Esther 9:1-32 and 10:1-3
I have been off blogging for a few days as we round of our look into the history books of the bible. I was already wondering what would be next after the study has been completed with the 10th chapter of the book of Esther. I have actually moved on to the book of Romans in the New Testament and completed it before remembering that I still have unfinished business with the last two chapters of Esther.
So today, as we near the end of the study, we recollect how God gave victory to the Jews over their arch enemy Haman, who wanted to have them all destroyed from the earth. However the day for executing the previous decree still came upon the Jews, but at the requests of Esther and Mordecai, they were allowed to defend themselves against their enemies.
So, what happens, instead of the Jews being destroyed, it was those who dare stood against them that were destroyed on this fateful day. No one could lay hands upon them as fear of them fell upon all the people. Mordecai became more prominent and his fame spread throughout all the provinces. The Jews killed five hundred men in the citadel, including Haman’s ten sons, and seventy five thousand in all were destroyed by the Jews throughout the land.
So Mordecai established that the Jews should celebrate the 14th and 15th days of the month of Adar yearly as the days the Jews had rest from their enemies, and their sorrow turned to joy. What a turnaround! From doom and gloom to victory and glory. The feast of Purim was established from that time on to all generations of the Jews to acknowledge this victory.
Mordecai continued to advance in the kingdom, second only to the king. He was well received by all his brethren as he continually sought their good and spoke peace to them.
So, we’ve come to the end of our study. What a journey! All praises to God for his help to develop this blog. I hope it has been of help to countless people and would continue to be useful through times to come, ages and generations. What is written is precious, for it could not be easily erased, and many to come would still be able to look through and learn. One encouragement I received was seeing that people from almost every nation have visited this website and benefited one way or the other, the count was 125 countries at my last check. This is indeed a witness to the ends of the earth as God wants us to take his message.
Let me leave you with a last thought as we end; no matter what is happening in this generation, no matter the developments, God is true, from ages to ages He remains the same. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. In Israel’s history he showed himself as God. Now He is God of all nations, having reconciled many people to himself through Christ death. We will do well to believe Him, believe in His son’s death and resurrection for our salvation (see the “How to be born again link for more information”). We should honour God as God, as we also like his people Israel, write a history that would forever be remembered in eternity.
God bless you!