The king continued to give as his queen wished

Esther Bible Background

06.23.2017 – Old Testament: Esth 8.7–8

To read the Bible in a year, read Esther 7–10 on June 23, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

King Ahasuerus of Persia had promised his beloved Queen Esther anything that she wanted, including up to half the kingdom. After she did make some requests, she had more,

Then King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and Mordecai the Jew, “Indeed, I have given Esther the house of Haman, and they have hanged him on the gallows because he tried to lay his hand on the Jews. You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke” (Esther 8.7–8). 

The king gave Esther the house of Haman, but not because she asked for it. She sought nothing for herself, except to escape the extermination of herself along with her fellow-Jews. She was all about her people.

Questions:

  • What people are you all about?
  • What would you give to save your people?

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