Published on July 16, 2014
Uniting with like minded people to withstand destructive influences…: Uniting with like minded people to withstand destructive influences… Ecclesiastes 4:9a,12b "Two are better than one...and a three-fold cord is not easily broken." Character Sketches, Vol. 2 IBLP, 1978, pages 201-213 Plus various Character Councils, & other websites Lesson 3 Who Am I?: Who Am I? In Nature… Sometimes called “clown of the pond”, “ mudhen ”, or “rice hen” Sociable, mixing with other waterfowls Prefers marshes & reedy banks From Scripture… A treacherous plan by a godless leader Hated Jews, especially one on staff Thought he was above God’s law American Coot (fulica americana): American Coot ( fulica americana ) Fulica = waterfowl, coot (possibly a derivative of a Dutch word ‘ koet ’ = ‘coot’ Most of its time is on water, even asleep Ave. wingspan = 28” Ave. weight = 22 oz Lifespan = 7-8 years On being a coot…: On being a coot… Loves large flocks ( not during mating season) Has a thick “frontal shield” to protect from sharp grass, etc., while eating mostly underwater vegis , aquatic insects & other water life Danger? Form a LARGE group! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5dPaWH785w Living as a coot…old or not : *You can “walk on water” & get ready for the storms *Protect your family *Work as a team, & raise each baby individually *To defend yourself & others *To have fun Living as a coot…old or not Scriptural Applications: Scriptural Applications Our biggest threat is to be intimidated & “cut from the flock”…. 1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: We need to know & trust our “home team” 1Thess.5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you ; Take up the fight~a team, 1 focus, 1 voice Psalm 144:1 A Psalm of David. Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: Pride, arrogance, & the evil way tend to have severe consequences…: Pride Hatred Ancient Enemies Who was at fault here? This story has 5 main characters *A man on the staff of the King *His adopted daughter, the Queen *A power hungry man, close to the king *The King himself *A subgroup in the kingdom Pride, arrogance, & the evil way tend to have severe consequences… Esther…the call to unity: Esther…the call to unity Chosen for beauty, not heritage Wise in reading people & working politics Had enduring faith in God & trust in Mordecai Honored her family… both Jewish & heathen Was unafraid in the face of evil Like Esther, Mordecai, & even Haman, choose your team carefully….: Like Esther, Mordecai, & even Haman, choose your team carefully…. Mordecai & Esther chose God, the law (both of the Jews & a careful use of the Persian law), & the Jewish people… which led to protection Haman chose family bitterness, pride, & to use & twist the Persian law…all of which are brittle tools. By working evil, he caused evil to be his consequence… A picture to remember...: A picture to remember... Who is included in YOUR 3 fold cord?