Monday, April 06, 2009

Turn-a-Round Esther 8

Esther 8:1 "On that day did the king Ahasuerus give the house of Haman the Jews' enemy unto Esther the queen. And Mordecai came before the king; for Esther had told what he was unto her."

In faraway places the Jews must have been huddled in their homes afraid for the decree Haman had sent out, that the Jews could be killed and their stuff taken.

Here is an example of how the Lord works. While those people in the far flung provinces did not know of the goings on in the palace, the Lord had turned a king's heart because of a little Jewish girl and hanged the enemy and promoted a man who hung around the gate to the highest position under the king.

The children of Israel, called Jews in this Book, are still under God's protection even though he has allowed them to be carried away into captivity for their disobedience. It is love beyond understanding.

v4 "Then the king held out the golden scepter toward Esther, So Esther arose, and stood before the king."

Esther now approaches the king again and request that the decree of Haman, to kill the Jews, be dealt with. The king gave Mordecai his ring and told him to handle it as he saw fit.

v8 "Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king's name, and seal it with the king's ring; for the writing which is written in the king's name, and sealed with the king's ring, may no man reverse."

Oh ye people, who are afraid in the kingdom, help is on the way.

v10 "And he wrote in the king Ahasuerus' name, and sealed it with the king's ring and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries: v11 Wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would assault them, both little ones and women and to take the spoil of them for a prey."

The king gave them the right to defend themselves.

v16 "The Jews had light, and gladness and joy, and honor. v17 "...And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them."

These dishonored people who did not even have the right to fight for their families were now elevated in the kingdom to the point that people took on their nationality.

God is doing as any parent would do here. He may punish his child but he will not allow another to do so.

Nehemiah 9:31 "Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake, thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God."

Psalm 119:153 "Consider mine affliction, and deliver me; for I do not forget thy law."

Haman's decree is reversed.

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