Our goal should be one where we stand firm in God so that we not fall into situations where Lines Shouldn’t Be Crossed…
After these events, King Xerxes honored Haman son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, elevating him and giving him a seat of honor higher than that of all the other nobles. 2All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, for the king had commanded this concerning him. But Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor.
3Then the royal officials at the king’s gate asked Mordecai, “Why do you disobey the king’s command?” 4Day after day they spoke to him but he refused to comply.Therefore they told Haman about it to see whether Mordecai’s behavior would be tolerated, for he had told them he was a Jew.
5When Haman saw that Mordecai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged. 6Yet having learned who Mordecai’s people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.
We all have personal lines that we do not want to be crossed. Different words that can be used may be boundaries or personal space or house rules. Whatever they are called we do not like it when those lines are crossed.
God, in His infinite wisdom, places lines around us so that we do not get hurt. It is the enemy that looks to try to cross them in order to bring harm to us.
Many times in the Bible we see where lines were crossed. These examples proved to be greatly detrimental…
- Adam and Eve eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil
- Cain offers sacrifice in the way that was not ordained by God
- Moses strikes the rock for water, not in the way that God required
- Hezekiah, out of pride, shows the Babylonians everything
- Judas betrays Jesus for 30 pieces of silver
There are, however, lines that we ought to cross and let go of- bitterness, hatred, jealousy, and unforgiveness. When sin leads to anger we also must release and move on.
Allow God to be your champion. Let us do what is right. Stand up for the things of God without fear and concern for what others may think.