Esther 9:1 In Difficult Times

Esther 9:1 (KJV)
Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, (though it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;)

The time was different then and the applications we make need to be explained. The only real enemy of the Christian is the devil (and his angels). A genuine Christian, with any understanding of the Bible, would never seek the destruction of another human being, even those who hate us. We are taught to love them, bless them, pray for them and do good to them.[1]

At the same time, there is a hopeful promise in this passage. The enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over the Jews, God’s people. The plan was not merely to rule them but to destroy them, exterminate them. 

But it turned to the contrary. What the enemy had hoped to do to the Jews, God overturned so that the Jews would do the same to the enemy. 

In difficult times when it seems like the world will rule over, dominate and overpower the believer, don’t lose hope. Bow before God in prayer and fasting. 

God may very well turn your circumstances to the contrary. 


[1] Matthew 5:44 (KJV)
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

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Esther 8:9 God Superintended

Esther 8:9 (KJV)
Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language.

Do not miss the scope of the Babylonian empire. It covers “from India unto Ethiopia.” There were one hundred twenty-seven provinces in all. It’s all of the Middle East, and everywhere a Jew could have possibly lived at the time. What a powerful kingdom. 

What a threat to the Jews. Should Haman have been successful he would not only have exterminated a region of Jews but the world of Jews. He would have destroyed the plan of God. He would have wiped out the seed from which God had determined, before the foundation of the world, to provide the Saviour. 

Some Bible scholars like to point out that Hamann’s hatred goes back to Saul’s destruction of the Ammonites. They say that if Saul had obeyed God and killed them all, Haman, a descendant of the Ammonites, would not have existed to persecute the Jews. I say it goes back much farther. It goes back to Satan. Haman’s hatred was the devil’s hatred. Haman’s hatred was not merely a hatred for the people of Israel but a Satanic hatred for the promise of God. 

As widespread, as worldwide as the threat was, God superintended. He always will. 

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Esther 3:2 Beginning to End

Esther 3:2 (KJV)
And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.

It seems to me that, in many ways, Mordecai is the complement to Daniel and his three friends. They were: 

  • Taken from Jerusalem 
  • Trained in the Babylonian culture
  • Served the king but
  • Refused to bow at the idol

Mordecai was:

  • Raised in Babylon
  • Lived outside of the palace
  • Loyal to the king
  • Refused to bow before Haman but was
  • Returned in the end to Jerusalem 

From the beginning of the Babylonian captivity to the very end there were Jews who were loyal citizens and, at the same time, faithful believers. 

May God grant us Christians with that same balance. 

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Esther 2:20 Concerning Authority

Esther 2:20 (KJV)
Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.

Here is an interesting piece of information concerning authority. Esther certainly was under no moral or biblical command to do as Mordecai charged:

  • She was an adult
  • She was, at this point married
  • She was not Mordecai’s child

Still, she submitted to his command even as she would have as a child. 

The lesson, as I see it, is that submission at this stage in her life was voluntary, not mandatory. Wise parenting may still influence a young adult, but it is not wise to attempt to force or impose the will upon them. 

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Esther 5:11-13 Dangerous Business

Episode #38 Haman was a Gentile and had certainly never read to Proverbs and the warning of falling into our own snare. Nevertheless the truth is universal; vengeance belongs only to God. To attempt it for ourselves is to step into territory with terrible consequences. Haman’s hatred for Mordecai was so powerful he never thought about who may or may not be related to him. He never considered that he may have stronger ties to the king than he at first realized. Offenses happen in this world. Let them go. If the Lord believes they ought t to be judged, He is more than capable of doing so.    
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Esther 9:27-28 The Grandeur of Salvation

Esther 9:27-28 (KJV)
The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year;
And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.

I consider the feast of Purim to be symbolic of salvation. A people marked for destruction from the enemy and, though the enemy had power, the king turned the thing upside down.

We have a powerful enemy in Satan. But our King has, through Jesus Christ, turned the thing upside down. In Christ we are:

  • Rescued from hell,
  • Forgiven of sin,
  • Restored to fellowship with God and

through Christ our enemy is subdued and destined for eternal judgment.

Once the victory had been secured steps were taken so the Jews would never forget this victory. We know they still celebrate the holy day but we also know it has lost much of its significance for them. We Christians need to take steps to never forget what Christ has accomplished for us in salvation. We have:

  • Regular services at church,
  • The ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper and
  • Times of special meetings and prayer

Every one of these is an opportunity to stir up in our hearts the grandeur of salvation.

May we never forget the significance of these!

 

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Esther 7:1 Refuse Mercy To This Enemy

Esther 7:1 (KJV)
So the king and Haman came to banquet with Esther the queen.

There is in this passage a portrait of immense proportions. Of course, as with any metaphor drawn from the Bible, one must take care what authority he gives his imagination.

Picture this:

Esther faces a huge burden.
In an effort to address the burden she prepares a banquet.

  • She does not drown herself in pity
  • She does not seclude herself in privacy
  • She does not demand others to care for her
  • She faces her trouble with service.

Esther invites both the source of the trouble and the one who is able to resolve her trouble to her banquet
The king and Haman are both invited and both attend. It is then she presents her trouble to the king and identifies its source. From there she is quiet and leaves the rest of the matter to the king.

 

I think I can see many ways to apply this image.

  • In family
  • In times of financial trouble
  • At work

I leave it to the reader to apply it to whatever are their circumstances.

 

I see an application at church.
Church is, in many respects, a banquet set to resolve trouble. We are strangers and pilgrims in this world. We come to church to serve the Lord and face our troubles. We invite all who share our trouble. Our enemy, Satan, comes too. Every Sunday we present our trouble to the Lord, we identify our enemy and we leave it to God to address him.

I picture our enemy, Sunday after Sunday pleading, not with God but with us, to have mercy upon him. Some give it to him.

  • They do not bring their trouble to the altar
  • They do not come to be saved
  • They do not present themselves for baptism
  • They do not unite with the local church
  • They do not get right with God

Those who refuse mercy on this enemy find the promise of God’s Word is true; submit to God, draw nigh to Him, resist the devil and he will flee from you.

 

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Esther 5:11-13 Let It Go

Esther 5:11-13 (KJV)
And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude of his children, and all the things wherein the king had promoted him, and how he had advanced him above the princes and servants of the king.
Haman said moreover, Yea, Esther the queen did let no man come in with the king unto the banquet that she had prepared but myself; and to morrow am I invited unto her also with the king.
Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.

Getting even, holding a grudge, talking about another behind their back, is dangerous business.

Haman was a Gentile and had certainly never read to Proverbs and the warning of falling into our own snare. Nevertheless the truth is universal; vengeance belongs only to God. To attempt it for ourselves is to step into territory with terrible consequences. Haman’s hatred for Mordecai was so powerful he never thought about who may or may not be related to him. He never considered that Mordecai may have stronger ties to the king than he knew.

Haman is a real life illustration why it is best not to say bad things about others to others. We never know whom they are related to and we cannot know the emotional attachment they may have already made with the one we wish to attack.

Offenses happen in this world. Let them go. If the Lord believes they ought to be judged, He is more than capable of doing so.

 

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Esther 7:9 Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out

Esther 7:9 (KJV)
And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high, which Haman had made for Mordecai, who had spoken good for the king, standeth in the house of Haman. Then the king said, Hang him thereon.

Haman had built the gallows:

  • For a man the king delighted to honor
  • Without proof of the man’s guilt
  • Without authority to do the deed for which it was designed.

Harbonah may have been the very messenger sent to fetch Haman to the banquet or else he was in close enough relationship to the messenger to have received word of the gallows. In the very room where Haman plotted against Esther’s family stood a man who knew Haman’s secret plan for Esther’s cousin.

Such evil as his may linger for a very long time but it does not escape the eye of God.

He is taken by the snare he created for another.

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Esther 6:2-3 Perfect Timing

Esther 6:2-3 (KJV)
And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.
And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him.

Mordecai did what was right without thought for compensation or reward. The circumstances with Esther had led him to be in the right place to hear of the conspiracy against the king.

They also put him in a prominent place to be spotted by hateful Haman. Haman’s plot against the Jews had been hatched and the date for its execution set. But neither Haman nor the devil knew what God was preparing for a rescue. Mordecai had exposed the conspiracy against the king because it was the right thing to do. No reward was offered and none was expected. But now, just when the Jews need some “inside help”, God reminded the King of Mordecai’s deed. Mordecai’s reward did not come immediately. He did not expect to receive a reward at all. But when the reward came it was:

  • Perfect timing
  • Perfectly executed and
  • Perfectly suited to the crisis the Jews faced

It would be best if we serve God because He is worthy. It would be best if we were content and sought no reward. But the Bible does promise us rewards that will be perfectly timed, perfectly fulfilled and perfectly suited according to our service for the Saviour.

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