It is a good day in the land – the enemy, Haman, has been hanged. Everything should be good, right?
The problem is that Haman had gotten King Ahasuerus to sign an edict to annihilate the Jews that cannot be revoked: “for an edict written in the name of the king and sealed with the king’s ring cannot be revoked.” (v. 8) What were they to do? Well the king, who now had a heart for the Jews because of Esther, summoned his scribes and told them to send out an edict “according to all that Mordecai commanded concerning the Jews.” (v. 9)
What a picture! The king cannot allow someone to change his law but can make a provision to it based on one person’s earnest pleading. Sound familiar?
So, the provision of Mordecai, saying the Jews can fight back, was sealed with the ring of the king and sent through all the land. It was because of this provision to defend themselves that the Jews survived and “wherever the king’s command and his edict reached, there was gladness and joy among the Jews.” (v. 17)
The Law of God, a law written and signed in the name of the True King, said that sin deserved death and there was nothing we could do about it. But Jesus went before the throne like Esther and Mordecai and pleaded. God, in His grace, allowed for a provision—Jesus would have to come and die for our sin. He willingly and joyfully did and now there is another edict in the land; one that we can be glad and rejoice in. Where there was no hope, like the Jews, there is now total hope. The Jews still had to fight. We don’t. We simply have to surrender. We can live in the joy of the fact that salvation through Jesus is not only not of ourselves but it cannot be revoked.
Have you been living in the reality of the Jesus and His grace?
What does it look like to live in the victory that Jesus accomplished on the cross?
When was the last time you rejoiced in or were simply in awe of God?
By: Nick Parsons