Chapter 6- King Ahasuerus could not sleep and had someone read the book of the records of chronicles before the king.
Mordecai had told two of the king’s eunuchs that someone sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. The king wanted to show honor for Mordecai because of this kind gesture. Haman had just entered the outer court of the palace to suggest that the king hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him. The king asked Haman, “what shall be done for the man whom the king delights to honor?” Haman thought in his heart that the king would want to honor him, so, he suggested to deliver a royal robe worn by the king and a horse, the king had ridden, to one of the king’s noblest princes. The prince may array the man and parade him through the city square. The king hastened Haman to do as he suggested for Mordecai, the Jew. Haman did as the king ordered and went away in mourning. They told him that he would not prevail against Mordecai.
The king’s eunuchs escorted Haman to the banquet, which Esther had prepared.
Chapter 7- The king and Haman dined with Queen Esther. The king granted Esther her a petition for her people to live and not die at the hand of Haman. Such news angered the king. The king used the gallows that Haman had built for Mordecai to kill Haman.
Chapter 8- The king gave Queen Esther Haman’s house, the enemy of the Jews. Mordecai, a relative of Esther, came before the king to receive a signet ring, which he had taken from Haman. Then, Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman. The king counteracted Haman’s evil plot devised against the Jews and seal a document, which stated everything that Esther and Mordecai wanted, with the king’s signet ring, signifying that no one had the authority to revoke. After the decree was delivered to all the provinces, Mordecai went out in royal apparel with a crown of gold. The people rejoiced with joy and honor. Many people of the land converted to Judaism for fear of the Jews.
Chapter 9- The time came for victory when the enemies of the Jews were expected to overpower them, but the opposite occurred. The Jews overpowered those who hated them.
The king asked Esther about any further requests. She requested that the Jews hang Haman’s ten sons. They were hung on the gallows which their father had hung and killed a great number of their enemies.
Then, there was the feast of Purim. The Jews who dwelt in un-walled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adar as a day of gladness and feasting, as a holiday and for sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor. Mordecai wrote letters that these two days should be celebrated every year to be remembered and kept throughout every generation and the memory of them should not perish. Queen Esther, with full authority, confirmed this letter.
Chapter 10-The King advanced Mordecai to second to him and added him to the Book of Chronicles. The Jews considered Mordecai a great man. He sought the good of his people and spoke peace to all his kindred.
Today’s Nourishment: We learn a great lesson here on just how the Lord God takes care of those who worship Him. We clearly see God’s hand of protection on behalf of His people. God uses ordinary men and women to overcome impossible circumstances and accomplish His mighty purposes.
How many times have we looked back on circumstances that we deemed impossible, only to see God accomplish what He had purposed? He uses ordinary people that have a heart for God, who trust in Him, and have love and compassion for people to see victory and breakthrough in their lives.
Yes, we can overcome impossible circumstances through a great and mighty God in whom nothing is impossible. What are you deeming impossible in your life today? This could be “Your Moment” to trust God to bring possibility all the way to victory. HALLELUJAH!
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Tomorrow’s Delight: Ezra 7-10