Esther 9

Remember

20 Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews throughout the provinces of King Xerxes, near and far, 21 to have them celebrate annually the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar 22 as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

 

So, after the edict was signed, the Jews assembled themselves to protect against enemy threat. God gave them success and they managed to kill about 75800 enemies, but did not take their loot. Their motives were purely for self protection and not for selfish gains. Nowadays, when you see rioters who riot in the name of defending their people, or freedom, or an ideology sometimes succumb to looting and you have people taking advantage of the chaos the often ensues.

Verses 20-22 are what I wanted to focus on. It is obvious reading from the book of Esther, the hand of God moving to protect his people.  The Jews faced an almost hopeless future. Here they were in a foreign land, with no representation. Then, Haman, who was an enemy of the Jews, and 2nd in command only to the king, had an edict issued that cannot be reversed due to the law of the land, for the destruction of the Jews. All hope seems lost.

And here you see the triumph reversal of the fate of the Jews. Out of nowhere, Queen Vashti was deposed, Queen Esther, a Jew, took her place of power, won the favor of the king in the face of death, and Mordecai, a relative of Queen Esther, was also recognized for his contribution to King Xerxes. Haman, his family and the enemies of the Jews were destroyed and Queen Esther and Mordecai were in positions of power. While it may seem miraculous, just as how the Israelites escaped from Egypt, humans are just prone to forgetting the grace and strength of God.


Mordecai recognized that and decreed an annual celebration to remember this events. The people were to do a few things:

1) observe a day of feasting and joy

2) Give presents to one another

3) Give gifts to the poor

 

Have you personally experienced the grace and salvation of God?

Do you celebrate it?

If yes, what do you do to remember the grace of God?

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