The king went to work

Esther Bible Background

06.23.2018 – Old Testament: Esth 8.9–14

To read the Bible in a year, read Esther 7–10 on June 23, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The king of Persia was so happy with Queen Esther that he would do anything for her and when he found out that his number one adviser had devised a plan to wipe out her people, the king gave her full authority to do whatever she wanted done to protect her people. Therefore, she and her cousin Mordecai, wanted to write a letter to the Jews throughout the empire:

So the king’s scribes were called at that time, in the third month, which is the month of Sivan, on the twenty-third day; and it was written, according to all that Mordecai commanded, to the Jews, the satraps, the governors, and the princes of the provinces from India to Ethiopia, one hundred and twenty-seven provinces in all, to every province in its own script, to every people in their own language, and to the Jews in their own script and language. And he wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus, sealed it with the king’s signet ring, and sent letters by couriers on horseback, riding on royal horses bred from swift steeds. By these letters the king permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives—to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them… (Esther 8.9–14).

How good, yet humbling, that must have been to see things turn around, for they feared annihilation but everything turned out in their favor as the king worked on their behalf and gave them the authority to do whatever they thought wise!

By the way, Esther 8.9 is the longest verse in the Bible.

Questions:

  • Do you so live that those in authority want to do things for you?
  • Is there a group of people that you hate?

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