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The Haman in all of us and how Jesus​ frees us from him

© September 27, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  In all of us is a Haman. Haman? Who is Haman? Haman in Jewish folklore is the man who plotted against the Jews, to destroy them. He hated the Jewish people and conjured a plan to have all of them destroyed. His real irk, however, was against Mordecai. Haman had been promoted by the king and had a seat above all princes. Whenever the king’s servant saw him they would bow down before him to show respect. But Mordecai refused to bow down or show him respect. When Haman saw that Mordecai would not bow down or show him respect, he became mad. And it’s at this point when he came up with a plan to destroy the Jews – a  plan that was later sanctioned by the king. This same scene plays itself out later. Haman was invited to the palace to a banquet. He was the main guest. As he left the party, he saw Mordecai sitting at the palace gate, not standing up or trembling …

How Jesus humbles, affirms and authenticates our heritage

© September 24, 2018 | Schulter Etyang  In South Africa, September 24th is Heritage Day – also known as Shaka’s Day or National Braai day. It’s a public holiday. On Heritage Day, we acknowledge and celebrate the ethnic, racial and cultural heritage of the diverse populace of our nation.  The day has a feel-good factor about it. We don our different cultural attires, speak our languages, and many celebrate the day with a traditional meal. The different shades of South Africa come alive on this day.

You are beautiful

© September 12, 2018| Schulter Etyang On the day of our wedding, Jenny and her bridesmaids, booked a chalet. The chalet was next to the chapel where our wedding ceremony took place. Jenny booked the chalet so that it could be easier for her to get ready and walk a short distance to the chapel. The next time I saw Jenny was when Robert, her eldest brother, walked her down the aisle. When I saw her, I was stunned. She was a different person. Who is this person, I asked? She had on an all white wedding gown. Her hair had been done well. She was adorned with costly jewelry. Her skin was radiant. The perfume she had on smelled like heaven. She was the most beautiful lady I had ever seen in my entire life. Not even the babes in Playboy magazine or FHM could match her beauty. She was exquisite. She was beautiful.

I am his kid

© August 14, 2018 | Schulter Etyang Hey, whose kids do you love? Yours or your neighbours? Yours or your sister’s kids? Yours or your best friend’s kids? The answer is obvious. You love your own kids more than even your own relative’s kids. Parents who say that they love other kids as much as their own, usually, are trying to overemphasize a point. The truth is that we love our own more than others.  And yes, your kids are naughty most times. They disobey and disregard your instructions, but, you have never thought of disowning or discarding them.

What’s your worth?

    © April, 25 | Schulter Etyang There is this fascinating account in Leviticus 27 about how the priest would place a determinate value on people, animals, houses, and fields. The whole chapter describes how the valuation process took place. If it were a man 20-60 years old, their value would be 50 shekels of silver. If it were a woman of the same age, it would be 30 shekels (Vs. 3 -4) For the male 5-20 years old, their value would be 20 shekels. For the female of the same age it would be 10 shekels (Vs. 5) If the baby were male, then his value would be 5 shekels. If she were a girl, her value would be 3 shekels. (Vs.6) For the male 60 years old and above, their value would be 15 shekels. For a female of the same age, it would be 10 shekels. (Vs.7)