Esther Chapter 8

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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. And the king took off his ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it unto Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.

And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews.

Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king, And said, If it please the king, and if I have favour in his sight, and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his eyes, let it be written to reverse the letters devised by Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews which are in all the king’s provinces: For how can I endure to see the evil that shall come unto my people? or how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?

Then the king Ahasuerus said unto Esther the queen and to Mordecai the Jew, Behold, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and him they have hanged upon the gallows, because he laid his hand upon the Jews. 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.

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.

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: 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, Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar.

The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, and that the Jews should be ready against that day to avenge themselves on their enemies.

So the posts that rode upon mules and camels went out, being hastened and pressed on by the king’s commandment. And the decree was given at Shushan the palace. And Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal apparel of blue and white, and with a great crown of gold, and with a garment of fine linen and purple: and the city of Shushan rejoiced and was glad.

The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.

And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.

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If ever there was a happily ever after, this would be it for this part of Esther’s, Mordecai’s and the Jews under Xerxes kingdom.

Not only had Haman received his proper reward by hanging on the gallows he’d had built for Mordecai, but now Mordecai had the ring Xerxes had given Haman, and Queen Esther made Mordecai head of Haman’s house.

The provisions given back to Mordecai and the Jews here kind of reminds me of what God gave back to Job after Job was healed again.  That’s the kind of gracious, and abundant God we have!  Not every time does He replace item for item or material things or health, yet the blessings He does give are always what we need and even in ways we never would have expected.

Surely when Mordecai was raising his niece, neither of them expected their lives would be so full of sorrow, fear and absolute joy.  I can’t imagine Esther would ever have believed she would end up queen over her people, nor that she would be having to walk such a dark road to save her people.

No, God isn’t mentioned in this short, yet incredible story- but He is evident in it.  In all the main ‘characters’ lives, He is evident. Reading this book reminds us that He is still moving in our lives just as He has in lives of those He loves and who trust in Him.

The story of Esther lives on in the yearly celebration of Purim, which was about a month ago.  The Jews have their feasts, celebrations and somber remembrances of all the things God has done throughout their history.  This week is such a remembrance of all the things Jesus has done for those who trust and believe on Him.  From the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, to His and the disciples observing the Passover, the Lord’s supper in the upper room, the arrest, trial and torture endured,  Jesus’s death on the cross and finally the glorious morning of the empty tomb we are reminded of all He has done, but like the gracious and abundantly Good Shepherd He is, promises more yet to come.

No, Mordecai and Esther, nor even Xerxes or Haman had any idea of what was going to happen in their time, just as the disciples who feared and watched their teacher, rabbi… their friend, die a hideously and humiliating death didn’t have any idea of what was going to happen either.

We don’t know what’s happening in our lives and times as everything is spiraling beyond our control… But in Christ, we know that He is in control and has an amazing future in store- whether in this life or the next. Our stories are still unfolding…

Have a blessed day all!

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