The Book of Esther
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;)
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.
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. 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.
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. And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men.
And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha, And Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha, And Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vajezatha, 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.
The Fight Is On
It is a day in Bible history never to be forgotten but almost completely ignored by secular historians. The Jews have gathered themselves together throughout all the provinces of the kingdom to “lay hands on” which means; to kill them that would actually fight against the Jews. Mordecai had sent out a counter decree in the month of June giving them until February/March to ready themselves for battle. Now prepared for the fight of their lives, the Jews experience God’s providential care of them––instead of being the victims of death and doom, they will have incomprehensible victory over their enemies. They receive help from all the rulers of the provinces of the land and great fear falls upon the people because of the power. popularity, and public support of one man, Mordecai.
The Foe Defeated
The second edict permitted the Jewish people to take any spoil of the enemy that dreadful day but, unlike the first decree sent out by Haman, which allowed the plundering of all Jewish possessions and death, they didn’t take a thing; their mission was to preserve the Jewish race and that is what they did. Five hundred men died in Susa the capitol by the hand of the Jews but no booty was seized or carried off. The execution of Haman’s sons was inevitable–––they had already lost their inheritance and if allowed to live, would continue to cause trouble for the Jews. The tables were definitely turned on the enemies of the Jews this fateful day, nothing they had schemed, designed or intended came to fruition. The hand of God was in complete control of the whole matter and with that power, the promise to protect and care for His people was in effect...for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you. (Joshua 23:10)
Thought: If you will note, men who place themselves against God do not prevail. The wise man will hold claim to the Lord’s side and stop opposing the unconquerable, all-knowing God. One day, all battles will be over and we will rejoice in knowing that being a good soldier for Jesus Christ is pleasing unto Him; 2 Timothy 2:3-4 “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”