by Christina Farris
1 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.
2 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.
3 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.
4 Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king,
5 And said, If it please the king, and if I have found 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:
6 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?
7 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.
8 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.
9 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.
10 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:
11 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,
12 Upon one day in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus, namely, upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar.
13 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.
14 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.
15 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.
16 The Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour.
17 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. The fear of the Jews were on the people. What did the Jews do but obey the Lord even in times of stress and fear. I often wonder when are we most vunerable, in the time of proverty, time of financial hardship or the time we are lacking in faith. The answer is when a person lacks faith. Faith never said one would not have to bear a cross, but it never said a cross was without hope, or eternal grace. This could have gone badly for the Jews, Esther might not have been in palace and Mordecai not at the gate. Yet the King was still in the Palace. God is still on the Throne, Christ and Holy Spirit is present in our lives and lives with the church before us is in heaven, we are here in this earth with His Spirit and His Word. Yet our hope is to one day be with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit with his people in the New Jerusalem/ heaven which ever comes first. Let us stop for a second King was in the Palace, in control of land, and devil was standing in his presences his name was the evil Haman. Yet King choose to grant whatever Esther request, then an act of God happened. The wrestle night of sleep, and the king got up walked around and sat on his throne and heard the things that had been recorded, and Mordecai name came up of never being rewarded for saving the Kings life. The day of deliverance had come for Mordecai.
God does have a record written down that he actually reads beyond our names, that tells the events of our life from the horror and shame, to the things that glorified him. Upon salvation all our sins(horrors and shames are blocked out) only the devil remembers to torment us on the earth. I sure there is some dull reading of some people and others maybe hard to even believe to the human ear, but I know that God knows all about each of us and he watching over us. God needs no record to remember the things that we do that glorify his name. The king being a ruler on earth could not keep or remember all the things people did so the King had them written down and read to him. Nothing had ever been done to thank Mordecai, and now he parades Mordecai, and place the ring on his finger, and then hangs his enemy on the gallows his enemy made for him. How do you think Mordecai felt. He was given his enemy home and family. How did those people feel toward Mordecai. Greater still Mordecai was introduced to the King and the proclamation against the Jews was reversed.
The people rejoiced at the deliverence of the Jewish nation. It testified to their heart to see people delivered. God is still able to deliver his people, by putting them in place even in the palace. God is still able to deliver the Christian that takes up his cross and follows. No one like persecution, and no one likes to feel lost without hope. Yet faith had allowed the Jews and the Christian that would follow Christ the patience to fast and pray and wait for God's deliverance. Can we wait for God's deliverance or do we have to seek our own. Why recap this story, because Mordecai had the victory when he requested the King for that reversal of law against the Jewish people. His victory and the people rejoiced and God's name was magnified in the earth.
God's glory will be shone even among the heathens. Many people feared God of the Jews fell upon the people. They only feared the Jews because of their God. They knew it was act of God that delivered these people. That there God cared for them and love them though they be exiled from their home land and their country due to sin. Does God not love his people still. Does God not love his people or have compasion on the lost souls of the world even before the time of Christ.
Dear Heavenly Father help us through the valleys of waiting for your relief and hope in times of distress, remind us our journey is not with hope of your divine intervention in our time frame and not ours. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:
Luke 4:17-19 KJV