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The Mobster of Mesopotamia Esther 7:1-6, 9-10, 9:20-22

The Mobster of Mesopotamia

Working to reverse wrongs is a way of living righteously.

At a Glance

A new museum has opened in Vegas and it's known as the “mobster museum.“ Now visitors to Sin City can view some mementos of that era in the new museum, which is housed in a former federal courthouse where trials of mobsters took place in the early 1950s. When we read this, we were reminded of one of the ugly characters in an Old Testament story, a story that features guys and dolls, kings, informants, henchmen and a really bad guy. And somehow, through it all, the providence of God shines through!

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For material based on this same text, see “Rules of Engagement,“ October 1, 2000, at

“In Godfather we trust.“

You can get that slogan on a T-shirt in the gift shop of the recently opened “mobster museum“ in Las Vegas. If there were ever an appropriate spot to situate such an attraction, Las Vegas is it, for gangsters were instrumental in creating the place. As the story goes, mobsters helped build the desert highway that would eventually become the...

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