Tuesday, January 4, 2011

History Behind the Story of Esther

There are two main characters mentioned in the book of Esther, Mordecia and Hamon. Mordecia was a Benjaminte a descendant of Saul, a Jew and Hamon was a descendant of King Agag, the Agagites being enemies of God. There was definitely a feud between Mordecia and Hamon and history revels the story and why there was such great conflict.

After the Jews exited from the land of Egypt they were attacked by a people named the Amalekites (Exodus 17:8-16). So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited (defeated, overthrow) Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah–nissi: For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.Their lineage began with Amalek, the son of Esau (Genesis 36:12).
Many years later, God pronounced His curse on the Amelikites and King Saul, the king of Israel, received orders to kill and destroy all the Amelikites and all that they had including their king, Agag, (I Samuel 15:1-33). Saul disobeyed God’s command that came through the prophet Samuel saving King Agag, the spoils of war, and the best of the animals. King Saul made excuses to Samuel for his disobedience: But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king. King Saul lost his kingdom and incurred God’s great displeasure. Samuel, however, obeyed God and hacked King Agag into pieces utterly destroying him. Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past. And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal.

Because of the story of King Agag and the total annihilation of the Amelikites, Hamon carried deep hostility toward the Jews and especially towards, Mordecai. Satan has attempted ever since the fall of man to sever God’s relationship with His people and disrupt God’s covenant promises with Israel. We must remember that God is bigger than any plan that Satan may have or had.
Thought: Nowhere in the book of Esther will you find the mention of God, the name of God, or any reference to His ways or workings. The providence of God  and His divine intervention is throughout the story of Esther giving credence to the  book and to the will of God and His covenant to Israel. Be assured that God is always working in the lives of His children even when they think they don’t see His mighty hand moving.

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