For Such a Time as this (Part 12)

estherOn the day they hung the evil Haman “King Ahasuerus gave Queen Esther the house of Haman.” (8:1) Esther then brought Mordecai before the king and explained their relationship. The king promoted Mordecai to Haman’s position and the queen put her uncle in charge of the house of Haman. Then the queen implored the king to revoke the law Haman had devised to annihilate the Jews. However, the laws of the Persians and Medes were irrevocable. Therefore the king said to Esther and Mordecai: “You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s ring.” (8:8)

The new law stated the Jews had the king’s permission to defend themselves wherever they were assaulted. When the time of Haman’s decree came and the Jews were attacked they “overpowered those who hated them.” (9:1) Not only this, but all of the king’s governors and officials “helped the Jews, because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them. For Mordecai was great in the king‘s palace, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces; for this man Mordecai became increasingly prominent” (9:3-4)

“Thus the Jews defeated all their enemies…” (9:5)

Still the story was not yet complete. Esther again made a request to extend one more day the battle in Shushan and to “let Haman’s ten sons be hanged on the gallows.” (9:13) Here we see the fruition of what we spoke of in Part 8. The utter blotting out of the Amalekites fulfilling God’s original decree in Exodus 17:14. Fifteen hundred years had passed from the time of God’s promise to Moses concerning the Amalekites extinction and the actual realization of it.

How patient is our God! How sure are His promises! How faithful He is to His people! As we observed in part 10, the 37th Psalm speaks of this so well: “He shall give you the desires of your heart…He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light…you shall inherit the earth…you shall delight in the abundance of peace…you shall not be ashamed in the evil time…you shall see the wicked cut off…and you shall receive strength, help, deliverance and salvation because you trust in Him.” That is the way of Mordecai!!! In contrast we are told: “Do not fret because of evil doers…they shall soon be cut down…they shall be cut off…they shall be no more…they shall be broken…they shall perish…they shall vanish away…they shall be destroyed.” That is the way of Haman!!!

And you? And me? We get one walk. We get one such a time. Do we go the way of Mordecai? Or do we go the way of Haman?

We will conclude this series next time reviewing Esther’s “such a time” and the applications for our “such a time.”

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