June 6, 2019

Today you should read: Esther 8:1-17

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.  

For reflection:

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

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

2 thoughts on “June 6, 2019”

  1. Verse 17b really stuck out to me this morning.
    “…And many among the peoples of the land became Jews…”

    This brings to mind another verse from Genesis.

    “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20)

    God takes the storms in our lives, and as Christians, we have the promise that God will use it for good. Even when it’s not clear how good could possibly come from the situation, God will accomplish much through the difficulties we suffer.

  2. There’s a ring of Scripture in the air behind those glorious thoughts today!

    But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. – 2 Cor. 12:9

    “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – Isa. 40:29-31

    Today’s Jumpstart was awesome, Tyler. Remember: He who is always faithful has made His promises certain at the cross. Thank you for Jumpstart today!

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