What’s the best part of any football game? (Can I get an amen that football season is upon us?) To me it’s a two minute drive with the game on the line. Both the College Playoff and the Superbowl were down to the wire, and it made for amazing games and stories! A part of any good story is seeing the climax come with intensity and drama.
In our passage today, we see the climax of the story! We have been looking at the account of Esther and seeing the hand of God at work in the lives of His people. Throughout, Mordecai is seen as having faith that God will deliver his people. Today we see that the Jews turn the tables and begin taking power over the people in the land. And it happens at the highest point of drama. Look at verse 1: “when the king’s command and edict were about to be carried out, on the very day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, the reverse occurred: the Jews gained mastery over those who hated them.” On the day that the dreaded edict was to occur, the side that no one expected to win came out on top.
We see in verse 4 that Mordecai had risen to power: “For Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces, for the man Mordecai grew more and more powerful.” (ESV) God had answered his prayer that His people would be delivered. His influence and blessing was a huge part of how God delivered his people.
What has God taught you through reading the book of Esther? Share in the comments!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice