There truly is nothing new under the sun.

I heard a sermon on the story of Esther from the Old Testament this weekend. Around 485 B.C., the Persian King, Ahasuerus, or Xerxes, holds a lavish party lasting several months. His people, of course, are forced to worship him as a God, and he later threatens to wipe out the Jewish people because they refuse to do so, until Esther comes to the rescue. Then I pick up the newspaper and see an article about the Workers Party Congress in North Korea worshiping Kim Jung Un as a god, and another about ISIS vowing to exterminate the Jews from the planet and another on the Christian genocide in the Middle East, and I am amazed how little things have changed in 2500 years. I also wonder who will be the Esthers of today.

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