THE JEWISH HERITAGE

Scripture Reading: Esther 6:13

The story of Haman and Mordecai presents to us a tussle between a Gentile and a Jew; a believer and an unbeliever. Haman who had found favor with the king and could now enter the king’s palace at will put his trust in his influence and affluence. He had believed that dealing with a Jew would be as easy for him as dealing with any other person from a gentile territory. More so, there were no visible obstacles challenging his presuppositions. Dealing and doing away with Mordecai would be, for him, as easy as anything else he had ever done. How wrong he was, indeed! He failed to recognize that Mordecai was a Jew and the Jews were not ordinary people; they were the people of God, a people of the covenant. They are those through whom God willed to reveal Himself as Father to the whole human race. As such, it was a colossal mistake to assume the possibility of ever dealing with them like every other tribe or people.
Beloved in the Lord, the lead passage of today’s reflection which says, “You are beginning to lose power to Mordecai, he is a Jew, and you cannot overcome him. He will certainly defeat you”, points to a reality beyond Mordecai. It points to the covenant. It is about a people, a hegemony and patrimony with a promise. Yes, a true Jew cannot be defeated. This is played out more explicitly in the contest between David and Goliath. Being a Jew bestows you certain rights and privileges which a Gentile cannot have.
Beloved, you and I share in that heritage since by virtue of our faith in Christ we have become Jews (cf. Rom. 4:16-18). Galatians 3:29 says, “If you belong to Christ, then you are the descendants of Abraham and will receive what God has promised.” When we made our confession of faith, we passed into one of the tribes of Israel and we become seeds of Abraham who is the father of faith. You, therefore, cannot be defeated because you carry within you an indestructible seed that makes you overcome difficulties and challenges. May I announce to you child of God that you are a victor in Christ Jesus over everything that threatens your peace and joy. If Haman continued to fall and not rise because he was fighting against a Jew, then, be assured that your defeat over your enemies is sure. Scripture says, “You cannot kick against a stone and be unhurt.” Beloved, hear this, you cannot be defeated. You are a seed which will germinate after it is buried. Sickness cannot defeat you and economic recession cannot deter you. What is it that is threatening your peace, do not be shaken or give in to fear, hear ye the word of the Lord, you shall conquer in Jesus name. (Psalms 46:1-3) Whatever powers are challenging your faith in God, I pray for you today, you shall overcome them all gloriously in Jesus name. Rejoice, friend, and glorify the name of the Lord.

MASS: WHITE Acts 5:27-33; Ps 34:2.9.17-18.19-20 (R.7a); Accl. Jn 20:29; Jn 3: 16-21

Prayer Points:
1. Thank God for the gift of His word you have received today.
2. Surrender every challenge in your life to the Lord.
3. I decree in the name of Jesus, I cannot be defeated. I am an overcomer by the power in the Blood of the Lamb.
4. Lord, let the anointing to overcome fall upon me mightily in Jesus name.

Exercise: Declare seven times, “I am a child of Zion, I cannot be defeated”.

Meditation: 2 Sam. 3:1

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