Yesterday in Esther 7, Haman had a pretty bad day. After Haman was killed on the gallows he erected for Mordecai, the king elevated Mordecai in his place. Mordecai was given the king’s signet ring—symbolizing political authority. There still exists a problem, however: the decree against the Jews is still active.
Esther begs the king to revoke the decree made with Haman to kill the Jews. The king states that he has given great authority to Esther and Mordecai, yet no one can revoke a sealed edict of the king (verse 8). Esther and Mordecai write to the Jews with the authority of the king to defend themselves against all attackers on Adar 13th—more on that tomorrow.
By the time we read verses 15–17, we see Mordecai elevated in robes of blue and white. He wore a great crown and purple linen. The Jews rejoiced, and the non-Jews started declaring themselves as Jews.
Chapter 8 highlights the role reversal between the enemy of the Jews, Haman, and Mordecai. I hope this brings you comfort today—the enemies of God’s people may triumph for a season, but they will not ultimately win.
Additionally, chapter 8 is a great snapshot of the time in which we find ourselves, between the cross and Christ’s return. Christ defeated sin on the cross—sin has been crushed like Haman. Yet, the decree still exists—sin has not yet been eradicated. As sons and daughters of God the Father, we have the authority to fight the lingering decree of sin.
As it has been mentioned, God’s name is conspicuously absent from the book of Esther although His presence is everywhere. As believers, we have enemies and we fight sin. Yet, God is never absent or far away. God’s power is displayed in our weakness. When enemies come and sin seems victorious, remember that Christ has made a way. In Christ we are the victors.
I was struck by a quote from an author that said, we often mistake success for the rewards of success. Success, however, is found in obedience rather that its rewards. Reading this chapter can focus us in on rewards, but in what areas has God called you to be faithful?
By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate