Lessons I learnt
- Related to the deliverer-"And Mordecai came into the presence of the king, for Esther had told how he was related to her." I see Esther as a deliverer for the Jews during this time, being the one who could speak to the king on their behalf. When humans had gone far astray from God the Father, only His Son could plead our case before Him, as there was no one good, not even one to stand before the Father in Heaven. And those who know Jesus, God's Son as their Saviour and Lord, them He introduces to His Father(the King) "This one is related to me".
- Transfer of authority-"2 The king took off his signet ring, which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Mordecai. And Esther appointed him over Haman's estate." With the introduction to the king, Mordecai received authority, and suddenly he now becomes an important man. Once an ordinary citizen not knowing what his plight would be, now has the power to change the very edict Haman had written for his death. For us who have been introduced to our Father in Heaven through our connection with our deliverer, Jesus says"19I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you." Luke 10:19
- The New Edict- This is what was amazing to me, when the king tells Mordecai "8 Now write another decree in the king's name in behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the king's signet ring—for no document written in the king's name and sealed with his ring can be revoked." it would make sense to me if Mordecai had just written a decree cancelling the previous one, but we know, that was stamped with the king's signet ring and no one could change it. However as Mordecai wrote "11 The king's edict granted the Jews in every city the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate any armed force of any nationality or province that might attack them and their women and children; and to plunder the property of their enemies" we see the edict wasn't to sit back and watch, but to get up and fight for their lives. Jews were not saved just by watching Esther and Mordecai do the works, and we are not saved by sitting and reminiscing on what Jesus demonstrated 2000 yrs ago, ours is a battle too and every time the enemy attacks, we have the right and work to resist and the enemy will flee from us. The enemy does not go if we just wait for him to leave, we've got to show some resistance. Matthew 11:12 "From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it."