Friday, June 17, 2011

The Book of Esther #20

The Book of Esther
Esther 10:1-3

And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the isles of the sea.  And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.


Ahasuerus Laid Tribute
The simple statement “King Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land...” has great meaning. In the Old Testament the word tribute usually meant compulsory enlistment of people to forced labor or the connotation of a taxation of money. Upon the isles of the sea, implies the king’s ownership of all this land, being the eastern Mediterranean, with its many islands would be effected by this tribute. During this time of Persian history, there was a time-honoured method which meant; each province had to provide supplies for the ruler during a fixed period each year. Since the Jews were not allowed to plunder the land, “peaceful taxation” was ascribed by Mordecai as a just reward to the treasury of the king being that he was the main factor in their deliverance. Eight years after the inauguration of the Feast of Purim, Xerxes better known as King Ahasuerus, was assassinated in his bedchamber.
Mordecai Given Tribute
Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus. He had the highest-ranking position among the Jews as an international statesmen in the land. Preeminent and powerful among the Jewish people, he was admired as a promoter of the welfare of his people. Mordecai, in the brief time he was in the top ranking echelon, brought peace to the Jewish people. The memory of this man and his queen, who was willing to give her life for her people, will forever be written down in the chronicles of the king and more importantly in the Chronicles of God’s Word.
Thought: Though Mordecai brought peace to the Jews during this brief time in history our Lord Jesus Christ for all eternity will bring peace to us. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.  (Isaiah 9:6-7)   

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. (Romans 14:19)

May God’s peace enrich your life as you serve Him here on earth looking unto that glorious day when we shall know the perfect peace of God, even for ever more.

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