated and recognized by other humans is good, while it lasts, human history has consistently recorded how governments (i.e. mere people - no better or different than those who they claim to govern) have, sooner or later, not only ignored the "legal rights" of some or all of their citizens, but were actually the force that committed atrocities upon their own people.

The Nazi murder of millions of Jews by their own police and government officials is a prime (but only one of countless examples, of all nations, from the past and present) example that no one should ever depend solely upon any human government for their genuinely-lawful personal security. In any truly civilized society, the first line of personal defense has always been one's self, according to the peace-seeking Law of the LORD.

Do not commit murder also prohibits being an accessory to the crime of one's own murder by not defending one's self while awaiting the arrival of police. The Messiah (who Himself was murdered by government officials, "leading" humans, who all knew that He was innocent of any wrongdoing; see Innocent Blood) plainly declared the God-given right of self-defense - and what inevitably happens whenever it is surrendered to other people.

"11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 11:22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils." (Luke 11:21-22 KJV).

The people of Judah faced an attempted genocide in the time of Esther, just as they did with the Nazis centuries later. A Persian Visier (in effect, the Prime Minister of the Persian king), Haman, sought to kill all Jews throughout the vast Persian Empire (see Haman's Chess Board Plot and Mordecai's Sackcloth and Ashes). Suddenly, with a simple decree by another mere human, the "legal rights" of a people were replaced by a merciless execution order against them.

The Persian Empire

Haman's plot was stopped by revealing to the king that Haman, the "leader" of the government at the time, was the actual enemy, not Mordecai who had saved the king's life (see Mordecai In The Persian History Books).

"8:1 On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews' enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her. 8:2 And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman." (Esther 8:1-2 KJV)

The Persian king apparently did not know, or care, that his wife Esther was a Jew. The problem remained however because the earlier decree for a genocide of the Jews was still in effect. The king was regarded as "infallible" - his decrees could not be changed.

Persian Troops

"8:3 And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews. 8:4 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king,

8:5 And said, If it please the king, and if I have found favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king's provinces: 8:6 For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?" (Esther 8:3-6 KJV)

The Persian king then issued another decree for the entire empire - from India in Asia to Ethiopia In Africa.

"8:7 Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews. 8:8 Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's name, and seal it with the king's ring: for the writing which is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse.

8:9 Then were the king's scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language. 8:10 And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' name, and sealed it with the king's ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries:" (Esther 8:7-10 KJV)

Unlike the present-day people of Judah who have learned to never depend on the security promises of other humans, the Jews of that time were then legally "allowed" to defend themselves from those who attacked them.

"8:11 Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women, and to take the spoil of them for a prey, 8:12 Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar. 8:13 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

8:14 So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king's commandment. And the decree was given at Shushan the palace.

8:15 And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad. 8:16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour. 8:17 And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them." (Esther 8:11-17 KJV)

Fact Finder: What happened when the people of Israel became powerful but docile "subjects" of their government (i.e. after 400 years of being native-born citizens there) in Egypt? Did they just surrender their children to be murdered?
See The Drawing Of Moses and How Long Were They Slaves?

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This Day In History, October 6

69 BC: The Battle of Tigranocerta. Forces of the Roman Republic (see The Politics Of Rome) defeated the army of the Kingdom of Armenia led by King Tigranes the Great.

101: The Battle of Arausio. Germanic tribes (Cimbri and Teutoni) defeated a Roman army in what is today southern France. Germany eventually became the Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Tyndale Translation 1014: The Byzantine Emperor Basil earned the title "Slayer of Bulgers" after he ordered the blinding of 15,000 Bulgerian troops.

1520: German reformer Martin Luther published "Prelude on the Babylonian Captivity of the Church," his famous writing which attacked the entire "sacramental system" (i.e. dead works declared sacred) of the Catholic Church.

1536: English Holy Bible publisher William Tyndale was burned at the stake as a heretic after being arrested near Brussels, Belgium (see also Isaac: Rising From The Ashes).

1762: During the Seven Years' War, the Battle of Manila between Britain and Spain ended; it resulted in the British occupation of Manila for the rest of the war.

1854: In England, the Great fire of Newcastle and Gateshead began. It resulted in 53 deaths and hundreds of injuries.

1866: Inventor Reginald Aubrey Fessendon, sometimes described as "the genius Canada forgot," was born, near East Bolton, Quebec. His most important invention was the wireless telephone, which preceded modern radio. He also invented the first wireless compass and the fathometer.

1908: Bosnia and Herzegovina were annexed by Austria.

1928: Chiang Kai-Shek became president of the Republic of China.

1949: "Tokyo Rose," Iva Toguri D'Aquino, who broadcast Japanese propaganda to U.S. forces in the Pacific during Second World War, was sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine on treason charges.

1955: The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) became officially sovereign by agreement with the Soviet Union.

1973: Israel's Yom Kippur War began. On the Day of Atonement, Egypt (under Anwar Sadat) attacked Israeli southern positions on the east bank of the Suez while Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian forces simultaneously attacked Israeli northern positions on the Golan heights. Although early Arab success was soon slowed by fierce resistance by Israeli troops, U.S. President Richard Nixon, concerned that Israel would use its nuclear weapons (on the second day of the war, Israel's defense minister Moshe Dayan urged Prime Minister Golda Meir to use nuclear weapons) ordered an immediate emergency airlift of U.S. weapons to Israel. Despite winning the fourth major Israeli-Arab conflict since 1948, the cost to Israel was very high - 5,500 dead or wounded, 800 tanks lost (see Israel's Wars In The Twentieth Century; also Jordan's West Bank Invasion and Israel's Wars With The Palestinians).

1976: Cubana de Aviacion Flight 455 from Barbados to Jamaica was destroyed in flight by a CIA-sponsored terrorist attack. It was the deadliest terrorist airline attack in the Western Hemisphere up to that time. All 78 people aboard the Cuban airliner were killed. Most of the accused terrorists who were identified were given refuge in the U.S.

1978: Ayatollah Khomeini, a fanatical Iranian religious leader opposed to the Shah, was granted asylum in France after being expelled from Iran. Khomeini later returned to become Iran's hardline leader when the Shah was overthrown and was himself expelled from Iran. Khomeini claimed that the Shah of Iran was merely a U.S. puppet and that most U.S. diplomats in Iran were CIA agents (accusations later proven true) - claims that fueled the Iranian revolution, which included the takeover of the U.S. Embassy and "the hostage crisis."

1981: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt was assassinated at age 63 by 4 Egyptian soldiers who suddenly broke from a military parade and opened fire on the Presidential reviewing stand. Anwar Sadat had been a signer of the Camp David Peace Accord with Israel in 1978 for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

1986: A crippled Soviet nuclear submarine sank in the Atlantic Ocean about 2,000 km. east of New York after a fire and explosion aboard the sub 3 days earlier.

1995: Astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz of the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland announced the discovery of a planet orbiting 51 Pegasi, the first planet discovered orbiting a solar-type star.


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