Text: Acts 5:1-42. The last part of chapter 4 teaches about the devotion of the new church to one another (vv. 1-4). People were even selling their properties and distributing the money among the believers who were in need. Ananias and Sapphira also sold property. They kept some of the money (which is fine), but[…]

Text: Acts 4:1-37. In this chapter we see the beginnings of opposition to the Church of Jesus (vv.1-4, 12). Opposition to God and His people has always existed (ever since Satan attacked Adam, Cain killed Abel, Egypt enslaved Israel, etc.) but here opposition rises against the newly born Church. Jesus promised it (John15:20). Interestingly, the[…]

Text: Acts 3:1-26. It’s important to notice that this miraculous healing took place at the temple (vv.1-8, 16). Even though God was doing something new, it started first with His people – Israel, right at their place of worship. For 1,000 years the temple was the place that symbolised God’s forgiving grace. The animals that[…]

Text: Acts 2:1-47. This chapter has caused a lot of division among Christians. Those who call themselves “Pentecostals” have a certain understanding and application of “tongues” which may be incorrect (4-8,11b, 32-33, 42). What the Bible means by tongues is “known human languages that were not known by the speakers but were understood by the listeners” (2:7-8). Tongues are[…]

Text: Acts 1:1-26. The book of Acts is written by Luke, the same man who wrote the Gospel we call “Luke”. Though this book is often called The Book of the Acts of the Apostles (which it is), verse 1 tells us that Acts is actually the continuing work of Jesus Christ (vv. 4-5,8). It is also important[…]

Text: Esther 10:1-3. Mordecai was once a man who stood at, and could not be allowed beyond the gate, God raised him up to become second in command of the vast Persian Empire (8:9). The secret was; he honoured God, he maintained he was of a Jewish identity even when it meant his death (3:4). Mordecai was great because[…]

Text: Esther 9:1-32. Since Haman had decreed that Jews should be killed and their property confiscated, this decree as per the laws of Persians and Medes could not be reversed, instead Mordecai made the King sign a new one to counter what Haman had written against the Jews so as to protect themselves from their enemies. No one could[…]

Text: Esther 8:1-17. As it was the custom in Persian tradition, a traitor’s property would return to the King and in this case the King gave Haman’s property (5:11) to queen Esther, who also put it under the custody of Mordecai (vv.1-2). Mordecai was more honoured than the first instance by matching out in royal colours (white and blue)[…]

Text: Esther 7:1-10. The feast went on for the second day, Esther reveals Haman as a foe and enemy of Jews (v.6) who wanted to destroy, kill and annihilate the Jews (v.4). She quoted the exact words used by Haman (3:13). Haman’s honour then turned into shame and then to horror! Haman was then hanged on the[…]

Text Esther 6:1-14. God responded to help save the Jews as they cried to Him through fasting. The King had a sleepless night and ordered the records of the Chronicles to be read to him and Mordecai was honoured (vv.1 and 10). Mordecai clad in royal robes of the King, was paraded at the city square (v.9) where[…]