Esther 8

Esther 8 has the story of Mordecai being Esther’s keeper and cousin coming to light. And Esther has Mordecai come and meet the king. “The king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai.”  There is much gratitude for what Mordecai has done in the past as well as for the relationship with Esther.  He is made head over the house of Haman.  But there is still the matter of the orders to kill all the Jews.  And Esther now pleads with the king to stop that order and revoke the letters that had been sent.

She fell at his feet and wept and pleaded with him to avert the evil plan of Haman”.  The king hears her plea, and gives Esther and Mordecai permission to write a new letter to change the earlier orders.  “You may write as you please with regard to the Jews, in the name of the king, and seal it with the king’s ring”.  That is quite an offer – to revoke something that had gone out under his signature.  But they wasted no time and drafted a new letter to each people in their own language and sealed it with the ring.

They immediately got the letters in motion.  “He sent the letters by mounted couriers riding on swift horses that were used in the king’s service, bred from the royal stud”.  They didn’t want to take any chances that someone might execute the previous orders and kill their fellow kinsman.  So they got the couriers onto their swift horses and sent the letters to every province and people.  Esther, through God’s plan, has averted destruction of her people.  Mordecai was used as well and together they made a great team walking in God’s ways.

Disaster has been stopped.  And now it is time to stop and celebrate God’s goodness.  What had been intended for evil, has been turned to good.  “Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a great golden crown and a robe of fine linen and purple, and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced”.  He has seen God’s hand at work and experienced the power of His plan.  They declared a feast and holiday to celebrate their joy.  God is good, all the time!

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