“The land of the living” – the “land” that endures forevermore”

In the book of Esther, we see the people of God in conflict. There were enemies against whom they had to contend. In this battle, there are victories which lead to “joyous celebration” (Esther 8:15). Such times of victory are times of “happiness and joy, gladness and honour” (Esther 8:16). Such times point toward the final victory, the glorious celebration which will take place in God’s eternal Kingdom. Worship will “never stop.” The Lord’s people will “give glory, honour and thanks to Him who sits on the throne and who lives forever and ever” (Revelation 4:8-9). Concerning the Lord, we say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living” (Psalm 142:5). He is our refuge and portion in both this life and the life to come. “The land of the living” does not only speak of the “land” which will come to an end. It speaks also of the “land” that endures forevermore. In this life, there are many times when we say of our enemies, “They are too strong for me.” In the life to come, we will be fully “set free from our prison”, set free by God to “praise His Name” (Psalm 142:6-7).

These notes are taken from my One Year Bible series of notes.

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