The Bible Fact on Esther is that 2:12 is the longest verse in the Bible. And it deals with our topic patience. In the days of Esther before she could appear before the king she would need 6 months oil treatments along with cremes plus six additional months with perfumes. If you’re married you can never complain about how long it takes your wife or husband to get ready to go out with you. Just think about Esther. One whole year before she was presentable before the king. When he saw her she squirted out of his hands with all the oils and creams she had on her and he was overwhelmed by the aroma of all the perfume upon her. We must exercise patience with our considerable other if we love them.
Worshipping God is the most important aspect of coming together to worship Him. In the Old Testament Nehemiah describes a type of worship that many of the Christian church today could not tolerate.
Did you catch it? Nehemiah read aloud from day break till noon. I hope he has some cough drops handy. And the people listenened attentively for that full-time. Could you listen attentively for 6 hours? That’s one fourth of the day. But that is not they did. For the longest time of the Roman Catholic Church the priest would speak their homilies in Latin. 1st Corinthians 14:11 would apply here. If I don’t know the meaning of the language spoken how am I edified? The priest would be a barbarian to me and I to the priest. What’s the purpose of speaking a message if no one understands it? That was not so in Nehemiah’s day.
Do you see the difference in worship here? Those of Nehemiah’s day understood what was being read as they gave the sense of the reading and helped them to understand it. The Roman Catholics are simply Lost in Space.