Archive for February 28th, 2014

Esther 8

Esther 8 has the tables being turned now that Haman is gone.  The king gave Esther “the house of Haman” and brought Mordecai in after Esther explained who he really was.  And the king took off his signet ring, and gave it to Mordecai.  Esther made Mordecai the head of what used to be Haman’s house.  So what had been intended for evil – hanging Mordecai and getting rid of the Jews – was not only stopped but God turned things completely around and puts Mordecai into the place Haman had for years, the number two man in the kingdom.

But there was one remaining piece of evil that remained – the edict Haman sent to kill all the Jews.  “Esther spoke again to the king. She fell at his feet and wept and pleaded with him to avert the evil plan of Haman the Agagite and the plot that he had devised against the Jews”.  She took another risk by going to the king without being summoned.  It worked the first time, so she probably thought it would be a safe thing to do, but it was still potentially a life ending decision on her part.  But she asked the king to “let an order be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman”.

The king receives her and the request well and gives the queen and Mordecai the authority to “write as you please with regard to the Jews, in the name of the king, and seal it with the king’s ring, for an edict written in the name of the king and sealed with the king’s ring cannot be revoked.”  That is a pretty big concession considering just a while previous the king had empowered Haman to do the same thing.  But God gave favor to Esther and they sent out a letter sealed with the signet ring the king had given Mordecai to leave the Jews alone.

The letter went out by courier to all 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia.  It was sent to the leaders in each one.  And a copy was to be displayed publicly for all to see.  Mordecai is now the man in charge right below the king.  There was celebration everywhere.  And scripture tells us “the Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor….feast and a holiday”.  What a story of trusting God and being obedient as He leads.  The story would have ended very differently had Esther not seized the moment for such a time as this.  Mordecai wisely counselled her, but she had to take the risk to be obedient and take advantage of the opportunity God gave her to change history.  We need to walk as God leads.  He is in control of all things!

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