Last week I wrote about Queen Esther, how she became queen and was placed in a position to save the Jews from being destroyed. King Ahasuerus had promoted Haman (a wicked man) to a powerful position. The people were to bow to him and give reverence to him.
Mordecai, Esther’s cousin, being a Jew did not bow to any earthly man. Haman became aware of it and was going to destroy him until he decided to destroy all the Jews in the 127 mede-Persians provinces. He convinced King Ahasuerus to send out a decree to kill them all because they were different, and did not bow to the king. Read all of the book of Esther it is just ten chapters, it is not boring.
Esther had not told anyone she was a Jew, at Mordecai’s suggestion. In Esther 2:21-24 Mordecai heard two of the Kings Chamberlains, Bigthan and Teresh plotting to kill the king. Mordecai told Esther, who told the King and they were both hanged.
When Mordecai became aware of the plot to kill all the Jews he put on sackcloth and ashes and cried with a loud and bitter cry, Esther 4:1.
When Esther learned the whole story, Mordecai told her she must intercede for the Jews. Remember when a royal decree was made and stamped with the King’s Signet ring, it could not by law, be rescinded. If Esther approached the king without him asking for her, she could lose her life. In verses 11-16 Mordecai reminds Esther that she might have came to the kingdom for such as time as this. She told Mordecai to tell all the Jews to fast for three days and three nights… and if I perish, I perish.
Would we be so bold?
The king did hold out his royal scepter and asked her what did she request. She requested a banquet with Haman and the King. He granted the request and asked her what was her petition. She asked for a second banquet the next day, again only with Haman and the king.
This exalted Haman in his own mind and arrogance, but when he saw Mordecai at the gate not bowing to him; he said, all this availeth me nothing as long as I see Mordecai setting at the king’s gate.
At the suggestion of Haman’s wife and his friends, Haman built a 50 cubit (104 ft) gallows to hang Mordecai on.
That night the king could not sleep so he was reading the book of records and found out how Mordecai had saved his life. The king asked Haman a question referring to Mordecai and Haman thought he was referring to him, “what shall be done unto the man whom the king delighted to honor.”
All the things Haman thought he was asking for himself went to Mordecai, at the second banquet Esther told of the plot to kill and destroy her people. King Ahasuerus asked her who is he, and where is he? She answered, “the wicked Haman- Haman was hanged on the gallous prepared for Mordecai.
The decree could not be rescinded but, the Jews gathered themselves together, and all the rulers of the provinces, lieutenants, deputies and officers of the King helped the Jews because the fear of Mordecai fell upon them.
“Thus the Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction and did what they would unto those that hated them” Esther 9:5. Truly this was divine deliverance.