Day 98 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Esther 1 to 8

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Esther - An Interesting Book
The Book of Esther is an unique of its style , contrasting characters and events : 
🎯 The word God is not mentioned .

🎯 Six Banquets are mentioned : 
✅ King Xerxes gave three Banquets ( 1:3,5; 2:18) 
✅ Queen Vashti gave one Banquet ( 1:9)
✅ Queen Esther gave two banquets ( 5 : 5b ; 6: 14)

🎯 Three Female Characters: 
✅ Vashti - Stubborn ( she was deposed ) 
✅ Esther - Sincere ( she was crowned)
✅ Zeresh - Stupidity ( she lost her husband and sons )

🎯 Two Male Characters : 
✅ Mordecai - Man of integrity ( he was honoured )
✅ Haman - Self-centered ( he was hanged )

🎯 13 people were hanged : 
✅ Bigthana and Teresh ( 2:21-23 )
✅ Haman(7:9-10) 
✅ Haman's Ten sons( 9:14 )

🎯 The book of Esther tells of God's Sovereignty and God's Deliverance

🎯 The Genesis of Beauty Contest 👑

📝 BACK GROUND : King Xerxes gave his second banquet , where he had already displayed the glory and riches of his kingdom, and now he wanted to display her (Queen Vashti) beauty to the people(1:11) . But Vashti refused to come , and as a result she was deposed. 
🎈 The deposal of Vashti left a void in the palace , and so a search began for a New Queen. Their approach is to gather young women from all over his empire , prepare them for meeting the king , and then have the king decide which of them pleases him the most as a replacement for Vashti ( 2: 2-4)

📝 BEGINNING OF THE CONTEST : Many girls were brought to the citadel of Susa and put under the care of Hegai. 
✅ All the participants had to complete 12 months of Beauty Treatments ( Six months with oil of myrrh and six months with perfumes and cosmetics) ✒ 2:12 
✅The participants would have to go to the king's palace in the evening and in the morning they have to return to the harem ✒ 2:13-14a
✅ She would not return to the king unless he was pleased with her and summoned her by name ✒ 2:14b 
✅ Hadassah , who was also called as Esther , was also taken to the king's palace.

What was the special Chemistry of Esther ? 

》 An orphan, raised in a loving and caring environment, where she was presumably instructed in the Jewish faith by Mordecai , her uncle . 
》 She grew into a beautiful young woman with a lovely figure .
》 She caught the eye of the king's officials and was taken into the king's harem along with other young women. ( Neither Mordecai nor Esther had any idea about this event in Esther's life . But God had a different plan ) 
》 Esther was really good and beautiful in and out . The text says that Esther pleased Hegai and won his favour ( 2:9) : 
> He immediately provided her with beauty treatments .
> He provided her with special food . 
> He assigned 7 maids selected from the king's palace to her .
> He provided her the best place in the harem .

✅ THE SEMI - FINAL : 
All the girls must have performed well but when the turn came for Esther , she won the favour of everyone who saw her ( 2:15 ) 👏👌

✅ THE FINAL RESULT : Esther was taken to the royal residence of king Xerxes 
The text says, "King Xerxes was attracted to Esther more than to any of the other women.." 
"Esther won king's FAVOUR and APPROVAL more than any of the other virgins" ( 2:17 )

》 Finally King Xerxes set the ROYAL CROWN on Esther's head and made her queen 👑 
🎈The crown upon her head was more than just a royal stains, it was a divine appointment . 
Esther had been crowned not for herself but for her people and her nation to provide and to protect the Jewish people . 
Thus , Esther became the first ever winner of any Beauty Contest ☺ ( @ Bible Quiz lovers ) .

✅ King Lemuel, writes , "Charm is deceptive, and Beauty is fleeting ; 
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised" ✒ Proverbs 31:30
✅ Peter writes , "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewellery and the fine clothes
Instead , it should be that of your INNER SELF , the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit , which is of GREAT WORTH in GOD'S SIGHT " ( 1Peter 3:3-4 )

.. 🎶..🎶 ..
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me , 
All His wondrous compassion and purity ; 
Oh , Thou Spirit Divine , all my nature refine 
Till the beauty of Jesus is seen in me .
....🎶..🎶...

GLORY TO GOD 🙏
 Mark Boje, ArP🌄



 

THE GIRL CHILD
ESTHER 2:7   And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah,that is,Esther,his Uncle's daughter,for she had neither father nor mother.The young woman was lovely and beautiful.When her father and mother died,Mordecai took her up as his own daughter.

As we celebrated NATIONAL GIRL CHILD DAY yesterday ,reading the book of Esther was most rewarding.

👱‍♀Esther ,an orphan girl ,was brought up by her Uncle Mordecai.

👱‍♀He took her as his own daughter

👱‍♀Esther was not neglected but was taken good care by her uncle(.It is written'The young woman was lovely and beautiful')


👱‍♀Mordecai had good plans for her, he took note of the King's decree and immediately acted upon it and brought Esther into the palace.
👱‍♀Esther was taught to be obedient, she did not reveal her family background as her uncle had warned her.She followed his instructions.
👱‍♀She was taught patience too, she waited for her turn,she did not overdo things to please the King but patiently followed the rules.

👱‍♀She had a good presence of mind, she immediately informed the King about the plot of killing him and put in a word for Mordecai.

The Girl Child was elevated to the position of a Queen,all credit goes to Mordecai who adopted ,cared for,taught her ways of life and brought her up in the best way to be presented before the King

Mordecai's house was a Finnishing School for the young girl Esther who one day had to walk the ramp in the Kings palace.


In India adopting a girl child is one of the most debating issue.

Female foeticide is one of the most common and dreadful happenings.

When my daughter was wished 'Happy Girl Child Day' She immediately retorted 'whats the point in wishing, can any girl move out alone fearlessly?

What is more heartbreaking is, orphanages are not anymore a secured place too.
As a minority community have we turned our backs to such alarming issues?

Do we have a Mordecai among us❓
Can we take the example of Mordecai and set a trend❓

Regards,
Suneeta.


January 24th is celebrated as National Girl Child Day



 

🍇 Simple thoughts for
           deeper meditation .💫

Esther : 7: 3  "Then Queen Esther answered," If I have found favour with you, O King, and it it pleases your majesty, grant me my life-this is my petition and spare my people-this is my request"

The book of Esther is the story of how a young orphaned Israelite girl from the tribe of Benjamin, who rose from being a former
prisoner in exile to the Queen of Persia and saved the Jewish race.
🚩 Esther was chosen to be the Queen of King Xexes who ruled an empire stretching from India to Ethiopia. Esther's role in the
saving of Jewish people came after,Haman managed to get a decree to kill all of the Jews throughout the Persian Empire in view of
taking revenge on Mordecai, who did not bow down before Him.

🚩 God caused Mordecai to be remembed favourably and publically honoured by the King. When King requested Esther's petition,
she pleaded for the lives of her people and herself, accused Haman, revealed that she is a Jew and requested deliverance.
( Esther: 1:1-6 )

🚩 Xerxes condemned Haman and honoured Esther and Mordecai. Esther was directly chosen by God to avert the destruction of His
people, from whom came the ancestors of Jesus Christ.

🚩 Esther displayed a submissive authority and found favour in the sight of all that looked upon her. ( Esther: 2: 15 ) she was a
Godly woman who sought God's guidance through fasting and prayer. She was willing to use her position of influence to do good, to
sacrifice and risk her life to save her people.

🚩 We have to use our positions, circumstances, and opportunities to save the people who are condemned to death because of their sin. We need to wait for God's timing in doing things.

The book of Esther gives us certain visions: 
⚡ God has a plan for our lives.
⚡ We are given divine moments to alter circumstances.
⚡ We must stand with courage in all situations.
⚡ Fasting and prayer brings clarity and hope for deliverance.
⚡ God always demands our obedience.
⚡ God uses everything and everybody for His divine purposes.

Dr. Thomas David.🎯



 

 THIS IS THE TIME!

"And who knows but that You have come to royal position for such a time as this." (Esther 4: 14)

God has a definite purpose in everyone 's life.

When we read the book of Esther we will be inspired to ask ourselves, to what great purpose God has brought us to this world and are we cooperating with Him in doing His will

▶The time had come for Esther to present her petition to her husband, King Xerxes on behalf of her Jewish people.

She was afraid to undertake that work because she might lose her own life.

But Mordecai who had brought her up, encouraged her, saying that probably she had been raised up of God for that particular mission.

"And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" (Esther 4: 14)

▶Esther had her God-appointed work-to save the Jewish people from becoming extinct.
And she did it risking her life.
 What is the mission God has appointed for each one of us in such a time as this?

📍 Esther did her role well in the palace.

📍Mordecai did his part well outside the palace and at the king 's gate.

Are we doing the work God has assigned for us in the place He has ordained for us?

C. H. Spurgeon said, "God has put each one of us in the right place, even as a good captain well arranges the different parts of his army, and though we do not know his plan of battle it will be seen during the conflict that he has placed each soldier where he should be."

Dear friends,
Let us remember that we
are very much in our position as Esther was to the Jews.
Mordecai told her that if she did not do her part God would do it through someone else and put her away.

And so it is with us.

If we procrastinate God's work or neglect doing it He will put us away from our position of honor and appoint someone to do His mission.

Let us not lose the great privilege of serving the King of kings!

Let us humbly say to God, "Lord what do you want me to do? Here I am ready to do Your will in the place where you have kept me"

Manjula Premraj
Chennai



 

🌸🌸 JM 🌸 🌸 JM 🌸🌸

The story of Esther is filled with📍 romance, adventure, and danger.

it s gives us a dramatic account that can give us insight into God’s special and purposeful plan for our lives.

👉Esther was an orphan Jew raised by her cousin Mordecai in Persia.
At that time they were minority in Persia and the Jews suffered much racial hatred.

When we read Esther’s story, we read as Esther being beautiful and given the royal position of Queen.

👉But we never forget from where she came from.
She was orphaned.
She had suffered great loss, even at a young age.

👉She was then moved away from her home, her family, her people, and all she knew; and she was taken to the King’s palace, given the load of expectation to succeed.

But yet she had incredible hardship.

Her people faced great tragedy and destruction. She surely felt very alone. She faced trial after trial through out her life.

📍📍 God is always at work even when we can’t see the whole story.
God’s blessings is greater than our troubles

📍 God is the only One who has the power to turn trials into blessings.

Even though Ether had an odd factor in her life as orphan, God used her to bring Him glory and to fulfill His plans.

📍 God doesn’t care about our background; God uses imperfect people like to bring Him glory and to fulfill His plans.

📍 God created us with specific gifts, talents, and circumstances to use us to bring Him glory.

God wants us to have faith in Him and trust Him that He will use us to glorify His name.

One other thing I noticed here is,
❓❓Why did Esther keep on delayed to tell the her request to King?

The King was in a good mood, eager to grant her anything she wants.

But still she waited for 3 days.

📍 SHE WAS AWARE OF HER PURPOSE IN LIFE ...
And
📍 SHE HOLDED BACK TO PRAY, FAST, AND WAIT FOR GOD’S DIRECTION, THEN ACT ON THE WISDOM HE PROVIDES.

👉Esther could have made her request there and then, but she 👉 didn’t want to rush.

Esther didn't want to do anything under EMOTION.
📍She prayed and fasted for 3 days.

📍 May be we are struggling with great fear or uncertainty. May be our future look dark.

But remember, 📍 God positioned us in our current situation with a great purpose in.

🔥 Begin looking for the Lord’s hand in our life.
🔥 He is working out His plan, sometimes silently and softly.
🔥 We are not insignificant in God’s eyes.

🌸 Jooley Mathew 🌸



 

ESTHER: Victor in the Lord

A few days earlier we read about the Persian Emperor Cyrus the Great, who helped many Jews return from captivity, back to Jerusalem. His son was Darius I, and grandson was Ahasuerus [in Hebrew language (Xerxes in Greek/ Khshayarshan in Persian)].

{History teaches us that Darius I failed in his fight against Greece. Now, Emperor AHASUERUS, the Persian Ruler, was in-charge of a big area that was divided into 20 satrapies, which were further divided into numerous provinces. His aim was to be ruler of the world. For that he had to first defeat Greece, and avenge his father's death. So he threw lavish parties and banquets to people who mattered then, to the princes and rulers, military and political masters}.

Ahasuerus ruled over the Persian Empire from 486 to 465 BC. Like most monarchs of that day, Ahasuerus was obviously a proud man too with such a big Empire to rule, and we saw three evidences of his pride in the first chapter. One of the banquets was for the women of Shushan (Susa in Greek) (v. 1:9), presided over by Queen Vashti.

🎉🎊🍷🍨
Along with these three banquets, at least six other feasts are recorded in this book, including:
1) Esther’s coronation banquet (2:18);
2) Haman’s celebration feast with the king (3:15);
3) & 4) Esther’s two banquets for Haman and the king (chaps. 5 and 7);
5) the Jews’ banquets when they heard the new decree (8:17); and
6) the Feast of Purim (9:17–19).
It’s wonderful how God can accomplish His eternal purposes through such a familiar activity as people eating and drinking! (See 1 Corinthians 10:31)

💬💭 What was the purpose behind the banquet for the nobles and top officials of the empire? We don't know, but Ahasuerus might have been conferring with his leaders about a possible invasion of Greece. Diplomacy of a different kind. In some history book, I read about a Greek historian Herodotus mentioning it. We don't know for sure. Yeah, Ahasuerus did have an eye on ancient Europe.

It's a different matter that Ahasuerus lost badly very soon. All hopes of being a world ruler were shattered. People in authority need to remember that all authority comes from God (Romans 13:1) and that God alone is in complete control. 📍

When we revise the Bible, we'll know...
1) Pharaoh had to learn that lesson the hard way in Egypt (Exodus 7:3–5);
2) Nebuchadnezzar had to learn it in Babylon (Daniel 3–4);
3) Belshazzar learned it at his blasphemous banquet (Daniel 5);
4) Sennacherib learned it at the gates of Jerusalem (Isaiah 36–37); and
5) Herod Agrippa I learned it as he died, being eaten by worms (Acts 12:20–23).

✝ Every man or woman in a place of authority is second in command, for Jesus Christ is Lord of all. What God gives, He takes it away one day! So what we have, it's a lesson not to be very proud of our possessions, positions, accomplishments... There are many in the world who don't have so many things many of us have. But one day, we'll all lose everything. Till then, let's thank God for everything. 

Then we read about Esther and her troubles, being a victim to a victor. It's a nice story to read. So don't miss it. What we read is that the Lord had brought Esther and Mordecai to the Persian Kingdom “for such a time as this,” and they were prepared to act. The Jews were only 15 million, among the 100 million Persians. If you examine history well, God’s people have always been a minority; however being “one with God is a majority.” We are all in the minority category. But when we have our almighty God with us, suddenly we become a majority! Agree? 📉📊

In the story of Esther, we see many recognitions happening. God has assured us that He’s in control of all circumstances in and around our lives and that He will write the last chapter of our story. If God doesn’t promote us here on earth, He certainly will when we get to glory. ✨

It's noteworthy to realise that wealth, prestige, and personal security could never satisfy Esther so long as her people were still in danger. To her, the most important thing in life was not her comfort but their deliverance, and she couldn’t rest until the matter was settled. How unlike some believers among us today who ignore the needs of a lost world while they search for new ways to spend money and have fun! ⚖

They think that attending church and bringing their offerings fulfils their Christian responsibilities and gives them the freedom to do whatever they please with the rest of their time and money. We need more people like Esther whose burden for condemned people was greater than any other thing in her life. 

Esther couldn’t do everything, but she could do something and what she could do, she did. That's what matters. When it is in our power to do something, we must do it. She approached the throne of the king and asked him to reverse the edict that Haman had devised. It was her INTERCEDING AT THE THRONE that saved the people of Israel from slaughter. She was asking nothing for herself, except that the king save her people and deliver her from the heavy burden on her heart. 

Esther’s example encourages us to come to God’s throne and intercede on behalf of others, especially the nations of the world where lost souls need to be delivered from death. One concerned person's timely and devotion to prayer can make a great difference in this world, for prayer is the key that releases the power of God. The world needs a great healing. Would that prayer warrior be one among us? Let our pride don't cause our failure. Pray..! Yet you do not have because you do not ask (James 4:2 NKJV). 🙏

Pray, Be Concerned & Be Blessed.

- Bob, Bangalore. 😃



 

I AM THE JUSTICE OF THE LAW

⏳ Esther Becomes Queen

So some of the king's advisers who were close to him suggested, *Why don't you make a search to find some beautiful young virgins?

Then take the young woman you like best and make her queen in Vashti's place. The king thought this was good advice, so he followed it.*

There in Susa lived a Jew named Mordecai son of Jair; he was from the tribe of Benjamin and was a descendant of Kish and Shimei.

He had a cousin, Esther, whose Hebrew name was Hadassah; she was a beautiful young woman, and had a good figure. At the death of her parents, Mordecai had adopted her and brought her up as his own daughter.

Hegai liked Esther, and she won his favor.

Now, on the advice of Mordecai, Esther had kept it secret that she was Jewish.

Esther was brought to King Xerxes in the royal palace.

The king liked her more than any of the other women, and more than any of the others she won his favor and affection. He placed the royal crown on her head and made her queen in place of Vashti.

⏳ Haman’s Conspiracy Against the Jews

The king ordered all the officials in his service to show their respect for Haman by kneeling and bowing to him. They all did so, except for Mordecai, who refused to do it.

Haman was furious when he realized that Mordecai was not going to kneel and bow to him,

and when he learned that Mordecai was a Jew, he decided to do more than punish Mordecai alone. He made plans to kill every Jew in the whole Persian Empire.

So Haman told the king, *There is a certain race of people scattered all over your empire and found in every province. They observe customs that are not like those of any other people. Moreover, they do not obey the laws of the empire, so it is not in your best interests to tolerate them.

The king told him , The people and their money are yours; do as you like with them.

It was issued in the name of King Xerxes and stamped with his ring.

⏳ Esther Agrees to Help the Jews

When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes in anguish. Then he dressed in sackcloth, covered his head with ashes, and walked through the city, wailing loudly and bitterly,

When Esther's servant women and eunuchs told her what Mordecai was doing, she was deeply disturbed.

Then she called Hathach, one of the palace eunuchs appointed as her servant by the king, and told him to go to Mordecai and find out what was happening and why.

Mordecai asked him to take it to Esther, explain the situation to her, and have her go and plead with the king and beg him to have mercy on her people.

*If anyone, man or woman, goes to the inner courtyard and sees the king without being summoned, that person must die.

When Mordecai received Esther's message,

If you keep quiet at a time like this, help will come from heaven to the Jews, and they will be saved, but you will die and your father's family will come to an end. Yet who knows---maybe it was for a time like this that you were made queen!*

Esther sent Mordecai this reply:

Go and get all the Jews in Susa together; hold a fast and pray for me. Don't eat or drink anything for three days and nights. My servant women and I will be doing the same. After that, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. If I must die for doing it, I will die.

 What is it, Queen Esther? the king asked. Tell me what you want, and you shall have it---even if it is half my empire.

Esther replied, If it please Your Majesty, I would like you and Haman to be my guests tonight at a banquet I am preparing for you.

Over the wine the king asked her, Tell me what you want, and you shall have it. I will grant your request, even if you ask for half my empire.

When Haman left the banquet he was happy and in a good mood. But then he saw Mordecai at the entrance of the palace, and when Mordecai did not rise or show any sign of respect as he passed, Haman was furious with him.

So his wife and all his friends suggested, *Why don't you have a gallows built, seventy-five feet tall? Tomorrow morning you can ask the king to have Mordecai hanged on it,

That same night the king could not get to sleep, so he had the official records of the empire brought and read to him.

The part they read included the account of how Mordecai had uncovered a plot to assassinate the king---the plot made by Bigthana and Teresh, the two palace eunuchs who had guarded the king's rooms.

The king asked, How have we honored and rewarded Mordecai for this? His servants answered, Nothing has been done for him.

So Haman came in, and the king said to him , There is someone I wish very much to honor. What should I do for this man? Haman thought to himself , Now who could the king want to honor so much? Me, of course.

Then the king said to Haman, Hurry and get the robes and the horse, and provide these honors for Mordecai the Jew. Do everything for him that you have suggested. You will find him sitting at the entrance of the palace.

So Haman got the robes and the horse, and he put the robes on Mordecai. Mordecai got on the horse, and Haman led him through the city square, announcing to the people as they went : See how the king rewards a man he wishes to honor!

It indicates that man made plans are not success but

💫 But only God's plans always success.....

*So Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had built for Mordecai.

For the Jews there was joy and relief, happiness and a sense of victory.

💫 Be fair with Innocent

💫 AS I AM.....

💫 I AM COMING SOON


"ALL GLORY AND HONOUR BELONGS TO GOD ALONE"

Sudhir



 

Esther 1-10

King Ahasuerus was a man of extreme power, wealth, and fame who ruled over 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia, Esther 1:1.

In the third year of his reign, the lavish banquet that he held displaying his wealth over 180 days, vs 4, ended with a special 7 day banquet for those present in Susa the citadel, vs 5. However this ended in Queen Vashti losing her crown, because the king in his drunken state called for her to be presented before him to show off her beauty before those present, vs 11.

She refused to come, and so, the king being openly insulted, was adviced by his wise men and discerners to ban her from his presence and choose someone in her place, who was more deserving than her, vs 19! This made way for Esther the Jewess to become the next queen, Esther 2. Mordecai who was actually her cousin, had raised her up as if she was his own daughter vs 7. In the course of time he learnt about a conspiracy against the king and reported it to Esther. She in turn reported it to the king who found the same to be true and the convicts were hung on a gallows, vs 21-23. Nevertheless, on account of his religious convictions, Mordecai refused to bow down before Haman, who was exalted by the king above all his other officials, Esther 3!

This angered Haman, and he subtly convinced the king to do away with the entire race of people who were associated with Mordecai, vs 8,9, to which the king readily agreed! As the news of this evil plot was conveyed across the 127 provinces, it met with fasting, weeping and sorrow on part of the Jews and Mordecai as well, Esther 4:1,3. When Esther asked the reason for Mordecai's strange behaviour, she learnt of the same with a request from Mordecai to go to the king and implore and petition him on behalf of her people, vs 8.

Had Esther done so, it could have led to disastrous results! Esther, on account of her humility chose a better way, and before she approached the king, she decided to fast and pray with her maidens for 3 days and asked Mordecai to do the same with the Jews in Susa. God then gives Esther an amazing plan of action, Esther 5, by which she prepares a table in the presence of her enemy, and not just for one day but for two, inviting only the King and Haman to those banquets, vs 4,8.

Strategically, she does not divulge her plea to the king at the first banquet! Before the second banquet took place, God caused two significant incidents to occur. One being that Haman gets a 75 feet high gallows prepared to hang Mordecai on, vs 14, and the second being that because the King could not sleep during that night, he learnt how Mordecai helped to save his life and how nothing was done to reward Mordecai, Esther 6:1-3. Now, before Haman cud ask the king for permission to hang Mordecai, God moves the king's heart to determine to honour Mordecai for his good deed and Haman happens to be the one he chooses to do so, vs 4-10! Before Haman realises what was happening, he is escorted to Esther's 2nd banquet wherein she reveals to the king that her life and that of her people have been put in grave danger by Haman, Esther 7:3-6! On hearing this the King is enraged, and the banquet ends by the king ordering for Haman to be hung on the very gallows that he got built for Mordecai, vs 9!

Although the edict of the King could not be changed, the king magnanimously permits Esther and Mordecai to authorise the Jews to defend themselves on the same day that Haman had determined to exterminate them, Esther 8: 11,12. Further, he also permitted them to allow the Jews in Susa to repeat the same process for one more day, Esther 9: 13. This entire exercise brought an end to all the enemies of the Jews and Haman's ten sons too, vs 12-16! A great victory ensued and all because Queen Esther chose to seek God with fasting and prayer for a solution, instead of using her own understanding to handle the matter! The story ends with Mordecai gaining a high position of honour in the kingdom and great status before his people too, Esther 10!

As we follow the principles of God's Word in true humility and faith, we too can be assured of great exploits, right in the midst of our trying situations, where God in His wisdom, has positioned us, for such a time as this!

Rowena Thomas
Mumbai,
India.



 

Esther 8:17 And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them

Although Haman was hanged as a result of God's intervention ,the king's edict to destroy the Jews was still in effect.Even the king himsellf could not reverse the offical decree,However in response to Esther,s request,a second decree was written that gave the Jews the right to fight back and defend themselves.on the day formerly set apart for their destruction,Not only did the God enabled the Jews to defend themselves.and plunder their spoil.,God caused the people of the land to fear Jews.They saw that they were as good as saved because their enemies would be afraid to attack them ,because the power was now with Esther and Modecai.
So may be the people wanted to become Jews by following circumcision,observance of holy days and dietary laws.Some of the Jewish laws would have been irrelevent since there was no temple .

There was great rejoicing in Susa now after the second decree by ....they saw the injustice of the original decree and the justice of the new one.Jews were spared and they showed restraint by not plundering their enemies.

The fear of the Jews was not the fear of Jewish aggression ,since the edict only permitted the Jews to protect themselves .They were afraid of them because they
recognised God had granted divine favor and protection for the Jews thro EstherShe prevented the slaughter of Jews ,fulfilling the lord's purpose not just for her life but for the entire people.


THE INCREDIBLE REVERSALS

In the book if Esther we see many contrasts happening in dramatic ways.

》 The very same gallows that Haman built to hang Mordecai now became his own death trap. He was hanged on the same gallows!

》 The very same popularity, fame and honor which Haman wanted for himself were now conferred on Mordecai.
When the king asked Haman what he should do to a man whom the king wanted io honor Haman thinking that the king was going to honor him said," For the man the king delights to honor, have them bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, and a royal crest placed on his head...and lead him on the horse through the city streets".
What a shock Haman must have had when the king ordered him to do all these things to Mordecai, the man whom he hated

》 The very same king who had given
👍thumbs up to kill the Jews ended up in giving
👎 thumbs down to Haman condemning him to to be hung on the gallows!!

》 The very same day when Haman was hanged all his, wealth was given to Esther.
All that Haman acquired by hook or crook was now forfeited.
That must have been a great wealth for Haman himself had boasted of the glory of his riches in Esther 5:11.

The riches of a Jew hater came to the Jew!!

》 The very same Mordecai whom Haman wanted to murder now became the top official of the king.
What would have happened if Mordecai had bowed down to Haman in chapter and 4? Undoubtedly he would sill be in power.
But Mordecai 's courage and commitment not to bow before Haman set a series of "coincidences" in chapters 5-7which resulted in the death of Haman and ultimately the exaltation of Mordecai to Number2 position in Persia

》 On the very same day the enemies of Jews hoped to overpower them the Jews got upper hand over those who hated them.

The 13th day of Adar had been originally set aside for evil but God turned it for good.

The victims became the Victor's!!!

》 The same couriers who dispatched the order to kill all the Jews now took order to the Jews to kill any one who might attack them in order to protect themselves.

Dear friends

Nothing is impossible with God! He does great things for His children eve today which are beyond our understanding

 Cynthia Sathiaraj
Chennai

 

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