September 24, 2017. Esther 6-10.
We are going to finish out the book of Esther today together. There will be several turning of events in these chapters. We won’t be able to discuss all of them…so be sure and read each chapter to see the sweet reversals of protection from God for His people!
We pick up with King Ahasuerus having a sleepless night, and asking for the royal records to be read to him. The account of Mordecai warning of the threat on the king’s life was shared that night. And the king is made aware that nothing had been done to honor Mordecai. So the king asks Haman, who already prepared a plot against Mordecai “What shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?” (Esther 6:6) Haman being the proud Amalekite that he was, thought the king was speaking of him.
But as the turn of events unfold Mordecai would be the one wearing the king’s royal robe(signifying special favor)on the king’s horse, being led by Haman who was given the king’s signet ring (signifying the kings authority to issue decrees) through the city square.
The events are turned again when instead of the Jewish Queen Esther pleading for her life, because of Haman’s decree to destroy all Jews, it was Haman pleading before the Queen for his life. (Esther 7:7b but Haman stood before Queen Esther, pleading for his life.)
We read of another event that has turned (Esther 7:10) so they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.
Queen Esther falls down at the king’s feet on behalf of her people, and implored him to counteract the evil scheme Haman devised against the Jews. The position that Haman held was now turned over to Mordecai, and Haman’s letters were rewritten in favor of the Jews.
Chapter 9 is the main theme of the book of Esther. This would be the turn of the main event because of the Jews promised destiny. The Jews defeated and destroyed their tormentors. (Esther 9:5-10) 5. Thus the Jews defeated all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, with slaughter and destruction, and did what they pleased with those who hated them. This had been a war that went on from generation to generation. (Exodus 17:16) They would finally have rest from their enemies.
Love how the book of Esther begins with the feast that will turn the events of Esther’s life, and ends with the feast of Purim to celebrate the deliverance and turn of events for the Jews, from destruction through Esther’s efforts.
Just like in the book of Esther, there will be turn of events that are redirected as God allows, through different circumstances (often crisis) in our own lives. Won’t you take a moment to remember those Turn of Events in your life? Do you see His protection? His gentle guide through rough times? And if you are in the midst of a confusing event, choose to look and wait for the LORD….our help comes from HIM!!