Friday, May 13, 2011

The Book of Esther 15

The Book of Esther
Esther 8:1-8

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.  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.

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. Then the king held out the golden sceptre toward Esther. So Esther arose, and stood before the king,  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: 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?

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. 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.

A Counter Decree
According to the law of the land, the property of Haman was confiscated by the king and given to Esther as an apparent compensation for all that she had suffered. Mordecai is now presented to the king as Esther’s guardian and cousin and given the signet ring that Haman had once worn with all the prestige and authority that Haman had known. In spite of Mordecai’s rise to greater influence and power, the doom of destruction by an irreversible decree, was still going forward. Esther falls upon the king’s feet begging him to stop what Haman had started and pleading with him to spare the lives of her people from being slaughtered. The Medo-Persian law states that no decree may be revoked once the order has been given not even the king himself could reverse the edit.

God's Will Be Done
The king gives Esther and Mordecai the power and privilege of drafting their own decree and allowing them to send it out under the king’s seal. Though no word that the king had sent out previously could be changed, the king could send out a counter decree which would achieve the ending result of God’s will being done. Psalm 37 says, “Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” 

Thought: Esther is standing up for her people and is bold in asking for their deliverance from this doom of destruction planned against them.  Proverbs 21:1 clearly states, “The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.” The divine hand of God changed the heart of King Ahasuerus as He did the heart of King Nebuchadnezzar. Like the channels of water; He turned their hearts wherever and however He wanted. King Ahasuerus could have denied Esther an audience but God had already turned his heart towards her and given Esther and Mordecai the right to make a counter decree. When we begin to think that God is not in control of all things and fret over the course of evildoers, we choose to live in doubt and fear, missing the blessing of receiving the desires of our hearts. God does move in the hearts of people to accomplish His purpose; our response should be one of trust. “If God be for us, who can be against us?”(Romans 8:31)

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