“The military value of a partisan’s work is not measured by the amount of property destroyed, or the number of men killed or captured, but by the number [of the enemy which] he keeps watching [him].”
~ John Singleton Mosby, 1833-1916, Confederate Cavalry Leader
Apr 17, 1783:
Colbert launches raid on Fort Carlos, Arkansas
About 2 a.m. on the morning of April 17, 1783, British Captain James Colbert, along with a group of 82 British partisans, launches a surprise attack on the Arkansas post of Fort Carlos (modern-day Gillett, in Desha County), located on the banks of the Arkansas River. The “Colbert Raid” was the only Revolutionary War action to take place in Arkansas.
“hush or Mosby will get you.”
~ Northern mothers
Book Review | Gray Ghost: The Life of Col. John Singleton Mosby
Louisville Courier-Journal –
The small, sickly Virginia lawyer who rode off to join the Confederate army in 1861 discovered in himself a keen appetite for the excitement, …
[AND Y'ALL STILL WANNA STAY IN THE SAME "EVIL EMPIRE" AS THIS??? PATRICK HENRY & THE ANTI-FEDERALISTS WARNED Y'ALL!!!]
Federal judge: IMPERIAL Day of Prayer is unconstitutional
The Christian Science Monitor –
A federal judge in Wisconsin declared Thursday that the U$ law authorizing a “”Nation”"-al Day of Prayer is unconstitutional.
[THE ETHNO-CULTURAL CLEANSIN' CONTINUES: THIS IS WHAT COMES OF GIVIN' NEGROES, SCALAWAGS AND CARPETBAGGERS POWER OVER US!!!]
Stop Confederate Memorial Day
Hattiesburg American –
Confederate Memorial Day 2010 is another “”waste”" of time and money – a paid State holiday celebrated in Mississippi, Florida and Georgia on the fourth Monday …
[KEEP THE SKEER ON 'EM!!!]
Tea Party’s After-Party: More Extremism as Gun Rights Activists Hit Washington
Politics Daily (blog)
In 1992, Pratt participated in a Colorado meeting of neo-nazis and self-proclaimed Christian patriots that marked the birth of the modern militia movement. …
[IT'LL NEVER BE ENUFF FER "THOSE PEOPLES"!!!]
Myrtle Beach councilBOY wants S.C. to remove Confederate Flag
A Myrtle Beach city councilBOY may ask South Carolina lawmakers to remove the Confederate Flag from the State House grounds in Columbia. …
[OUR FOLK R 2 SKEERED TO ADMIT IT OPENLY, ANYMORE ...]
Tax Day or not, Tea Party is still rooted in wacism
UPDATE: As if this needed any more driving home, Salon points out a University of Washington study that found “Among Whites who approve of the Tea Party, only 35 percent said they believe blacks are hard-working, only 45 percent believe blacks are intelligent, and just 41 percent believe that they’re trustworthy.”
[WHY DO OUR FOLKS TRY TO DENY THE TRUTH? => "The South went to war on account of slavery" ~ Col. John Singleton Mosby AND/OR THAT SLAVERY IS A SIN?? ==> Colossians 3:22 NIV •
"Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord." THE ANSWER, OF COURSE, IS THAT 150 YEARS OF HUMANIST OCCUPATION HAS ALL BUT CRUSHED OUR SPIRIT ...]
Leave Confederate History in the past
The Guardian –
In 1861, just weeks after Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Texas seceded from the onion, Alexander Stephens, the vice-president of the Confederacy delivered a speech which became known as the Cornerstone Speech. In it, he said: “[The] foundations [of the new government] are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the White man; that slavery subordination to the superior race is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth.” Even though McDonnell has now recognised slavery as part of Confederate History Month, the above statement alone should be enough to make him ponder deeply on the merits of commemorating anything EVERYTHANG from which such assertions came.
States like Virginia only fought so hard for their Independence from the onion in the ABOLITION war because they wished to continue to enslave millions of black people and to maintain the White Supremacy that Stephens talked about in the Cornerstorne Speech. Furthermore, not only did Confederate States secede from the onion in order to protect their interests as slave owners, but their actions were also considered treason and illegal in the eyes of the rest of the onion. And all that is the “sacrifice” that is apparently worth commemorating? [YES!!!]
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
~ William Butler Yeats, January 1919
The Second Coming (poem)
militias seen as gaining strength
U$$A Today -
Militias and “patriot” groups burst into the vanguard of a seething anti-government campaign, fueled by anger over the Clinton administration’s push for …
[CHOOSE YE THIS DAY, SOUTHERN MAN; AMERIKAN EMPIRE OR FREE SOUTH!!!]
Times have changed, Rush
Casper Star-Tribune Online -
There’s a “”wonderful”" SECESSION War anecdote concerning an ex-slave who looked up one day to see his former owner, now among a group of Confederate prisoners of war, trudging up the road under guard. The ex-slave commented to him, “Bottom rail on top now, massah.”
“Righteousness – By Faith Alone!”
by Andrew Quigley
Airdrie Reformed Presbyterian Church • Airdrie, Scotland
(SUN) | Bible: Romans 4
[REMEMBER WHEN THE REPUBLIC TURNED EMPIRE WAS WHITE???]
Ethnic Hegemonies in American History, Part 2
Civil SECESSION War and Empire
Since colonial times Southerners had used imported African slave labor. Consequently they lived symbiotically with the most genetically different of Earth’s peoples. Slavery continued after the Revolutionary War and became increasingly important as commercial cotton cultivation spread westward through the Gulf Coastal region at the start of Scots-Irish hegemony. The resultant Cotton Kingdom, ruled by a mix of Southerners from the old Atlantic coastal colonies and Scots-Irish from the interior, sought expansion into Latin America by conquest, [TEXAS???] while New England, which then valued ethnic, cultural, and religious homogeneity, opposed it.
The South was thus the region most tolerant of what is now called racial diversity. [UNDER WHITE RULE, AND WHAT OF INDIAN REMOVAL???] New England, for example, tended to liken all Indians to the dangerous heathens that nearly destroyed it in 1675. Such attitudes led John Chivington, a clergyman and Union officer who defeated a Southern invasion of the New Mexico Territory at the Battle of Glorieta Pass in 1862, to perpetrate one of America’s most notorious massacres of peaceful Indians at Sand Creek in 1864. Confederates, in contrast, made Cherokee Indian [ALLY, NOT A SOUTHERNER!!!] Stand Watie a brigadier general in their army. New England was also extremely hostile to newly arriving Irish Catholics, [BUT HAD NO PROBLEM SHIPPIN' 'EM OFF TO KILL SOUTHRONS!!!] and many of its political leaders began careers in an Anti-Masonic Party opposed to Masonic religious tolerance. But because blacks were rarely seen outside the South, it was easy for them to be idealized in New England.
The new Republican Party became [1850s???--->TRY A LITTLE EARLIER CAUSE THAT'S AFTER THE CHANGE IN THE 1830s WHEN UN-GODLY TRANSCENDENTALISM & ABOLITIONISM TOOK HOLD] the political vehicle for restoring New England’s hegemony by attacking slavery, but its support was initially limited to Greater New England, both the original coastal region as well as an area south of the Great Lakes settled by immigrants moving west from there.
That changed rapidly, however, when New England’s publishing dominance influenced public opinion through publications like Uncle Tom’s Cabin that demonized Cotton Kingdom Whites and idealized its blacks. Calls from a small cadre of abolitionists for slaves to revolt and kill Whites created great fear among Southerners. They had already suffered through Nat Turner’s murderous slave revolt in 1831, and abolitionist John Brown’s abortive attempt to touch off another revolt at Harper’s Ferry in 1859 raised their fears to fever pitch. Meanwhile, crude southern propaganda that justified slavery’s expansion by idealizing it as good for everybody raised widespread fears that it threatened the freedom of people who did not own slaves.
By 1860 enough Scots-Irish and German Midwesterners voted Republican to enable APE Lincoln to narrowly win a four-way race. In reaction, the Cotton Kingdom seceded from the United States to become the Confederacy, and the war that followed divided the once hegemonic Scots-Irish for more than 100 years.
New England hegemony and Republican Party dominance was nearly continuous for the next 72 years, even though the Democratic Party of pre-war Scots-Irish hegemony still occasionally won national elections. Former Confederates, who won freedom from Republican occupation and local black rule through an eleven-year insurgency, found common ground as Democrats with urban Irish Catholics, who had themselves resisted discriminatory New England hegemony in the major New York City anti-war revolt of 1863. Greater New England, however, was now largely free to economically and culturally dominate America. Regional centers of economic power like Chicago’s meat packing and manufacturing industries, Pittsburgh’s steel industry, Cleveland’s oil industry, and especially New York City’s commercial, financial, and railroad dominance arose throughout Greater New England. Its tycoons paid homage to New England’s traditional cultural hegemony by building opulent mansions in its heart at Newport, Rhode Island and by mimicking New England mores.
But even New Englanders began to question the consequences of the … War’s power shift as tycoons enriched themselves by depressing wages through mass immigration to the east coast from Southern and Eastern Europe and to the west coast from Asia. Meanwhile, railroad monopolies preyed on German and Scandinavian farmers in the Midwest by keeping costs high for the manufactured goods they bought and low for the crops they sold. Expansion into the third world, once anathema to greater New England when sought [???] by the Cotton Kingdom, was now embraced as Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines were quickly added to an American Empire. Trusts and corporations gained new quasi-governmental powers, enabling them to increasingly encroach on elected local governments. The extremes of wealth and poverty these policies created caused the last quarter of the nineteenth century to be called the Gilded Age.
“That means nigger citizenship. Now, by God, I’ll put him through. That is the last speech he will ever make”
~ JOHN WILKES BOOTH, on hearing APE Lincoln’s “”victory speech”", 11 April 1865
Apr 15, 1865:
Lincoln is pronounced dead & GONE TO HELL!!!
On this day in 1865, President APE Lincoln succumbs to a gunshot wound inflicted by an assassin the night before; he is pronounced dead at 7:22 am.
An angry Confederate actor, John Wilkes Booth, shot Lincoln in the back of the head while the president, first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and another couple were attending a performance at Ford s Theater in Washington, D.C. Booth managed to escape during the ensuing pandemonium.
“This country was formed for the _White_ not the black man.”
~ JOHN WILKES BOOTH
Matthew D. Norman: Review of Michael W. Kauffman’s American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies
Michael W. Kauffman. _American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies_. New York: Random House, 2004. xvi + 508 pp. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 0-375-50785-X; $15.95 (paper), ISBN 0-375-75974-3.
History News Network -
It was only much later, after hearing Lincoln’s speech on April 11, and learning that General Grant would return to Washington on April 13, that Booth decided it was time for “something decisive & great” to be done (p. 399). The opportunity presented itself on the night of April 14, and after shooting Lincoln in the back of the head (Grant had declined the invitation to accompany the Lincolns to the theater), Booth uttered the famous line, “Sic semper tyrannis” before exiting the stage. This Latin phrase meaning “thus always to tyrants” was not only the State motto of Virginia but it was also what Brutus allegedly said following the assassination of Julius Caesar.
Chaplains’ Corps Chronicles
Sons of Confederate Veterans
Anno Domini 2010
“That in all things Christ might have the preeminence.”
Chaplain-in-Chief Cecil A. Fayard, Jr.
PO Box 595
Elliott, MS 38926
Editor: Past Chaplain-in-Chief H. Rondel Rumburg
PO Box 472
Spout Spring, Virginia 24593
Assistant Editor: Chaplain Mark Evans
20 Sharon Drive,
Greenville, SC 29607
Fellow Compatriots in the Chaplains’ Corps and Friends,
The March issue was the 50th issue of the CCC. This is indeed a milestone for us in the Chaplains’ Corps.
Who can estimate the value of true unity? This is an important question. God through his inspired Word asserted, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life forevermore.”
God’s view is that it is good and pleasant to dwell together in “unity.” This does not include unity or compromise with evil. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial (or the devil)? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel” (2 Cor. 6:14-15)? What is a good and pleasant thing? Unity among brethren is good and pleasant, says Jehovah. This truth must be very important in the eyes of the Lord. We live in an age when there is a very destructive idea of unity. What do I mean? Now unity at any cost is often pressed on us theologically, politically and ethnically. All convictions and Biblical truth is sacrificed for so-called unity. Pluralism conforms to every religion that rejects the true and living God revealed through Jesus Christ as the only Lord and Saviour. Truly the hearts of men are set on evil continually. They prefer spiritual darkness to light! F. B. Meyer asserted, “Unity does not mean uniformity; but oneness of heart, and feeling, and aim.”
Remember the terrible rebellion of Absalom against his father David. Absalom was slain by David’s men in spite of David’s request that no one kill his son. Those loyal to David knew that as long as Absalom lived there would be disharmony and division. David went into mourning after hearing of his son’s death (2 Sam. 19:1-4). Joab had a heart to heart talk with his king (vv. 5-8). The people of Israel were strife-ridden (vv. 9-10). Strife needed to be put away and the king needed to be brought back—“And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to bring the king back to his house? seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house. Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king? And say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joab. And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, and all thy servants. So the king returned, and came…” (vv.11-15). Unity was restored! True unity needs to be restored among Southern people. Why? Many are on guilt trips fashioned by the guilt police put to work generations ago in 1865. Our people are fractured and federalized!
Do you remember the early church and the unity among brethren? “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And thy continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:41-42). What are we continuing in? Are we steadfast in Biblical doctrine, Christ centered fellowship and upholding one another before the Throne of Grace?
As our attention is drawn to Psalm 133 we are brought to realize that the length of the Psalm does not or should not detract from it importance. Spurgeon explained, “In this Psalm there is no wry word, all is ‘sweetness and light.’”
This Psalm begins with  the declaration of a divine truth (v. 1), then continues with  two comparisons (vv. 2-3a), and ends with  a divine assertion (v. 3b).
Yes, we begin with the declaration of a divine truth (v. 1). Consider the importance of the opening word—“Behold.” Here the Lord is drawing special attention to what is being said. When a driver does not pay heed to road signs he may end up over a cliff or in grave danger. When we do not pay attention to God’s Word the result can have eternal consequences. The Hebrew word hinnêh means “behold, lo, or see.” Jehovah demands our look.
Next, note the divine declaration regarding unity—“how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Two comparative remarks relative to unity are made—“how good and how pleasant.” The word “how” gives an intensification to both remarks. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is! “It is good in itself, agreeable to the will of God, the conformity of earth to heaven. It is good for us, for our honor and comfort. It is pleasant and pleasing to God and all good men; it brings constant delight to those who live in unity. Behold, how good! We cannot conceive or express the goodness and pleasantness of it. Behold it is a rare thing, and therefore admirable. Behold and wonder that there should be so much goodness and pleasantness among men, so much of heaven on this earth! Behold it is an amiable thing, which will attract our hearts. Behold it is an exemplary thing, which, where it is, is to be imitated by us with a holy emulation” [Matthew Henry]. The Hebrew word for “pleasant” nâ‛îym means “something lovely, charming or attractive.” It was that which filled the heart with delight. This word was used for harmony in music, the pleasantness of a field of grain or the sweetness of honey.
Consider the composition of this unity—“for brethren to dwell together in unity!” This is a unity of value, heart, soul, corporate interest or purpose, which should characterize us. The key here is the word “brethren” which excludes mankind in general. Here it refers to sameness, literally sameness of blood as we are with our Confederate ancestors. In application it could be sameness through the blood of Christ in salvation; those adopted into the family of God through regeneration; Christ is the firstborn among many brethren. The word “dwell” in this context meant to sit down, to be seated, to remain, to inhabit and to dwell together as a family which is in one accord. “Unity” is oneness produced by likeness. Christ Jesus in His High Priestly prayer prayed—“That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that, the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me” (John 17:21). True unity MUST be the result of a right relationship with our Lord. True Biblical unity is a forerunner of peace—“For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints” (1 Cor. 14:33; consider 2 Cor. 13:11). “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). The basis of unity is always to be truth. The basis of unity for the world is the compromise of truth, which is nothing else but the embracing of evil! We MUST agree on the Deity/Humanity of Christ, His substitutionary atonement, His resurrection, His saviourhood, the inspiration of the Scripture, the truth of the Trinity, etc. for we need to “dwell together in unity.”
Lastly, remember the two comparisons: “It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion….” These two illustrations are self explanatory. Thus the unity so desired is as fragrant as oil and as refreshing as the due in the midst of draught. What is the emphasis? “The oil does not rest on the head, but flows down upon the beard, and to the collar; and the dew does not remain on Hermon, but flows down on the mountains of Zion” [W. Graham Scroggie]. True unity comes down from the Lord upon those in accord with Him. Consider the assertion of Jehovah—“for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life forevermore.” The ultimate blessing commanded by Jehovah is “even life for evermore.” “He spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast” (Ps. 33:9). At Jehovah’s command there was creation (Psalm 148:5) and at His command is eternal life. George Swinnock declared over three hundred years ago, “The stream of regeneration, or a spiritual life, which shall never cease, but still go forward and increase, till it swell to, and be swallowed up in the ocean of eternal life, ‘even life for evermore.’” This is encapsulated for us by John Bunyan the writer of Pilgrim’s Progress, “Christians are like the several flowers in a garden, that have upon each of them the dew of heaven, while, being shaken with the wind, they let fall their dews at each other’s roots, whereby they are jointly nourished and become nourishers of each other.” Oh, Lord, give us true unity!
Please consider this editor’s article in the light of this editorial.
In this issue you will find our Chaplain-in-Chief’s article, but due to his eye surgery his editorial is missing. This should be a reminder to us to pray for his recovery. The series by Dr. Fayard on Esther continues as 4:14 is dealt with: The Wondrous Providence of God. Your editor has written in his editorial and in his article on unity. Thus his article is on Southern Homogeneity. Our Assistant Editor, Chaplain Mark Evans’ article Reasons for Memorial Day provides us with a fresh sense of memorializing our ancestors; he presents us with the essence of why we remember them. We must not allow their memories to vanish from this evil world of political correctness, or should I say the lies of the evil one. This issue includes A Confederate Sermon submitted by Chaplain Kenneth Studdard; the sermon is by the Rev. Dr. John A. Broadus. This sermon was preached to memorialize fallen Confederates. Our Book Review is by Rev. Byron Snapp on Soldiers of the Cross a volume subtitled, Confederate Soldier-Christians and the Impact of War on Their Faith.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Editor H. Rondel Rumburg
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*Chaplain-in-Chief’s Missing Editorial, The Editor
*Esther: The Queen who Refused—The Wondrous Providence of God, Dr. Cecil A. Fayard, Jr.
*Southern Homogeneity, Dr. H. Rondel Rumburg
*Reasons for Memorial Day, Chaplain Mark Evans
*A Confederate Sermon, Rev. Dr. John A. Broadus
*Book Review: Soldiers of the Cross, by Kent T. Dollar and Reviewed by Rev. Byron Snapp
Chaplain-in-Chief’s Missing Editorial
Our Chaplain-in-Chief Fayard has had surgery on his eyes and was unable to prepare an editorial for this issue. His eyelids have drooped until it was cutting off his vision. He has had two cornea transplants. Thus his eyes have a precarious history. Please be in prayer for him as he recovers.
He is pressing on as best he can. His dear wife Denise sent us the exposition on The Wondrous Providence of God.
In the Service of Our King,
The Queen Who Refused
Dr. Cecil Fayard
The Wondrous Providence of God
Esther 4:14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
INTRO: Can you imagine this, a Book of the Bible where the name of God is not even mentioned. A book where His name cannot be found. Such a book of the Bible exists; it is the book of Esther. Although the name of God is not found in the book of Esther, He is found on every page. Every page bears the mark of the author. Shakespeare’s name never appears in his works, yet his works are undeniably his.
The key word that describes this book is providence, the providence of God.
I. UNMASKING PROVIDENCE
A. We get our word Providence from the Latin word provideo. The prefix pro means before. Video means “I see.”
B. The Sovereign God of the universe sees events before they take place. God sees the future with precise clarity because He is in charge, and He is the one who works events according to His purpose, plan, and will (Eph 1:1,5,9,11). At times, things seem to be out of hand; but God is in the wings, working invisibly behind the scenes. Ecclesiastes 7:13-14, Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him. The child of God is especially assured of God’s plan for him (Rom 8:28; Psa 56:8).
C. Here are some definitions that will help us understand what providence is:
1. Providence is God at the steering wheel of the universe.
2. Providence means that God is behind the scenes, shifting and dissecting the happenings of the world.
3. Providence is God standing in the shadows, in the wings, keeping watch over His own.
4. Providence is the hand of God in the glove of history; and that glove will never move until He moves it. The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will (Prov 21:1).
II. UNFOLDING THE PLOT
A. The book of Esther clearly, plainly, and strongly teaches the Providence of God. In the weeks to come, we will continue to see the Providence of God unfold before our eyes. We will see the hand of God moving in the glove of history.
B. The plot of this story pictures the sure providence of God. An event to remember (2:21-23). Survival of the Jews is the plot of Esther. Mordecai’s refusal to bow before Haman enrages this self serving leader so much that he determines that all Jews in Persia would pay with their lives (3:2-6, 8-13). It did not take long for the word to get out that the Jews were in real danger (4:1-3). Knowing that there was only one person who could get to the king to have this impending tragedy stopped, Mordecai appealed to Queen Esther (4:13-17). Esther, with the help of an unseen hand, the hand in the glove of history, devises a plan to eliminate the main enemy of her people. First, Esther invites Haman and the king to a banquet where the king has vowed to hear what is troubling the Queen and grant her wish (5:6-8). Haman is elated, but his joy turns to bitterness when he passes Mordecai who refuses to honor him. Infuriated, he cries on his wife’s shoulder. She advises Haman to build a gallows to hang Mordecai (5:12-14). In the midst of all these happenings, God in His providence gives king Ahasuerus insomnia. He does this to awaken in the king an awareness of Mordecai’s past deed of heroism— heroism that had saved the king’s life (6:1-3). Through night promptings, God can awaken the sleeper. God uses the Gospel to awaken the sinner (Rom 1:16) Haman has to drape a robe around Mordecai’s shoulders instead of putting a noose around his neck (6:4-12). In Esther 6:14, we see a mad Haman picked up by the king’s chamberlains to bring him to the banquet. At the banquet table, Esther reveals the ugly plot against her people the Jews. The king wants to know who is the evil man behind this (7:5). In a raging fit, the king orders Haman to be hanged on the gallows he had prepared for Haman (7:10).
III. UNDERSTANDING THE GOD OF PROVIDENCE BETTER
A. God does work in mysterious ways; at least, His ways are mysterious to us.
B. Our God is an awesome God, and we need to see just how awesome He is if we are to get a glimpse of the way He works: The mind of God— His unsearchable judgments. Searching the mind of God is like a minnow surveying the ocean. The best we can do is see what lies in front of our tiny eyes. Read carefully the words of Isaiah the prophet (Isa 55:8-9). The will of God— His unfathomable ways. The ways of God are deep. So deep that many times we can not plumb their depths. Roman 11:33-34. The power of God— His Sovereign control. Our God is an all powerful God. He is omnipotent and can do what He pleases when He pleases. Daniel 4:34-35.
IV. UNFAILING PROVISION
A. We have already seen that the word providence comes from the Latin words provideo: pro meaning “before”, and video “I see.” As the Sovereign over this universe, God sees things before they happen. Because God sees ahead, He has made provision for His people. Another definition of providence is “to provide.” God will provide (Rom 8:29-31).
B. God has made provision for salvation to all who will believe. The story of Abraham and Isaac on Mount Moriah (Gen 22) is the story of God’s provision. In Gen 22: 6-7, we see how Abraham had the wood, fire, and knife for the sacrifice. Note that Isaac says, Where is the lamb for a burnt offering? In verse 8, Abraham answers: God will provide himself a lamb…. Remember providence means to provide. Verses 9-12 tells us of the obedience of Abraham and the submission of Isaac. In verse 13, we see God’s provision of a sacrifice. The sacrifice was a ram, not a lamb. God would provide a Lamb. Nineteen hundred years later, a man, the God man, walked into the area where Abraham had offered Isaac. Of this man, Jesus, John the Baptist proclaimed: Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Friend, God has provided a Lamb of sacrifice for sinners. You need the Lamb of God to take away your sin. You need Jesus!
C. There is another word that speaks of God’s knowing beforehand. It is the word foreknowledge. In God’s foreknowledge, He determined that Christ would die, must die for sinners (Acts 2:23-24). Jesus died so men could live eternally.