We have come to the end of our study of Esther.
This week we will see how God triumphed over wickedness.
The Jews are safe. Mordecai has been achieved greatness is the eyes of the King and of the Jews. A holiday is commemorated to remember the occasion.
The presence of God is seen through each and every chapter. We serve an awesome God!
Jews Defend Themselves Successfully (9:1-10)
Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them, though it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them;2 The Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them fell upon all people.3 And all the rulers of the provinces, and the lieutenants, and the deputies, and officers of the king, helped the Jews; because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them.4 For Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and his fame went out throughout all the provinces: for this man Mordecai waxed greater and greater.5 Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction, and did what they would unto those that hated them.6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men.7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha,8 And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha,9 And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha,10 The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew they; but on the spoil laid they not their hand.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
The leadership of the King helped the Jews. Why was there still opposition? The sin nature of man. Unregenerate men and women hate Jews. Haman tried to destroy them and failed. So, others pick up the torch thinking they would be able to defeat them. They also failed.
When Haman’s ten sons were executed, why didn’t the Jews take the spoil? Earlier, the King gave the house of Haman to Queen Esther. She already owned the spoil.
Genesis 12:3 states,” And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
God made this covenant with Abraham and continues to fulfill it unto this very day. We must be very careful how we treat the Jewish people. God is very clear that He has not abandoned Israel. During the tribulation, 144,000 Jewish evangelists will preach about Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah, and many will repent and be saved.
The question then begs itself, do you support Israel (blessing), or are you opposed to Israel (cursing)?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001