10-27-14 The Little Red Shop Towel

In vo-tech, I learned to defend myself against malicious marauding gonna-be mechanics snapping shop towels at vulnerable students.  The professor of the lab time would, on occasion during the summer session, allow a hapless student to defend himself. I learned efficient moves and tender spots to snap. I learned dipping the tip in fluid would cause welts upon the attacker’s skin.  I also learned that the little red shop towel was more efficient that a large bath towel in the dorms. I could get in close and get the attacker to back off.  On one victorious occasion, I was able to fend off four rag-snapping bullies. I became the self-proclaimed champion of shop towel snapping. Self-defense was legal and beneficial for my personal self-preservation.

When our enemy sets out to destroy us, we can stand against him.  The devil is ultimately behind the wicked attacks, but we have to deal with his heart-hardened human representatives, too.  God gives us permission to do so: “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13.

The Jews in this instance did not seek a confrontation. Their enemies in the kingdom wanted to take advantage of a law put into place by Haman. The King gave the Jews a legal opportunity to fight back with a new law. They were given every legal means to protect themselves, which they did.  Notice in this verse that they did not take the spoil.  This means they only fought for their lives and nothing more.

“But the other Jews that were in the king's provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of their foes seventy and five thousand, but they laid not their hands on the prey,” Esther 9:16.

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