We are in a ‘time’ where gatherings are limited secondary to a virus! Wow! Something so small, it cannot be seen by the human eye, so many suite up 😷.
Understandably so. Is this a first?
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders John 20:19 (Now, a virus.)
This is passed as a non-religious ban…. what does The Word say? https://www.openbible.info/topics/gathering_together
“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.”
After He said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight. Acts 1:5-8
Another example of a private gathering: Eutychus /ˈjuːtɪkəs/ was a young man (or a youth) of Troas tended to by St. Paul. Eutychus fell asleep due to the long nature ofthe discourse Paul was giving, fell from a window out of the three-story building, and died. Acts 20:9
The Babylonian captivity or Babylonian exile is the period in Jewish history during which a number of people from the ancient Kingdom of Judah were captives in Babylon, the capital of the Neo-Babylonian Empire.
Abraham and Sarai for fear of Abraham being killed, pretend to be brother and sister… http://www.jesuswalk.com/abraham/2_abduction.htm
There is the whole account in the book of Esther about how an adopted father figure was promised wealth, but was sentenced to death because he would not bow before the kings most honored adviser. ALL people of Jewish background were s scheduled to be killed and wept before The LORD. ALL things happen for a reason. God Knew exactly what was to occur when God Created Mordecai and his niece, whom he adopted as a daughter. ALL THINGS work together for good in the lives of those who Love God and are called according to His purpose.
I do not say this lightly. In the account, we see the former Queen Vashti deposed (why did she not obey the kings bidding?) The rigorous ‘schedule’ to be brought before the king…. A brief summation to this point is…
Esther was made Queen:
Now there was in the citadel of Susa a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, named Mordecai son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, who had been carried into exile from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, among those taken captive with Jehoiachin king of Judah. Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This young woman, who was also known as Esther, had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died.
In captivity, Mordecai heard of two guardsmen who plotted to assassinate the king… During the time Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, became angry and conspired to assassinate King Xerxes. But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai.
EVERYTHING happens for a reason! https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Everything-Happening-For-A-Reason
That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles, the record of his reign, to be brought in and read to him. It was found recorded there that Mordecai had exposed Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers who guarded the doorway, who had conspired to assassinate King Xerxes.
“What honor and recognition has Mordecai received for this?” the king asked.
“Nothing has been done for him,” his attendants answered.
The king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to speak to the king about impaling Mordecai on the pole he had set up for him.
His attendants answered, “Haman is standing in the court.”
“Bring him in,” the king ordered. Pride comes before a fall!
When Haman entered, the king asked him, “What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?”
Now Haman thought to himself, “Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?” PRIDE!
So he answered the king, “For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head. Then let the robe and horse be entrusted to one of the king’s most noble princes. Let them robe the man the king delights to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming before him, ‘This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!’ ”
So Haman got the robe and the horse. He robed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming before him, “This is what is done for the man the king delights to honor!”
“Go at once,” the king commanded Haman. “Get the robe and the horse and do just as you have suggested for Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king’s gate. Do not neglect anything you have recommended.” Again, check this out! We serve an awesome God!!!
Afterward Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman rushed home, with his head covered in grief, and told Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him.
His advisers and his wife Zeresh said to him, “Since Mordecai, before whom your downfall has started, is of Jewish origin, you cannot stand against him—you will surely come to ruin!” While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hurried Haman away to the banquet Esther had prepared.
Then Queen Esther answered, “If I have found favor with you, Your Majesty, and if it pleases you, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request. For I and my people have been sold to be destroyed, killed and annihilated. If we had merely been sold as male and female slaves, I would have kept quiet, because no such distress would justify disturbing the king. ”
King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who is he? Where is he—the man who has dared to do such a thing?”
Esther said, “An adversary and enemy! This vile Haman!”
Then Haman was terrified before the king and queen. The king got up in a rage, left his wine and went out into the palace garden. But Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life.
Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining.
The king exclaimed, “Will he even molest the queen while she is with me in the house?”
As soon as the word left the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face. Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, “A pole reaching to a height of fifty cubits stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.”
The king said, “Impale him on it!” 10So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.
Amazing! ALL THINGS work together for good in the lives of those who Love God and are called according to His purpose.
You may ask “Why Moses to Esther?” Our God never Changes!