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Christianity is about God reaching out his hand in friendship to mankind. Christians believe that the whole world and everything in it was created by God. God is a personal being, a living God who is three, yet one: Father, Son and Spirit, just as we human beings have body, mind and soul! (see the Trinity).

The Bible says God created people in his image, to love him. Yet every person has rebelled against God and sinned. Yet instead of turning his back on us, God became a man, Jesus, who most scholars believe was born about the year 4 BC and lived among us. He taught a message of love throughout Palestine but public opinion turned against him and he was executed as a young man.

He died because of us - the death that we should have died. He was crucified on a cross, but he rose from the dead, and now calls us to trust him, to love him and to repent of our rebellion. If we do this, then we our relationship with God becomes restored and we will live forever with God.

Many non-Christians may think that being a Christian is about belonging to a particular church or following a certain set of rule. Most Christians however would agree that at its root, being a Christian means to be in a living relationship with Jesus.

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May Scripture Portion for Bible Commentary : 1 Chronicles 7 - Job 11 including the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

Chapter 13 records Nehemiah's second visit to Jerusalem. He found that the Jewish men had repeated the sin of taking heathen wives. In fact, some of the priests had even sinned in this way. It was now necessary for this courageous saint to face the sin and honestly judge it. He started at the house of God, when he discovered that the high priest was allied with the Jews' enemy, Tobiah. Nehemiah lost no time in throwing out Tobiah and his goods, and having the Temple chamber sanctified for its proper use.

The Book of Nehemiah closes with three prayers (verses 22,29, and 31). Nehemiah had done his work, but only God could bless it and keep it going. The time would come when Nehemiah would die, and the majority of the people would forget him. However, because of his faithfulness, God would never forget him.

The events recorded in the Book of Esther take place between Ezra 6 and 7. The third year of Ahasuerus (chapter 1:3) would be the year 483 b.c. Ahasuerus was the title of the Persian ruler, just as Pharaoh was the title of the Egyptian ruler. The Book of Esther does not mention the name of God, but the name of the king is mentioned at least 28 times.

The significance of the Book of Esther is that it testifies to the secret watchcare of Jehovah over dispersed Israel. Even though the Word "Jehovah" does not appear in the book, His overruling providence is seen in every chapter.

King Xerxes ruled from 486 to 465 b.c. We can see from our reading that he was an impulsive ruler. At least four years passed between chapters 1 and 2, during which time King Xerxes went on his disastrous Greek campaign. He came home a bitter man. It was only natural that he should seek some kind of comfort in his home. In the latter part of chapter 2, King Xerxes makes Esther queen, to take the place of Vashti.


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