Deliverance & Remembrance- Esther 7-10
The time for Esther’s second banquet with King Xerxes and Haman arrived. While dining, the king asked her request and this time she gave it- to save her life and the lives of her people. When she revealed how Haman’s evil plot related to her, the king was furious! He had Haman removed and hung on the gallows Haman had built for Mordecai. Then Mordecai was elevated to second in command- right under the king.
Laws made in Persia could not be changed or destroyed- even by the king himself. Instead of rescinding the law to destroy the Jews, Mordecai wrote a new edict allowing the Jews to assemble, take up arms, and defend themselves on the appointed day. As word of the new law, Mordecai’s new position, and news of Queen Esther’s heritage spread throughout the kingdom, a fear of the Jews came over the other nationalities. When the appointed day for destruction came, few, relatively speaking, dared to oppose the Jews and those that did lost their lives.
God provided deliverance for his people in a way that only God can do! Chapter 9 reminds us that with deliverance should come remembrance. Mordecai and Esther worked to establish a custom of remembering the Lord’s saving hand- The Feast of Purim. When Haman selected the day for annihilation, he cast the ‘Pur’, or lot, to pick the day- thus the name of the celebration- I love the play on words.
“These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never cease to be celebrated by the Jews, nor should the memory of them die out among their descendants.” Esther 9:28
What a wonderful lesson we can find in this for us. We need to remember and celebrate the deliverance God has provided thus far! As we begin our day, let’s stop and take a moment to think back through the years to a time, or times, when God saw us through, when God came to the rescue, when God took a bad situation and made good come from it… We don’t need to forget these days of deliverance for they give us hope for the struggles today- they are fuel for the praise of our Awesome and Great God! Thank you, Jesus! My mind is already racing through time to many, many times that you have been there for me and have seen me through some tough situations. All praise goes to you! Amen!