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!
Esther’s Second Request (9:11-14)
Number Slain Brought to the King (9:11-12)
11 On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the palace was brought before the king. 12 And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman; what have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces? now what is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: or what is thy request further? and it shall be done.
Esther’s Request (9:13)
13 Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan to do tomorrow also according unto this day’s decree, and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged upon the gallows.
King’s Command (9:14)
14 And the king commanded it so to be done: and the decree was given at Shushan; and they hanged Haman’s ten sons.
Things to think about
The Jews are victorious. They are able to defend themselves. Five hundred are killed in Shushan.
Why did Esther request the ten sons of Haman to be hung? Vengeance? No!
Remember when Saul was supposed to completely destroy the Amalekites? He did not obey God. This resulted in Haman and his hostility to the Jews.
Esther knew that ALL the sons of Haman must be destroyed to ensure this wickedness would not happen again. Esther was a wise queen.
What is the wickedness in our lives that is holding us back from serving God? Have we completely put it to death? Do we want to?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001