mordecai esther

Esther 9

Scripture

1 Now in the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king’s commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, on the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have rule over them (whereas it was turned to the contrary, that the Jews had rule over them that hated them), 2 the Jews gathered themselves together in their cities throughout all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, to lay hand on such as sought their hurt: and no man could withstand them; for the fear of them was fallen upon all the peoples. 3 And all the princes of the provinces, and the satraps, and the governors, and they that did the king’s business, helped the Jews; because the fear of Mordecai was fallen upon them. 4 For Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and his fame went forth throughout all the provinces; for the man Mordecai waxed greater and greater. 5 And the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and with slaughter and destruction, and did what they would unto them that hated them. 6 And in Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men. 7 And Parshandatha, and Dalphon, and Aspatha, 8 and Poratha, and Adalia, and Aridatha, 9 and Parmashta, and Arisai, and Aridai, and Vaizatha, 10 the ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Jews’ enemy, slew they; but on the spoil they laid not their hand.

11 On that day the number of those that were slain in Shushan the palace was brought before the king. 12 And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman; what then have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces! Now what is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: or what is thy request further? and it shall be done. 13 Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews that are in Shushan to do to-morrow also according unto this day’s decree, and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged upon the gallows. 14 And the king commanded it so to be done: and a decree was given out in Shushan; and they hanged Haman’s ten sons. 15 And the Jews that were in Shushan gathered themselves together on the fourteenth day also of the month Adar, and slew three hundred men in Shushan; but on the spoil they laid not their hand. 16 And the other Jews that were in the king’s provinces gathered themselves together, and stood for their lives, and had rest from their enemies, and slew of them that hated them seventy and five thousand; but on the spoil they laid not their hand.

17 This was done on the thirteenth day of the month Adar; and on the fourteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. 18 But the Jews that were in Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day thereof, and on the fourteenth thereof; and on the fifteenth day of the same they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. 19 Therefore do the Jews of the villages, that dwell in the unwalled towns, make the fourteenth day of the month Adar a day of gladness and feasting, and a good day, and of sending portions one to another.

20 And Mordecai wrote these things, and sent letters unto all the Jews that were in all the provinces of the king Ahasuerus, both nigh and far, 21 to enjoin them that they should keep the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same, yearly, 22 as the days wherein the Jews had rest from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to gladness, and from mourning into a good day; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor. 23 And the Jews undertook to do as they had begun, and as Mordecai had written unto them; 24 because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them; 25 but when the matter came before the king, he commanded by letters that his wicked device, which he had devised against the Jews, should return upon his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.

26 Wherefore they called these days Purim, after the name of Pur. Therefore because of all the words of this letter, and of that which they had seen concerning this matter, and that which had come unto them, 27 the Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so that it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to the writing thereof, and according to the appointed time thereof, every year; 28 and that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the remembrance of them perish from their seed.

29 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority to confirm this second letter of Purim. 30 And he sent letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth, 31 to confirm these days of Purim in their appointed times, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had ordained for themselves and for their seed, in the matter of the fastings and their cry. 32 And the commandment of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and it was written in the book.

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scripture
24 because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had plotted against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them; 30 And he (The King) sent letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth 28 and that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the remembrance of them perish from their seed.
observation
I observed this was no ordinary battle. The Jews were not focused on the power to be gained over an enemy, the bloodshed or plundering riches. Their focus was on God having changed everything (again) for them. It still took everything the Jews had to physically overcome and defeat the enemy but the Jews had come through the toughest battle before the fighting began. It was the testing of their faith. Not focusing on unjust laws, power hungry neighbors and being stripped of the right to defend their lives from certain death… but to choose to believe in God when everything is stacked against them. To be willing to Fast and pray, to cry out to God. To beg God for mercy. To trust God would shine a light into the darkness and reveal the evil hearts of men. To believe their God is mighty to save. “Faith is being sure of what we hope in certain of what we do not see.“ Hebrews 11:1
application
This is what I love so much about God. He is a good good father to teach me… Kathleen keep your eyes on The Great, I AM. Focus on my Word, my Son and my promises to you! Walk in the fruits of the Spirit. Be kind. Be faithful. Be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. Drama is the product of Evil. Even as laws are signed, I will keep my focus on my God.
prayer
Abba Daddy, I adore you. Thank you for teaching me how to be an overcomer in a world designed to break my spirit. Thank you for creating pockets of rest for me in each day. That when I look to you for rest, I am filled! Thank you for your sovereign hand upon my life in a land where drama appears to rule the stage. Thank You for this teaching and reminder. Your faithfulness and promises are true. True for Esther, an orphan made Queen. True in Mordecai, raising Esther. How he didn’t give up when she was taken away and how he pressed IN. At every turn she reached out to her “Daddy”. How you walked Esther through each unimaginable circumstance in the kings court. Thank you for this hope on my heart… for sealing me with your Holy Spirit - that after half a life of not knowing you… I now know what I know. That nothing can separate me from your LOVE! Fear has no hold on me. Thank you, as I go about this day, you have already gone ahead to fight the battles. That I am running the victory lap.. with the baton you hand me. Thank you that all my needs are already met in You and Through your Son, Jesus. He is my Healer, Provider, Shield and Defender. I have no need to plunder another. Abba, thank you for your peace when I become aware of drama. I surrender my will! May your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. I will encourage, support and uplift the oppressed and broken hearted in your Name. Glory be to You! Amen In Jesus’s Name