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The Book of Esther reserves the best for last.
Chapter 8 begins with the reassignment of Haman’s wealth to Queen Esther. At this time, Esther informed the king of her ties to Mordecai, prompting King Ahasuerus to promote him to the position that Haman once occupied.
Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman. Later, Esther approached the king once again to intercede on behalf of the Jews throughout Susa. Esther wept and begged for their deliverance from the edict that Haman sent out. King Ahasuerus gave Esther and Mordecai the authority to write in his name.
Mordecai gathered the royal scribes and he had an edict written, granting the Jews the power to defend themselves against any army that attacks them. People from each province received the script in their own language.
The message was then hurriedly carried in order to make sure that the satraps, governors and officials all knew that the Jews would be prepared to defend themselves and avenge against anyone who attacks them on the day the Jews were destined to extinction.
Mordecai departed from the king’s presence dressed in royal purple and white, wearing a gold crown and a purple robe. He was honored before the city of Susa and all the Jews rejoiced greatly in the deliverance of the Lord.
In fact, many proclaimed themselves to be Jews because their fear of the Jews grew.
The Lord of Happy Endings
There is so much to learn in the first chapters of Esther. We have covered them here, and I pray that God has been working on your heart to grow from the wisdom that is found in this short book.
We are nearing the end and the excitement has not stopped.
In the eve of the story, we join with Esther, Mordecai and the Jews of Susa to rejoice in what the Lord has done.
God intervened in a mighty way.
In an amazing turn of events, the wicked is slayed and their honor and wealth are transferred to the righteous.
The new edict that is written overrides the first. The king sides with Esther and Mordecai offering them the protection of the royal word. They were operating under the full blessing of the king.
And because of their obedience and adherence to God’s precepts, He used them mightily to carry out a plan that was in His will. The Lord used Esther to effect change for the Jews in the entire kingdom. The Jews no longer had to live with the threat of what might happen to them. The one who stood against them and sought their destruction had been destroyed. Additionally, they were now protected—to defend and avenge themselves—by an order signed by the king himself.
Deliverance In Due Time
The Lord answers our cries in due time. We must trust God’s process and His timing. I am sure it was not easy not to know how these events will all turn out…
Esther did not know how the king would respond to her bold approach to him, or to the accusations against Haman.
Mordecai did not know how the Jews would be saved.
Meanwhile, Haman thought he knew the course of events that would unfold.
In the midst of all of these uncertainties, we see the work of a God who knew from the beginning. We see a God who orchestrated every event, every moment to fulfill His purpose.
And in due time, God solved the matter. God honored His children. He restored them and increased their measure. And in so doing, He received the honor. His mighty Hand weighed so heavily in Susa that those who were not Jews professed themselves to be Jews because they had become fearful of the Jews.
- Are you waiting on the deliverance of the Lord?
- Have the difficulties grown while you wait?
While it may seem like the Lord is slow to answer, continue to wait on the Lord.
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
While we may not have a physical enemy that seeks to harm us, we too have an enemy of our souls. He is eager to see our demise and while we may fail at times, we have the assurance that we are victorious.
We know how the story ends.
Christ conquered sin and death, and through Him we can rejoice in the God of our salvation. We know that our hope is secure and our feet are firmly planted on solid ground. We have the assurance that we will see meet God in eternity and we will rejoice with Him eternally. We will stand in His presence and sing “Hosanna!” to Him.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities. Psalm 130:5-8
The deliverance of the Lord is the object of our rejoicing.
And while we wait, the Word of God encourages us not to grow weary and not to stop pursuing God, and His work.
Did you notice that both Esther and Mordecai did not rest prematurely? While much victory had been accomplished, it was not time to put their weapons down and retreat. The imminent danger against the Jews remained, and as long as it was so, their focus needed to be on the salvation of the people of God.
O, how true is this for us today!
There is so much work to be done. There are so many souls at stake. We have been redeemed and we can delight in the Lord of our salvation, but we cannot stop and abandon the war that is being waged against souls.
God wants us to share the Good News with others who are still lost. He wants us to make this cause the object of our groaning and of our tears.
As long as there are sinners in need of a Savior, there is work for us to do.
The message is urgent and we must pray and labor expeditiously, for we do not know the day or the hour.
Work for the Lord as though souls are at stake.